Vols’ fall baseball preview: Kirby Connell

Tennessee Vols’ fall baseball preview: Pitcher Kirby Connell

Tennessee has opened fall practices at Lindsey Nelson Stadium under sixth-year head coach Tony Vitello.

The Vols will play two fall exhibition games.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Oct. 7. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols will play Memphis Nov. 6 in Jackson, Tennessee (2 p.m. EDT).

Kirby Connell returns to Tennessee in 2023.

A rising senior left-handed pitcher, Connell (4-0) appeared in 30 games, all in relief for the Vols in 2022.

He posted a 1.66 ERA, .87 WHIP and recorded 36 strikeouts.

Connell pitched 38.0 innings and surrendered 27 hits, 11 runs, seven earned runs and six walks in 2022.

He was a member of the 2022 SEC Community Service Team and the 2022 Spring SEC Honor Roll.

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Vols’ fall baseball preview: Drew Beam

Tennessee Vols’ fall baseball preview: Pitcher Drew Beam

Tennessee has opened fall practices at Lindsey Nelson Stadium under sixth-year head coach Tony Vitello.

The Vols will play two fall exhibition games.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Oct. 7. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols will play Memphis Nov. 6 in Jackson, Tennessee (2 p.m. EDT).

Drew Beam returns to Tennessee in 2023.

A rising sophomore right-handed pitcher, Beam (8-1) appeared in 16 games and made 15 starts for the Vols in 2022.

He posted a 2.72 ERA, .93 WHIP and recorded 62 strikeouts.

Beam pitched 76.0 innings and surrendered 50 hits, 26 runs, 23 earned runs and 21 walks in 2022.

He was the SEC Freshman of the Year, a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team and a second-team All-SEC performer.

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General manager Nick Johnson evaluates Christian Moore ahead of sophomore season

General manager Nick Johnson evaluates Christian Moore ahead of sophomore season with Tennessee baseball.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Sunday in an exhibition game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT.

Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter previews Tennessee exhibition, discusses game format

Christian Moore returns to Tennessee in 2023 for his sophomore season.

As a freshman, Moore appeared in 51 games, starting 29 contests, for the Vols during the 2022 season. He recorded a .305 batting average, while totaling 10 home runs, 36 RBIs, 30 runs, 36 hits, three doubles, two triples, 27 walks and one stolen base.

Following Tennessee’s 2022 campaign, Moore appeared in 22 games, playing second base and outfield, with the Hyannis Harbor Hawks during the Cape Cod Baseball League season.

Ahead of his sophomore campaign at Tennessee and during fall baseball, Hyannis general manager Nick Johnson discussed Moore with Vols Wire.

Johnson’s evaluation of Moore is listed below along with his statistics from the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Vols’ fall baseball preview: Camden Sewell

Tennessee Vols’ fall baseball preview: Pitcher Camden Sewell

Tennessee has opened fall practices at Lindsey Nelson Stadium under sixth-year head coach Tony Vitello.

The Vols will play two fall exhibition games.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Oct. 7. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols will play Memphis Nov. 6 in Jackson, Tennessee (2 p.m. EDT).

Camden Sewell returns to Tennessee in 2023.

Sewell, a graduate student and pitcher (7-1), appeared in 26 games and made one start for the Vols in 2022.

He posted 2.52 ERA, .96 WHIP and recorded one save and 40 strikeouts.

Sewell pitched 50.0 innings and surrendered 40 hits, 17 runs, 14 earned runs and eight walks in 2022.

He was a member of the 2022 SEC Spring Honor Roll.

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Vols’ fall baseball preview: Chase Burns

Tennessee Vols’ fall baseball preview: Pitcher Chase Burns

Tennessee has opened fall practices at Lindsey Nelson Stadium under sixth-year head coach Tony Vitello.

The Vols will play two fall exhibition games.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Oct. 7. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols will play Memphis Nov. 6 in Jackson, Tennessee (2 p.m. EDT).

Chase Burns returns to Tennessee in 2023.

