How Tennessee Baseball’s Best Are Performing In USA Collegiate Scrimmages

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Via Tennessee Baseball Twitter

Tennessee baseball’s Drew Gilbert and Blade Tidwell are participating in Team USA Collegiate Baseball scrimmages this summer at locations across the Appalachian.

The Tennessee duo are two of 46 collegiate underclassmen participating in 11 intrasquad scrimmages and three scrimmages against professional players.

Gilbert has impressed in the first six scrimmages playing on the Stripes Team. Hitting in the leadoff spot in four games, the Tennessee outfielder is hitting 7-of-20 with two RBIs. Gilbert impressed in a big way in game two, hitting 2-for-4.

The Vols’ cleanup hitter hit .274 with 10 home runs and a team high 62 RBIs in his sophomore season.

Tidwell struggled in his first start at the event, allowing four hits, two walks and four earned runs in three innings pitched. The talented right hander did record four strikeouts in The Stars, 7-4, loss.

The Loretto, Tennessee native earned Freshman All American honors this season as a weekend starter for the Vols. Tidwell posted a 10-3 record and 3.74 ERA while striking out 90 batters.

Florida, LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas are the only other SEC schools with multiple players in the event.

The next two scrimmages of the event will come July 9 and July 10 at Elizabethton’s Riverside Park and Kingsport’s Hunter Wright Stadium.

When the scrimmages end, Gilbert will join Jordan Beck in the Cape Cod League playing for the Harwich Mariners.

Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.