The Clemson Regional has come to an end, as Tennessee baseball is headed to the Supers after going 3-0 on the weekend.
Multiple Vols had big plays over the weekend to help Tennessee go undefeated in the South Carolina upstate, most notably Regional MVP Christian Moore.
Moore raked all weekend for the Vols, going 7-10 at the plate with eight RBIs and four home runs. His efforts led to the media voting the Volunteer second baseman Regional MVP.
Moore also landed as the starting second baseman on the Regional All-Tournament team, joining three of his teammates on the team.
The entire Regional All-Tournament team is below, along with weekend statistics on the four Vols that made the team.
Clemson Regional All-Tournament Team
C – Cooper Ingle, Clemson
1B – Caden Grice, Clemson
2B – Christian Moore*, Tennessee
SS – Jack Dragum, Charlotte
3B – Zane Denton*, Tennessee
OF – Alex Vergara*, Lipscomb
OF – Cam Cannarella, Clemson
OF – Will Taylor, Clemson
DH/UT – Griffin Merritt, Tennessee
P – Caden Grice, Clemson
P – Andrew Lindsey, Tennessee
MVP – Christian Moore, Tennessee
* – unanimous selection
Of the four Vols to make the team, Moore and Denton were the only two to be unanimous selections.
Although Christian Moore won Regional MVP, Denton had a compelling case to receive the recognition. After going 0-4 on Friday, Tennessee third baseman hit two home runs in Tennessee’s win over Clemson, with one being a go-ahead three-run blast in the ninth.
Denton hit another home run on Sunday, hammering a solo blast in the fourth inning to put Tennessee ahead 4-0. In addition to his offense, Denton had a couple nice defensive plays over the weekend, including an elite tag to help catch Clemson’s Cam Cannarella stealing in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday.
Denton’s final stat line for the regional: 3-12, 5 RBI, 3 HR, 2 intentional walks
Merritt earned the nod at DH for the all-tournament team after having a very solid weekend at the plate.
In three starts at DH, Merritt went 6-13 at the plate with 3 RBI and a walk. Merritt also had a double in Sunday’s contest.
Andrew Lindsey was the only pitcher to land on the team. The junior righty pitched a stellar outing in Tennessee’s 8-1 win over Charlotte on Friday.
Lindsey’s stat line from his fantastic start is below.
7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (tied career-high), 75 strikes on 116 total pitches (career-high) against 27 batters
Coming off arguably their most complete weekend of baseball yet this season, the Vols will turn their focus to the Super Regional. Tennessee has a case to host, as the only teams remaining in the corresponding Auburn regional are Penn and Southern Miss.
Penn has no chance at hosting a super regional, but Southern Miss could host over Tennessee. But the Golden Eagles must beat Penn on Sunday night and Monday to even reach the next round.