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Tennessee Baseball Transfer Announces Commitment To ACC School

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Tennessee transfer pitcher Matthew Dallas announced his commitment to Wake Forest baseball on his X account on Wednesday evening.

It’s the second time in two seasons that a Tennessee pitcher has transferred to Wake Forest after star right-handed Chase Burns transferred to play for the Demon Deacons last offseason.

While Burns was one of the best pitchers in the country when he entered the portal, Dallas is a talented but unproven left-handed arm who pitched only 17 innings in his freshman season at Tennessee.

Dallas posted a 1-0 record, 4.76 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in freshman. The left-handed pitcher came to Tennessee with high expectations and was a major recruit in 2023 recruiting cycle. He was a potential MLB Draft candidate coming out of Briarcrest Christian School in West Tennessee and it was a major win when he chose the Vols instead of professional baseball.

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At Wake Forest, Dallas joins a program that’s been one of the best in the ACC in recent seasons. The Demon Deacons made it to the College World Series two seasons ago and were the top team in the country entering the 2024 season and underachieved before eventually losing in two games during the Greenville Regional.

Dallas was one of seven Tennessee players to enter the transfer portal this offseason alongside utility bat Robin Villeneuve, third baseman Zane Denton, infielders Camden Bates and Bradke Lohry, right-handed pitcher Derek Schaefer and left-handed pitchers Wyatt Evans.

Denton committed to Austin Peay, Lohry committed to South Florida, Evans committed to South Carolina and Schaefer committed to Arizona State.

Tennessee baseball’s landed five commits in the transfer portal to date including Kennesaw State RHP Tanner FranklinOle Miss LHP Liam DoyleOle Miss third baseman Andrew FischerNiagara first baseman Eric Rataczak and Louisville middle infielder Gavin Kilen.

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