We’re into the third weekend in June, and Tennessee Vols athletics are still going on. This is usually unheard of for UT, but the changes in the baseball program the past few years have led to this, and the culmination of those changes are set to begin this weekend.
Our morning update on Rocky Top is loaded with baseball coverage and leads off with a look ahead to the College World Series, which the Vols are in for the first time in 16 years. It’s time to officially preview the special event.
Other baseball news also leads the way, though, including two players earning a spot on another All-American team and a watch party for the CWS. We’ll close things off with another swimmer’s performance at Olympic trials, but let’s start with previewing the upcoming baseball matchups.
Tony Vitello discusses College World Series – Wes Rucker, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols baseball team will play its first game of the 2021 College World Series Sunday at 2 p.m. ET against the Virginia Cavaliers. Head coach Tony Vitello previewed the event Thursday. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“You know, it’s an interesting year, because no one here can say that they were in Omaha last year, because of the pandemic. So I think because of that, and then also, just because we’re all human, everyone’s gonna have — it’ll be inevitable — everyone is gonna have some sort of extra nerves or different feelings going into the first pitch, or maybe even leading up to the anthem and things like that.”"
Two Vols earn Baseball America All-American honors – BaseballAmerica.com
Junior pitcher Sean Hunley and sophomore third baseman Jake Rucker represented the Tennessee Vols baseball team on the Baseball America All-American teams. Hunley earned second team, and Rucker earned third team.
"East Carolina, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt all produced two first-team All-Americans. Mississippi, Stanford and Tennessee also had two players honored across the three teams."
College World Series Watch Party scheduled – UTSports
While Tennessee baseball competes in Omaha, Neb. in the College World Series, a watch party is scheduled at Lindsey Nelson Stadium for the event. The party will begin Sunday when UT and UVA have their first pitch.
"Admission is free for all fans. The stadium’s front gate opens at 1 p.m. ET, and first pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET. Free parking is available in the G16 garage and all other lots around the stadium.The ESPN2 game broadcast will be shown live on the stadium videoboard, and Coca-Cola products will be available for purchase. Fans are encouraged to bring their own snacks into the venue, but coolers, glass bottles and alcohol are prohibited during the family-friendly event."
Erika Brown advances in Olympic swim trials – Omegatiming.com
In addition to the College World Series, Olympic trials are going on in Omaha, Neb. as well right now. Tennessee Lady Vols swimmer Erika Brown advanced to the final of the 100m freestyle Thursday by placing fifth in the second semifinal.