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#1 Vols slug their way past #22 Southern Miss to advance to their fourth straight Super Regional

12




Winner

Tennessee
UT

53-11

3




Southern Madam
USM

43-20

Winner

12

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Score per period
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E


Tennessee
UT
0 1 0 0 1 4 3 0 3 12 10 2


Southern Madam
USM
0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 7 0


W: Sneden, Nate (9-2)
L: Best, Chandler (3-1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the fourth straight season, Tennessee captured an NCAA regional title and secured a spot in the super regionals after powering its way past No. 22/23 Southern Miss, 12-3, in Sunday’s regional final in a sellout Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The top-ranked Volunteers hit five home runs, surpassing their single-season program record of 158, set just two years ago in 2022. Cal Stark blasts in the fifth and ninth innings ended UT’s long ball attack, the latter being the record-breaking 159e of the year for the Big Orange.

Stark finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and four RBIs while leading Tennessee’s offense Dylan Dreiling also had another strong performance with two hits, including a home run, and three runs scored.

The Vols (53-11) also got multi-hit performances from Hunter Ensley And Dean Curley, which ended with two apiece. Curley hit his second homer in as many days with a two-run shot in the seventh inning to double UT’s lead.

Kavare’s tears The lone hit of the night was the biggest of the game, as he launched a three-run homer over the right-center field wall to give Tennessee a 5-3 lead shortly after being down 3- in the bottom half of the game. 2 had fallen behind. fifth. Tears also walked three that night and scored three runs.

Zander Sechrist got the Vols off to another solid start, allowing three runs – all of which were unearned – on four hits in 4.2 innings, before handing the ball off to Nate Sneed, who pitched the final 4.1 innings to earn the victory. Snead gave up just three hits and didn’t allow a run, while striking out three batters.

Reliever Chandler Best was stuck in the loss to the Golden Eagles (43-20) after being tagged for four runs in 1.2 innings of work.

Tennessee had six players voted to the Knoxville All-Regional Team, led by Dreiling, who was also named Most Outstanding Player. Joining Dreiling on the all-regional team were Stark (C), Christian Moore (2B), Billy Amick (3B), Ensley (CF) and AJ Cause (P). The entire Knoxville All-Regional Team can be seen HERE.

STATS OF THE GAME: With Sunday’s win, the Vols extended their NCAA Regional win streak to 12 straight games. Tennessee has won four consecutive NCAA regionals (2021, 2022, 2023, 2024), while remaining undefeated in that stretch.

UT has also won six consecutive NCAA regionals played in Knoxville (1995, 2001, 2005, 2021, 2022, 2024), going 22-1 overall in those games. Head coach Tony Vitello now has a 14-2 overall record in NCAA regional play since acquiring Rocky Top.

NEXT ONE: Tennessee will host the winner of the NCAA Greenville Regional final between No. 16 nationally ranked East Carolina and Evansville. The Pirates and Purple Aces will play a deciding game seven on Monday.

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