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Tennessee Baseball vs. Southern Miss In NCAA Tournament: How To Watch, What To Know

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Tennessee baseball is looking to punch its ticket to the super regionals for the fourth straight season when it faces Southern Miss in the Knoxville Regional final on Sunday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

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The Vols can clinch a regional victory with a win while Southern Miss is looking to force a game seven on Monday afternoon.

Here’s everything to know about Tennessee baseball’s matchup against the Golden Eagles.

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How To Watch — No. 1 Tennessee (52-11, 22-8 SEC) vs Southern Miss (43-19, 20-10 Sun Belt)

  • Game time: 6 p.m. ET
  • Watch: SEC Network
  • Stream link: ESPN+
  • Announces: PxP: Clay Matvick, CC: Ben McDonald

How They Got Here

Southern Miss is in the regional final after clawing its way out of the loser’s bracket for the second straight season. After falling to Indiana 10-4 on Friday, the Golden Eagles have defeated Northern Kentucky 6-0 and Indiana 15-3 to stay alive.

Tennessee is in the Knoxville Regional final through the winners’s bracket. The Vols knocked off Northern Kentucky 9-3 on Friday night before taking care of Indiana 12-6 on Saturday night. Tony Vitello’s squad enters Sunday’s matchup having won 11 straight regional games.

Projected Pitching Matchup

  • LHP Zander Sechrist (3-1, 3.90 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 55.1 IP, 57 K, 11 BB) vs. RHP JB Middleton (2-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 34 IP, 41 K, 21 BB)

Bats To Know

Tennessee:

2B Christian Moore — .384/.451/.792, 29 HR, 46 EBH, 66 RBI, 28 BB, 42 K

1B Blake Burke — .366/.438/.683, 17 HR, 42 EBH, 51 RBI, 29 BB, 39 K

3B Billy Amick — .318/.399/.682, 21 HR, 34 EBH, 60 RBI, 24 BB, 43 K

RF Kavares Tears — .337/.440/.649, 17 HR, 30 EBH, 50 RBI, 39 BB, 60 K

LF Dylan Dreiling — .327/.440/.688, 18 HR, 37 EBH, 62 RBI, 44 BB, 53 K

Southern Miss:

*Not updated to include stats from Sunday’s game against Indiana

Slade Wilks — .331/.406/.594, 14 HR, 34 EBH, 66 RBI, 27 BB, 53 K

Carson Paetow — .285/.429/.543, 11 HR, 24 EBH, 46 RBI, 43 BB, 53 K

Dalton McIntyre — .387/.439/.474, 2 HR, 15 EBH, 34 RBI, 20 BB, 28 K

Matthew Russo — .321/.451/.514, 6 HR, 15 EBH, 35 RBI, 17 BB, 27 K

Davis Gillespie — .309/.386/.512, 8 HR, 26 EBH, 42 RBI, 19 BB, 45 K

Recent Results

Tennessee:

  • Defeated Indiana 12-6 in Knoxville Regional
  • Defeated Northern Kentucky 9-3 in Knoxville Regional
  • Went 4-1 to win the SEC Tournament (wins over Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and LSU)
  • Swept South Carolina in Knoxville
  • Won two out of three against Vanderbilt in Nashville

Southern Miss:

  • Defeated Indiana 15-3 in Knoxville Regional
  • Defeated Northern Kentucky 6-0 in Knoxville Regional
  • Lost to Indiana 10-4 in Knoxville Regional
  • Went 4-0 to win the Sun Belt Tournament (wins over Coastal Carolina, Troy, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern)
  • Won two out of three against Texas State in Hattiesburg
  • Swept Arkansas State in Jonesboro

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