Tennessee pitcher Ethan Smith is transferring to Lipscomb after spending one year in Knoxville, Smith announced on Twitter Monday night.
— Ethan Smith (@ethansmithmj) August 29, 2022
Smith posted a 7.36 ERA while pitching just 3.2 innings in his lone season at Tennessee. The Mount Juliet native couldn’t earn a major role in Tennessee’s loaded pitching staff and struggled in his limited opportunities early in the season.
Smith allowed one run in 0.2 innings against No. 1 Texas and didn’t face another power five opponent the rest of the season.
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The RHP transferred to Tennessee from Vanderbilt ahead of the 2022 season, receiving eligibility just days before the start of the season.
Smith was solid in his three seasons with the Commodores, posting an 8-0 record and 2.78 ERA in 64.2 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-2 pitcher’s role decreased every year in Nashville. After pitching 33 innings as a freshman and 19 innings in the COVID-19 shortened 2022 season, Smith totaled just 12.2 innings in his final season with the Commodores.
Smith is expected to receive immediate eligibility for the Bison despite transferring twice in as many years.
Tennessee plays Lipscomb in a midweek game most seasons, including a 5-1 victory a season ago. The Bison upset Tennessee, 4-1, during the Vols’ 2021 College World Series season.