A rising sophomore right-handed pitcher, Burns (8-2) appeared in 17 games and made 14 starts for the Vols in 2022.

He posted a 2.91 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and recorded 103 strikeouts.

Burns pitched 80.1 innings and surrendered 65 hits, 31 runs, 26 earned runs and 25 walks in 2022.

He was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team and a second-team All-SEC performer. Burns was named All-America standout by multiple outlets.

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Former Tiger Josh Donaldson heading to MLB Postseason with New York Yankees

The former Auburn third baseman is set to make another postseason appearance. This time, he will do so wearing pinstripes.

Auburn Baseball will have one representative in the upcoming Major League Baseball Postseason, and he is perhaps its’ most famous current player.

Former Tiger [autotag]Josh Donaldson[/autotag] is playoff bound in his first season with the New York Yankees after the team finished with 99 wins and the American League East crown.

This season, Donaldson hit for a .222 average with 15 home runs and 62 RBI while playing in 132 games, making 546 plate appearances.

The postseason appearance will be the first for Donaldson since 2019 when he was the starting third baseman for the Atlanta Braves. That season, Donaldson reached his second-highest season home run total by cranking out 37 home runs. He also ended that season with 94 RBI.

His most notable appearance in the postseason came in 2015 when he was a key member of the Toronto Blue Jays team that played for an American League Championship. He was also named American League Most Valuable Player that season.

You can watch Donaldson and the Yankees compete for a World Series title beginning Tuesday, Oct. 11. The Yankees will meet the winner of the American League Wild Card series between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Guardians that will take place this weekend.

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The Dodgers falling short of a World Series title would be one of the biggest letdowns in sports

After a historical season, anything less than a title would be a major disappointment.

It seems so long ago. In reality it was just a few months, April to be exact. I placed a bet on the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the 2022 World Series.

The bet wasn’t anything big, just a little action to stay invested in the baseball season. Then I proceeded to pay attention to every sport but baseball.

It was an informed bet, though. The Dodgers were just two years removed from a title and had the second-largest payroll in baseball (when has that ever mattered). I knew a lot of the names at just about every position: Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Trea Turner, Clayton Kershaw. And they even added Freddie Freeman, who helped beat them in last year’s NLCS.

Then, I got lost in the NBA playoffs, and NHL playoffs, a whole WNBA season, the NFL came back, and next thing you know my little bet was forgotten about… That is until now, 162 games later. The exciting MLB playoffs are finally upon us. And whaddya know, the Dodgers finished the year with the best record in baseball. They remain the favorites to be the last team standing with +300 odds at BetMGM. Now it’s time to finish the job.

LA has consistently been one of the best teams in the majors since 2013, winning the NL West nine out of 10 years, reaching the pennant in six years and winning it three times. This year marks the fourth time in that span the Dodgers have won more than 100 games, and they also had the best record in baseball in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Yet, all they have to show for all of that regular-season success is a single World Series championship.

Falling short this year wouldn’t just be a major letdown to my little, petty bet, it’ll be a major letdown to everyone involved. The Dodgers dominated this season and have by far the largest scoring margin in the majors (+334) to show for it. Their 111 wins are a franchise record and second-most in National League history behind the 1906 Cubs. That’s not a typo, they have the most wins in the NL since 1906!

Their pitching staff leads the majors in ERA and ranks fifth in strikeouts. Their offense leads the majors in runs batted in and ranks top five in batting average and home runs. They’re even second in FanGraphs’ defensive runs saved metric and ninth in stolen bases. This team literally doesn’t have a weakness. Which brings us back to the postseason.

The Dodgers’ NLDS opponent will be determined after the Wild Card round, which begins Friday. It might be the Mets (+700), it might be the Padres (+2800). No matter who it is, the Dodgers will be favored. And it won’t be enough for them to simply advance one round. They need to win a World Series this year, or all of those stats we just went over mean literally nothing. They only make this season — and my pockets — all the more disappointing.

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Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter previews Tennessee exhibition, discusses game format

Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter previews the fall baseball exhibition at Tennessee and discusses the game format.

Tennessee will host Wake Forest Sunday in an exhibition game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. EDT.

