Tennessee baseball continues climb in most recent D1Baseball Poll

Tennessee baseball moves up to No. 5 in the nation in D1Baseball's Top 25 poll after another dominant week and sweep of Illinois.
Tennessee infielder Billy Amick (11) is congratulated by teammate Christian Moore (1) after hitting
Tennessee infielder Billy Amick (11) is congratulated by teammate Christian Moore (1) after hitting / Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY

Tony Vitello's Tennessee baseball squad will start SEC play this weekend as they will take the trip to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Vols will enter SEC play as a top-five team in the nation after D1Baseball's newest Top 25 poll.

The Vols are now ranked fifth in the nation, moving up three spots from No. 8 last week. The Vols went 5-0 last week with midweek wins over Kansas State and Southern Indiana and a weekend sweep over Illinois.

They showed their offensive dominance against Illinois, with a 6-3 win on Friday, 24-1 win on Saturday, and 8-3 win on Sunday. Tennessee has shown they can be one of the most dangerous teams at the plate this year ahead of conference play.

The Vols' 15-game winning streak and 16-1 record is one of the best in the country, but the Vols still sit behind three other SEC teams. Arkansas took over the No. 1 spot, with LSU falling to No. 2, and Texas A&M is just ahead of the Vols at No. 4 in this week's poll. Florida also sits at No. 7 and Vanderbilt is at No. 8, giving the SEC six teams in the top-ten.

This year's Tennessee team has some power at the plate again this year, and they are back with a chip on their shoulder, like every Vitello-led team. They will need to take their energy into SEC play, but make sure it is controlled so there aren't issues like Blake Burke's ejection against Illinois.

The Vols will be available for viewing this week on SEC Network+ in their matchup agaisnt Eastern Kentucky and game one of the Alabama series. Then the Vols and Tide will move to the SEC Network for their Saturday and Sunday matchups.

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Tennessee has one more non-conferecne game before their first test in Tuscaloosa. They are coming off another dominant week and Freshman shortstop Dean Curley being named SEC Freshman of the Week.