Tennessee has been so dominant during the first six weeks of the season that coach Tony Vitello said it was probably good that the Volunteers had a run game in the finale of the already top-ranked Mississippi’s road sweep.
“No team in the country has any interest in making a peak at the start of the season,” Vitello said, “and along the way it goes through some adversity.”
Redmond Walsh tying at base and winning runs in the ninth inning on Sunday sealed Walls’ 4-3 win.
Otherwise, Tennessee has gone mostly without a challenge, winning 23 of its first 24 and starting 6-0 in a Southeastern Conference game. The Vols have won 15 straight since the 7-2 loss to the then-no. 1 Texas. Of their 23 wins, 15 have been decided by seven or more runs.
New No. 1 team Walls has shown no weakness in Monday’s big three elections. He leads the country in batting average (.338), home runs (.64) and slugging (.683) and is second in scoring (11.1 runs per game). He is first in ERA (1.89) and eighth in fielding percentage (.977).
Troy Lipscomb leads the SEC with 10 homers and 44 RBIs, Chase Burns leads the conference with a 0.80 ERA and Drew Beam is third on 1.12, and Chase Dollarlander has ousted a league-high 54.
Tennessee has won seven consecutive SEC Road Series since 2019 and is coming off its first sweep of the No. 1-ranked team. The Vols have five sweeps this season, their 2021 totals.
Walls takes center stage this week when he travels to Nashville for a three-match series against Vanderbilt (19-4, 4-2).
D1Baseball.com, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball newspaper ranks Tennessee No. 1 this week.
D1Baseball It has Arkansas (18–4) and Oregon State (17–5) as its No. 2 and 3 teams. Baseball America Oregon State is second and Virginia (22-2) third. collegiate baseball Behind the volume is Virginia and Vanderbilt.
All Hail Yale Gehry
Yale’s Jake Gehry drops Ivy League-record Had four home runs, and 11 RBIs, including two Grand Slams 13-6 win over Princeton on Sunday. He hit a two-run homer in the second innings, a Grand Slam in the third, a singles homer in the sixth and his second slam in the seventh.
Gehry had entered the day batting. There were 184 without homers and three with RBI in 184 matches.
4 in a row
Michigan set a Big Ten record by scoring four consecutive home runs in the fifth inning of Friday’s 13-9 loss to Nebraska. Matt Frey, Jimmy Obertop, Ted Burton and Tito Flores went deep with two outs off Nebraska starter Coty Frank.
Big Things of the Bruins
UCLA won a series in Arizona for the first time since 2012, defeating one of the nation’s top offensive teams with a total of nine runs in three matches.
The Bruins got off to a strong start from Jake Brooks and freshman Thatcher Heard. Brooks conceded two runs in 6 2/3 innings of Friday’s 10-2 win and Hurd conceded two runs in six innings of Sunday’s 7-3 victory.
Texas Tech won two out of three against Texas, both victories coming on highlight-reel plays by Kurt Wilson.
Wilson 10th. stole the house with two outsiders at the bottom of To give the Red Raiders a 5-4 win on Friday. It was only his third steal of the season.
on Saturday, Wilson hits a Grand Slam in the bottom of 10th for a walk-off win of 16-12. It was his third homer of the season.
“I can’t express (how) I hate losing, of course, to the Texas Longhorns, to be honest with you,” he said. “So in that situation I’m doing my best, doing my best to do whatever it takes to win.”
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