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Dylan Dreiling Named Knoxville Regional MVP

Dylan Dreiling celebrates a hit vs. Southern Miss in the Knoxville Regional // photo via UT Athletics Kate Luffman

Tennessee baseball left-fielder Dylan Dreiling has been named Knoxville Regional MVP after his great weekend at the plate in Tennessee’s regional sweep.

Dreiling led the Vols with a .538 batting average adding three RBI, three walks and five total runs scored. Two of Dreiling’s seven hits were home runs and two were doubles. The do-it-all sophomore only struck out twice and finished the weekend with a .625 on-base percentage and 1.154 slugging percentage. Dreiling also led the team with 15 total bases in the regional.

Dreiling played a significant part in Tennessee’s 3-0 sweep of the Knoxville Regional, its fourth straight regional sweep dating back to 2021. With the sweep, Tennessee advances to its fourth straight Super Regional and third in Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the past four years.

Dreiling, 21, has been a staple in the best lineup in the country, totaling 19 home runs, 18 doubles, 63 RBI and a team-high 45 walks while slashing .330/.450/.703.

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Dreiling’s first homer on the weekend came late in Tennessee’s 9-3 win over Northern Kentucky when he roped a two-run laser into the Tennessee bullpen. The Hays, Kansas, native’s second blast of the weekend came in Tennessee’s 12-3 Sunday win over Southern Miss when he smacked a leadoff solo homer to centerfield in the seventh.

The homer was Tennessee’s 157th of the season and third of the game. Tennessee hit two more homers in the late innings against Golden Eagles, giving them 159 so far on the year, which is a program single-season record.

The 2022 team previously held the record, hitting 158 in 66 games. Tennessee has hit 159 in 64 games so far this season.

Dreiling’s big weekend is a bounceback after a down week in Hoover last week, when he hit .125 in Tennessee’s 4-1 week. The sophomore will continue to be a top force in Tennessee’s extremely dangerous lineup batting in the cleanup spot as the postseason progresses.

Tennessee will host either East Carolina or Evansville next weekend in the Knoxville Super Regional.

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