How To Watch: Tennessee Ready To Rumble With Campbell Saturday Night

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Tennessee baseball resumes NCAA Tournament play at 7 p.m. ET Saturday night against No. 3 seed Campbell. The SEC Network will broadcast the Saturday nightcap of the Knoxville Regional between the Vols and Fighting Camels

Campbell opened up the Knoxville Regional by defeating ACC-foe Georgia Tech, 15-8. The Fighting Camels jumped out to a commanding, 12-2, lead in the first six innings as Campbell ace Thomas Harrington held Georgia Tech’s dynamic offense at bay.

The Big South Tournament Champions boast a dynamic offense that includes six players with double-digit home runs and three players with 15 or more home runs. Harrington is by far the Fighting Camels best pitcher. While Campbell coach Justin Haire didn’t announce its starter for Saturday night, RHP Cade Kuehler (4-5, 3.62 ERA) is the Fighting Camels’ next best starter.

More From RTI: Tennessee Rolls Past Alabama State To Open Knoxville Regional

Tennessee advanced to the winner’s bracket of the Knoxville Regional with a ho-hum, 10-0, victory over Alabama State on Friday night. The Vols’ offense used a meticulous and steady offensive outburst, scoring in six of eight innings including a five-run sixth inning.

The Vols combined for five home runs at Lindsey Nelson Stadium — which was playing as small as ever Friday night. Jordan Beck went deep twice while Drew Gilbert, Jorel Ortega and Blake Burke each recorded home runs.

On the mound, Blade Tidwell used his best outing of the season to shutout the Fighting Camels through 7.2 innings pitched. The sophomore allowed just three baserunners while striking out seven batters.

“I would say I’ve returned to form,” Tidwell said. “I’ve been feeling like that, I know the results haven’t been what I wanted, but I’ve always had that confidence this year in my stuff and it’s nice to see it play out on the field.”

SEC Pitcher of the Year and Tennessee ace Chase Dollander will start for Tennessee Saturday night against Campbell.

Georgia Tech and Alabama State open up Saturday play at the Knoxville Regional at noon ET.

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.