Excitement, uncertainty and craziness for Tennessee Vols athletics over the past year has effectively come to an end, as baseball was the final sport that was being played for the academic calendar season. UT’s heartbreaking loss in the College World Series finished the baseball season.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with continuing coverage of that loss. With no more games in any sport scheduled for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year, the aftermath of baseball’s heartbreaker is obviously going to be the dominant storyline.
We also have other tidbits of baseball news that involves different awards and pieces of recognition for multiple players. On the basketball front, former Vols at the NBA Draft combine also made news. Let’s start with the recap of Tuesday’s game, though.
An 8-4 loss to the Texas Longhorns in the College World Series Tuesday brought the Tennessee Vols baseball team’s season to an end. They close things out with a 50-18 record. Tony Vitello and Pete Derkay both spoke after the game. Here’s a bit of what Vitello said.
"“Congrats to Texas. Their guys showed up and wanted to win the game, as did ours. And they were able to get the job done today.”"
Basketball Vols take part in NBA Draft combine – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com
The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program is one of just five programs this week that has three players taking part in the NBA Draft combine. Yves Pons, Jaden Spring and Keon Johnson are all at the event Wintrust Arena and Marriott Marquis in Chicago.
"UT also had three players invited to the combine in 2019: Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield and Jordan Bone.All three players were drafted and Williams recently completed his second season with Boston."
Junior first baseman Luc Lipcius and senior shortstop Liam Spence are among the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Gold Glove finalists. There are three players at each infield position and six outfielders who reached this round.
"The finalists are voted on and selected by the ABCA NCAA Div. I All-America committee, which is chaired by Tommy Raffo of Arkansas State University. Five of the finalists are participating in the 2021 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.In all divisions, the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 23 by Rawlings via Twitter."
Blade Tidwell earns Freshman All-American – PerfectGame.org
With a 3.57 ERA, a 10-3 record and 87 strikeouts, Tennessee baseball starting pitcher Blade Tidwell was named a Freshman All-American by Perfect Game. Tidwell is the 20th player in program history to achieve such an honor and the first since pitcher Sean Hunley did it in 2018.