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Published on May 20, 2024
University of Tennessee Baseball Clinches Fifth SEC Title, Vol Fans Eye College World SeriesSource: Ensign beedrill, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Orange fever is sweeping through the stands as the University of Tennessee baseball team clinched their fifth Southeastern Conference regular-season title this Saturday, following a triumphant series sweep over South Carolina, according to UT Sports. Zander Sechrist's arm was a fortress on the mound, leading the Vols to a commanding 4-1 victory that sealed the deal and handed them the number-one seed for the upcoming SEC Tournament.

Notching a 46-10 season record and a sterling 22-8 in the SEC, the Volunteers' diamond dominance was punctuated by an overwhelming 21-7 score aggregate in their series against the Gamecocks, All for Tennessee reported; a record that has Vol fans expecting more than just peanuts and Cracker Jacks but a deep postseason run and maybe a dance in Omaha for the College World Series, according to what analyst Eric Cain said, as per WVLT.

UT Sports highlighted offensive sparks from Kavares Tears and Dalton Bargo who fueled the team's success in their latest thriller while Head Coach Tony Vitello credited the relentless support of the orange and white faithful for keeping spirits high and bats swinging, his comments underscored in a WVLT interview, with Vitello noting, "The fan bases in Hoover kind of stand out a little bit, they all go down there, they all talk smack and there's a bunch of them because it's the SEC." Fans like Eddy Bales, who have supported the Vols since the early '90s, agree, declaring this squad as one of the best the University of Tennessee has ever mustered.

Senior catcher Cal Starks felt the love and energy of the Vol's supporters, stating, per WVLT, "Very easy to play in front of this fan base and especially whenever we’re winning," adding that the team feels the fans' energy, almost willing them to clutch victories from their opponents' gloves; as for the players, they appear to believe that their fans' roaring cheers and packed stands have been an undeniable factor in their success during this electrifying season.