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Tennessee Baseball Lands Ole Miss Left-Handed Pitcher Out Of Transfer Portal

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Ole Miss transfer pitcher Liam Doyle committed to Tennessee baseball Tuesday night on his Instagram account. Doyle committed to the Vols shortly after taking visits to both Florida and Tennessee.

The left-handed pitcher committed to Tennessee shortly after his fellow Ole Miss teammate and roommate Andrew Fischer did. The duo represent two massive wins for Tony Vitello and his staff in the transfer portal.

Doyle is a rising junior who spent just one season in Oxford after transferring from Coastal Carolina to Ole Miss following his freshman season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-handed pitcher was the Rebels’ Saturday starter last season where he posted a 3-4 record, 5.73 ERA and 1.25 WHIP last season.

While Doyle was the Saturday start for Ole Miss, he didn’t frequently go deep into the game. He totaled six innings pitched just twice in 10 starts and totaled only 55 innings pitched over the course of the season where he struck out 84 and walked 21 batters.

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Perhaps the left-handed pitcher’s best start of the season came against Tennessee when he allowed just three earned runs and four hits while striking out 10 batters in six innings pitched. Ole Miss defeated the Vols 8-5 in the game Doyle started while Tennessee took the two other games in the series.

In his freshman season at Coastal Carolina, Doyle posted a 3-1 record and 4.15 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched as a part time starter bust mostly as a bullpen arm.

Tennessee baseball is looking to replace all three of its weekend starting pitchers from last season with Friday opener Chris Stamos and Sunday starter Zander Sechrist out of eligibility while Saturday starter Drew Beam projects as a top three round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft.

The Vols will have competition all fall to find their weekend starters for the upcoming season and bringing in a transfer with SEC starting experience is a massive win for Tony Vitello and his staff.

Doyle is the fifth commit of Tennessee baseball’s transfer class alongside Ole Miss third baseman Andrew Fischer, Niagara first baseman Eric Rataczak, Louisville middle infielder Gavin Kilen and Kennesaw State right-handed pitcher Tanner Franklin.

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