Tennessee baseball heads to Hattiesburg, Mississippi needing two wins to return to the College World Series for the first time since 2021.
The Vols are back in the super regionals for the third straight season after sweeping through the Clemson Regional while Southern Miss is hosting a super regional for the second straight season after climbing out of the losers bracket to win the Auburn Regional.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NCAA Tournament series between Tennessee and Southern Miss.
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Game Times — Tennessee (41-19, 16-14 SEC) vs. Southern Miss (45-18, 22-8 Sun Belt)
Game one (Saturday): 3 p.m. ET
Game two (Sunday): Approximately 3 p.m. ET
Game three (Monday if necessary): TBD
How To Watch
Dusin Dickerson — .328 BA, .421 OBP, .968 OPS, 10 HR, 33 XBH, 50 RBIs, 13-16 SB
Matthew Etzel —.317 BA, .384 OBP, .856 OPS, 7 HR, 26 XBH, 51 RBIs, 23-28 SB
Slade Wilks — .291 BA, .383 OBP, .995 OPS, 20 HR, 34 XBH, 58 RBIs
Danny Lynch — .257 BA, .409 OBP, .919 OPS, 13 HR, 27 XBH, 53 RBIs
Christopher Sargent — .256 BA, .327 OBP, .798 OPS, 13 HR, 25 XBH, 43 RBIs
Both Tennessee and Southern Miss have unfinished business on their mind after each fell in the super regionals a season ago. While neither team was a regional host, Tennessee is headed to Hattiesburg, giving them an added chip on its shoulder.
Southern Miss is a good team but Tennessee is more talented and has had a more impressive resume this season. I think it’s a relatively good matchup for Tennessee too. The Golden Eagles are heavy on right-handed pitching and aren’t aggressive on the base paths.
I predict the depth and talent of Tennessee’s pitching staff will overpower the Golden Eagles over the course of a three game series. The biggest question to me is how effective Southern Miss ace Tanner Hall will be after throwing over 150 pitches last week in the Auburn Regional. If Tennessee gets to Hall I don’t see Southern Miss path to victory.
Tennessee wins in two games