Tennessee Calms The Tide, Heading To Semifinals On Saturday

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It was another offensive explosion for Tennessee, this time it was against Alabama. A day after run-ruling Mississippi State, the Vols did the exact same to the Tide. The Vols came into their matchup against Alabama looking to make up for the crazy 9th inning loss on Wednesday. On Friday, they took care of business, early.

2021 SEC Baseball Tournament – Game 12: #4 Vanderbilt vs #31 Arkansas

It didn’t take long for the Vols to get things rolling against the Tide, as Luc Lipcius drilled a 2-run homer to right field, giving them a 2-0 lead. It didn’t take long for the Vols to open it up even further, as they tacked on 5 runs in the 3rd inning. The Vols led 7-0 and never looked back.

In the 4th inning, Evan Russell jacked a 2-run homer and put the Vols up 9-0, as they switched to batting practice in hoover. Thanks to back-to-back homers from Liam Spence and Max Ferguson, Tennessee led 11-0 and were looking to head back to the hotel early.

2021 SEC Baseball Tournament – Game 12: #4 Vanderbilt vs #31 Arkansas

After Blade Tidwell hit 99 mph on the radar gun in the 1st inning, this was already starting to feel like it could be a long day for Alabama. Tidwell threw 95 pitches for his team, with 5 K’s and only giving up 2 hits. He was in the zone for his entire time on the mound. Kirby Connell entered the game in the 7th inning, and finished it off the Vols.

Tennessee has outscored their opponents 23-2 in the past two games, hitting 6 HR’s and not chasing many pitches. The Vols pitching staff has only given up 5 runs through 3 games in Hoover, putting them in perfect position to take advantage of their opportunities at the plate.

“I felt like everybody wanted their revenge”, Tidwell said postgame.

The Vols will now play Florida in the semifinals on Saturday, at 1pm ET.

 

Trey Wallace is a Knoxville-based journalist who has been covering University of Tennessee athletics since early 2018. His passion for sports is evident in his work and has led him to break some of college football's biggest stories. His vast social media reach and natural podcast proficiency continue to make Wallace one of Vol Nation's most trusted sources. Wallace was born and raised in Mobile, AL and graduated from the University of South Alabama. He loves the mountains as much as the beach and looks forward to living in East Tennessee for many years to come.