WATCH: Tony Vitello Talks Start Of Fall Practice

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Tennessee baseball HC Tony Vitello speaking with the media on Thursday, Sept. 30.

Tennessee head baseball coach Tony Vitello met with the media Thursday as his fifth team began fall practice that afternoon.

The Vols are coming off their best baseball season in two decades, winning its most SEC games since 1995, winning the SEC East for the first time since 1997 and returning to Omaha and the College World Series for the first time since 2005.

Thursday, Vitello made it clear his team didn’t have to look far for motivation. Tennessee lost its final two games of the season, the first two game losing streak in the Vols’ magical campaign.

Vitello also discussed what his new infield could look like, the Vols’ incoming transfer pitchers, Tennessee fans and the Vols position battle at catcher.

Tennessee plays a pair of scrimmages against division one opponents this fall, playing Georgia State in Chattanooga and Louisiana Tech in west Tennessee.

Here’s everything Tennessee’s head coach had to say.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.