If you’ve read any of my previous baseball related articles, then you know one thing is for sure. I am VERY excited for this upcoming season with the BaseVols. The combination of college baseball season, and having a team with high expectations, has created a feeling that doesn’t come along very often for Tennessee sports fans. This past Saturday, during the bye week for the football team, the Tennessee baseball team hosted the Clemson Tigers for a fall scrimmage session. Here’s a quick recap of what took place:
– The session was divided into a pair of 8 inning games –
Vols Game 1 Pitching:
- The Vols turned to Junior Garrett Crochet for the start of the first game. He only worked for the first two innings of the game, but was still able to collect 3 K’s while not allowing a hit. Look for Crochet to likely be the ace for the staff this season.
- Sophomore Tanner Kohlhepp came in and worked a out of an early jam in the 3rd inning.
- Sophomore Camden Sewell allowed 1 RBI off a balk in the 4th inning.
- JUCO transfer Jason Rackers allowed 1 hit and collected 2 K’s in the 5th inning.
- Freshman Drew Gilbert allowed 1 hit and collected 1 K in the 6th inning.
- JUCO transfer Jackson Leath collected 2 K’s in the 7th inning.
- Freshman Christian Delaschmit allowed 1 RBI in the 8th inning.
- Redshirt Junior Redmond Walsh ended off the 8th and final frame with a K.
Vols Game 1 Offense:
- After Sophomore Max Ferguson led off the game with a single, the Vols started scoring early with fellow Sophomore Trey Lipscomb’s RBI double.
- Junior Zach Daniels scored on a Clemson error in the 4th inning.
- Later in the inning, Sophomore Jake Rucker added an RBI single.
- Lipscomb added another RBI off a big home run in the bottom of the 5th inning.
- Daniels added 3 RBI’s with a home run in the 7th inning.
Game 1 Final (W): 7 – 2
Vols Game 2 Pitching:
- Junior Chase Wallace got the start for the Vols in the second matchup. Wallace struck out the side in the 1st inning, on the way to a scoreless two innings of work.
- Freshman Kirby Connell worked a solid 3rd inning.
- Sophomore Elijah Pleasants collected a pair of K’s in the 4th inning.
- JUCO transfer Kody Davidson worked a solid 5th inning.
- Freshman Mark McLaughlin worked a solid 6th inning.
- Freshman Ethan Anderson worked a solid 7th inning.
- JUCO transfer Chad Dallas worked a solid 8th inning.
Vols Game 2 Offense:
- The Vols started slow in this matchup, but were eventually able to get on the board in the 5th inning on a RBI single by Sophomore Christian Scott.
- Senior Landon Gray added a solo home run in the 6th inning.
- Later in the inning, Sophomore Max Ferguson brought in Junior Evan Russell on a sac fly.
Game 2 Final (W): 3 – 0
Tennessee outscored Clemson 10 – 2 on the day, and showed a mix of both veteran and young talent. What really stood out to me was the power that the team showed in both games. All three of the Vols home runs were absolute bombs, with a couple of them even hitting the scoreboard. What should also have Vol fans excited was the young pitchers in both games. 3rd year coach Tony Vitello showed off new guys, and pitched 5 freshman on the day. They combined to only give up 1 run through 16 innings of work.
While it was only a fall scrimmage session, the BaseVols looked solid in every aspect of play. This team has big goals, and will have a lot of people watching them. So far, it looks like the young guys Vitello is bringing in are going to be more than able to help carry those expectations.
*Knocks on wood because of previous bad experiences with a certain UT program*
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