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Published on May 28, 2024
Tennessee Volunteers Crowned No. 1 Seed in NCAA Baseball, Knoxville Gears Up for Regional Host DutiesSource: Unsplash / Nick Jio

It's official, Big Orange is sitting on top of the NCAA baseball world as the No. 1 seed. The Tennessee Volunteers, hailed as the Southeastern Conference champs both in regular season and tournament play, are poised to host the Knoxville regional in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the third time in the last four years. With a stellar 50-11 record, they're looking to convert their regular-season prowess into postseason dominance, according to WVLT.

The road to Omaha and the coveted College World Series is shaping up, and for the Vols, it starts at home starting May 31. They're heading into the tournament after a notable journey that saw them rebound from an initial loss at the SEC Tournament to string together four consecutive victories. One not-so-little detail sticking out like a sore thumb: Tennessee's capacity to hustle through adversity, as they clawed their way out of the loser's bracket to clinch the SEC Tournament title, as reported by WJHL.

Joining Tennessee in the Knoxville regional are 2-seed Southern Miss, 3-seed Indiana, and 4-seed Northern Kentucky. The action kicks off with the Vols squaring off against the Norse. But all eyes are on a potential showdown with Southern Miss, a team Tennessee took down in last year's Super Regionals on their path to Omaha. As Knox News puts it, the stakes are high and history could repeat itself in this most dramatic of college baseball rivalries.

Let's not forget, that this commanding performance is a continuation of excellence for Head Coach Tony Vitello's team. The Vols have seen the postseason five years running and seized a share of the SEC regular-season title, not to mention their rollicking ride to an SEC Tournament title, highlighted by a nail-biting 4-3 win against LSU. All these factors combined paint a team that's not only skilled but seasoned and ready to take the fight all the way to the College World Series, which begins June 14th at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska. And lest anyone overlook, this team isn't a flash in the pan. They've clinched at least 50 wins for the third time in the past four seasons, a feat they've only achieved twice in program history before these last few golden years, notes Knox News.