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BREAKING: Tennessee Baseball is Headed to the College World Series for the Third Time in Four Years

Blake Burke at first base against Texas Tech // Photo via UT Athletics

Tennessee baseball has done it again.

The Vols punched their ticket to the College World Series on Sunday with a 12-1 win over Evansville to win two of three games in the Knoxville Super Regional.

After securing a dominant 11-6 win in game of the Super Regional, Tennessee looked to poised to sweep the Purple Aces and advance to the College World Series with relative ease. However, Evansville punched back on Saturday in a big way, winning a 10-8 thriller in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Despite the disappointing loss, Tennessee came to the ballpark ready to go on Sunday and won a stress-free contest. The Vols hit a whopping seven home runs, setting a single-game postseason program record and tying an overall single-game program record, as Tennessee’s elite offense shelled Evansville’s starter and depleted bullpen. Meanwhile, senior left-handed pitcher Zander Sechrist was great on the mound for the fourth straight week, allowing one unearned run in a career-long 6.1 innings.

The fourth-year true senior had the best outing of his career when it mattered most and in his final outing in Lindsey Nelson Stadium, a place he pitched countless midweeks before coming one of Tennessee’s best and most significant pitchers of the 2024 College World Series team.

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Tennessee is the third team to advance to Omaha in three of the past four years, joining Virginia (2021, 2023, 2024) and Stanford (2021-2023).

Tennessee baseball’s dominance this decade cannot be overstated. The Vols can lay claim to two regular season SEC championships, two SEC Tournament titles and three College World Series appearances.

Additionally, Tennessee is 12-0 in NCAA Regional games in the 2020s and 7-4 in Super Regional games. The Vols will look to improve their 1-4 record in the College World Series this decade on Friday when they face off against Link Jarrett’s Florida State team. Jarrett was the coach of the 2022 Notre Dame team who defeated arguably the greatest college baseball team of all time, the 2022 Tennessee Volunteers, in the Knoxville Super Regional two years ago.

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