Tennessee Baseball Throttles Vanderbilt, Confirms 1st Place and Gets Labeled “Cheater” – The Athletic

On Sunday’s third baseline at Hawkins Field, Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said so to reporters about a three-game sweep by No. 1 Tennessee that was as thorough as the NCAA-mandated at-bat tests (ring and compression). who entered the chat: “I just want to take a hammer and hit myself over the head.”

On the first baseline, Tennessee junior midfielder Drew Gilbert reflected on a question about the waning heckling from Vanderbilt fans — along with whistles, cheers and general noise — as Friday’s emotional series opener made its way toward Sunday’s business found conclusion.

“Yes, of course, you definitely notice that,” said Gilbert shortly after his solo homer in the 5-0 win was counted as the winning run. “If you stomp someone’s throat, they tend to quiet down a bit.”

That’s a lot of aggressive imagery for a baseball series. But this one was big and telling. It told us first of all and in tandem with the sweep last weekend at then No. 1 Ole Miss that the Vols (27-1, SEC 9-0) are a strong bet to return to Omaha this season and do a lot more damage than last season’s breakthrough under Tony Vitello. You are complete. pitch. Beat. Defense. Performance. Swagger. celebrations. jokes And more pitching. Starters Chase Burns, Chase Dollander and Drew Beam — freshman, sophomore, freshman, by the way — gave up four runs, 10 hits and two walks while hitting 17 in 22 1/3 innings.

Ben Joyce, the 103 mph bullpen phenomenon? Blade Tidwell, the sophomore who was supposed to be the staff ace and just returned from injury? They weren’t needed this weekend in Nashville.

That series told us No. 3/9 Vanderbilt (20-7, 4-5) isn’t as good as Tennessee and isn’t playing his best. That’s five straight SEC losses and counting.

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