The Tennessee Volunteers baseball team might’ve proven to be one of the best teams in the country after sweeping the Round Rock Classic.
Going into the Round Rock Classic, the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team was seen as a lower-level team. People expected them to go 1-2 or maybe 2-1 if they can show out.
After the three-game weekend starting on Friday, the Vols finished 3-0 and swept the other three teams. Tennessee opened the weekend by beating the best team in the tournament and the top-ranked team, the #1 Texas Tech Red Raiders.
It wasn’t even close either. The Vols dominated throughout the game and didn’t give the Red Raiders any chance at making a comeback after the Vols jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning.
On Saturday, Tennessee played the second Texas-based team in the tournament, the Houston Cougars. The Vols had a repeat game and went on to win 8-4 in another convincing win for Tony Vitello’s Vols.
That win put the Vols at 2-0 on the weekend and left the Vols with one final opponent. Tennessee was the first of two games on Sunday as they faced off against the Stanford Cardinal.
The Tennessee offense was not done after scoring a combined 14 points. Once again, the Vols were the first team to get on the board after scoring two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Stanford proceeded to score two runs and tied the game in the fifth inning. After that, it was all Vols as they scored five unanswered runs to finish off Stanford in three of the final four innings and win the game 7-2.
Redmond Walsh pitched the final three innings to get the save and allowed zero hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
The BaseVols pitching has been phenomenal early in the season. Through the first 63 innings, the Tennessee pitching staff has allowed 14 runs. The offense has outscored its opponents 74-14.
That’s not a bad way to open the season, and it’s proven that Tennessee can hang with some of the best teams in the country. Coming into the weekend, of course, Texas Tech was ranked, but so was Stanford.
Now, as the Kings of Round Rock, Tennessee will look to finish off February with wins in its final four games of the month. After that, we’re not too far away from SEC play getting started as the undefeated Vols’ opening series will be at South Carolina.