Tennessee Baseball head coach Tony Vitello met with the media following the Vols’ 8-2 series-opening win over Gonzaga on Friday night to discuss Tennessee’s ninth-consecutive win.
Vitello spoke on Tennessee’s six-run sixth inning, what he saw from Chase Dollander in his start, what he saw from Gonzaga’s starter Owen Wild and more.
“I don’t necessarily know that anyone figured him out,” Vitello said when talking about Wild’s exit from the game in the sixth inning. “I know that’s contradictory because a couple guys hit the ball out of the park, but Christian Moore’s at-bat could have gone either way. He could have struck out, he could have walked and he just kind of had a little extra to him that at-bat and that competitiveness ramped up.”
Tennessee’s win marked No. 200 for Vitello in his career on Rocky Top, and Vitello noted he’s proud that ‘the group has stuck together.’
Pretty damn proud this group has stuck together,” Vitello said when talking about the entire team. “There’s been a lot of under the table offers and over the table offers. Different things coming up and I think we’re all loyal to this university. I think we’re loyal to Knoxville. I think we love working for each other, and I think the kids like being around the whole group because if it’s not a happy marriage the kids can smell that out as well as anybody.”
Vitello’s entire postgame press conference video is below.