Vols Open Season at No. 21 in Perfect Game Preseason Top 25

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee baseball received its first preseason top 25 ranking of the year on Thursday, checking in at No. 21 in the Perfect Game Preseason Top 25.

The Vols are one of seven SEC teams ranked in the publication’s preseason poll, the most of any conference. The full Perfect Game Preseason Poll can be seen HERE.

Credit: UT Athletics

UT is coming off one of its best seasons in program history, posting a 50-18 record and advancing to the College World Series for the first time since 2005. UT was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation in 2021 – its highest ranking in program history – and finished the season ranked as high as No. 5 in the polls. 

The Vols hosted a regional for the first time since 2005 and hosted a super regional for the first time ever, posting a perfect 5-0 record in the NCAA tournament’s first two rounds before making the program’s fifth trip to Omaha. UT reached the 50-win mark for just the third time in program history and finished the season tied for the most wins in Division I college baseball.

The Big Orange also posted their best finish in conference play since 1995, going 20-10 in league games to win the SEC Eastern Division for the first time since 1997. Tennessee carried that success into the postseason, advancing to the SEC Tournament Championship game for the first time since 1995. The Vols also had a program record five players earn postseason All-America honors in 2021.

Tennessee returns 24 letterwinners from last season’s Omaha team, including “Super Seniors” in Evan RussellLuc Lipcius and Redmond Walsh. The Big Orange also added a handful of marquee transfers and welcomed the nation’s No. 5 ranked signing class according to Baseball America and Perfect Game. Russell, sophomore pitcher Blade Tidwell and junior outfielder Jordan Beck have already garnered preseason All-America honors for this coming year.

UT begins its 2022 campaign at home on the weekend of Feb. 18-20 against Georgia Southern. The Vols’ home slate features 37 home games, including SEC series against South Carolina (March 18-20), Missouri (April 8-10), Alabama (April 15-17), Auburn (April 29-May 1) and Georgia (May 13-15). UT’s full 2022 schedule can be seen HERE.

For season ticket information, visit AllVols.com or call the Tennessee Athletics ticket office at (865) 656-1200 or 1 (800) 332-VOLS. Information on single-game tickets will be released in the near future.

-UT Athletics