Tennessee Pitching Trio Lands Summer Invitation from Team USA

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As Tennessee continues to rack up individual awards from the regular season, a trio of Tennessee’s pitchers has been invited to take part in the Team USA collegiate national baseball team this upcoming summer. In fact, the trio of Volunteer pitchers makes us Tennessee’s entire regular-season weekend rotation.

According to a press release from Tennessee Athletics this week, Chase Dollander, Chase Burns, and Drew Beam have all received the Team USA invitation.

Tennessee’s invitation also continues a recent run of the Volunteers’ summer collaboration with Team USA. Tennessee pitcher Blade Tidwell and outfielder Drew Gilbert were on Team USA last summer, while former Tennessee pitcher Garrett Crochet was on the team in the summer of 2019.

The Team USA summer baseball schedule will feature an almost non-stop set of games spanning the first two weeks of July. Team USA will have intrasquad games every day from June 30 to July 4 featuring the Stars vs Stripes battling head-to-head. Following a quick travel break, Team USA will then be back to face five international teams on five straight days from July 9 to 13. While the intrasquad games will take place close by on the east coast, the international games will be held in the Netherlands.

The Team USA summer collegiate schedule is as follows:

  • June 30 – Stars vs Stripes – Cary, N.C.
  • July 1 – Stars vs Stripes – Durham, N.C.
  • July 2 – Stars vs Stripes – Durham, N.C.
  • July 3 – Stars vs Stripes – Durham, N.C.
  • July 4 – Stars vs Stripes – Charlotte, N.C. (Truist Park)
  • July 9 – USA vs Japan – Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • July 10 – USA vs Italy – Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • July 11 – USA vs Cuba – Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • July 12 – USA vs the Netherlands – Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • July 13 – USA vs Curacao – Haarlem, the Netherlands

Dollander, Burns, and Beam were terrific for Tennessee in the regular season, which led the Vols to the No. 1 ERA in college baseball by the end of the season. Despite a small handful of challenging outings here and there, overall, all three pitchers have been vital for Tennessee’s success this season.

Tennessee Baseball: By the Numbers – Tennessee’s Super Regional Opponent – Notre Dame

Chase Dollander (9-0):

  • 72 IP, 45 hits, 23 runs, 19 earned runs, 13 walks, 103 strikeouts
  • SEC Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-American, First Team All-SEC
Chase Dollander

Tennessee pitcher Chase Dollander against Campbell. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

Chase Burns (8-1):

  • 73.2 IP, 60 hits, 27 runs, 22 earned runs, 24 walks, 98 strikeouts
  • Third Team All-American, Second-Team All-SEC, Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist, SEC All-Freshman Team selection

Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

Drew Beam (8-1):

  • 76 IP, 50 hits, 26 runs, 23 earned runs, 21 walks, 62 strikeouts
  • SEC Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-SEC, SEC All-Freshman Team selection
Drew Beam

Tennessee pitcher Drew Beam. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.