Wake Forest (41-19-1, 15-14-1 ACC) advanced to the NCAA College Park regional in 2022. The Demon Deacons lost to UConn, 8-7, defeated Long Island, 10-4, and were eliminated by host Maryland, 10-5.

Tennessee finished its 2022 season with a 57-9 (25-5 SEC) record.

The Vols won the Southeastern Conference East division for the second consecutive season, the league regular-season and tournament championships in 2022.

The Vols were the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, winning the Knoxville regional and advancing to the Knoxville super regional.

Tennessee was ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports baseball coaches poll for 10 consecutive weeks (March 28-May 30) in 2022.

Ahead of Sunday’s matchup, Wake Forest head coach Tom Walter previewed the fall exhibition contest with Vols Wire.

ACC Moves Baseball Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Durham Bulls have announced that the ACC Baseball Championship will return to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2023. The 12-team tournament will be held next May 23-28. The city of …

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Durham Bulls have announced that the ACC Baseball Championship will return to Durham Bulls Athletic Park in 2023. The 12-team tournament will be held next May 23-28.

The city of Durham has hosted the ACC Baseball Championship 12 times previously, including seven of the past 13 tournaments. The tournament single-game attendance record of 11,329 was set in 2013 at DBAP (North Carolina versus NC State) and still stands as the largest crowd ever to view a college baseball game in the state of North Carolina.

The Bull City also played host to the second-largest crowd ever to watch a tournament championship game (9,759 for Florida State versus NC State in 2015).

“There’s terrific excitement surrounding our return to Durham for the 2023 ACC Baseball Championship,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “Our teams and fans always appreciate the first-class experience at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and we’ve not only set attendance records, but have enjoyed some of the most exciting games in the history of the ACC Baseball Championship. The Durham Bulls are amazing partners, and we are looking forward to another outstanding event.”

“We are proud to once again partner with the ACC to bring its baseball championship to Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Triangle to showcase the best college baseball in the country,” said Durham Bulls Vice President Mike Birling. “The DBAP has hosted many memorable moments in ACC Championship history, and we look forward to continuing that in 2023.”

“Each championship event is a unique opportunity to showcase Durham as a championship hub, particularly when such a premier event returns for a remarkable 13th time,” said Marcus Manning, executive director of the Durham Sports Commission. “It’s also a demonstration of the Durham Bulls’ leadership and continued commitment to hosting events that have a wide-ranging impact on Durham and the Triangle area. The DSC is very excited to have this event back in Durham.”

For the first time in tournament history, ACC Network will carry all games played Tuesday, May 23 through Saturday, May 27. ESPN or ESPN2 will continue to carry the Sunday Championship Game.

Durham Bulls Athletic Park has played host to the ACC Baseball Championship 10 times previously, most recently in 2019. The total attendance of 64,140 for the 2015 Championship was the third largest in tournament history.

Durham Athletic Park, the Bulls’ previous home venue, welcomed the ACC Championship in 1984 and 1986. The 2023 tournament will be the ACC’s 49th Baseball Championship and the 25th played in the state of North Carolina.

The 10,000-seat Durham Bulls Athletic Park, located in downtown Durham, can be accessed from the Durham Freeway. The ballpark reflects many characteristics of old-time parks and the historic downtown Durham architecture. A 32-foot-high wall stands in left field 305 feet from home plate, resembling Fenway Park’s Green Monster. The Blue Monster, as it’s called in Durham, contains a similar old-style manual scoreboard.

A roof covers approximately 2,500 seats behind home plate and down both the first and third base lines to the end of each dugout. All seats at the DBAP are extra wide with seat backs and extra leg room. More than 95 percent of the seats have cup holders. The stadium was designed and built so that every seat gives fans a great view of the field with an intimate ballpark feel.

The ballpark’s most distinctive feature is the Snorting Bull which stands tall above the Blue Monster. This Bull was modeled after the bull used in the 1988 film, Bull Durham.

Next spring’s ACC Baseball Championship will again showcase some of the top talent in all of Division I. Nine ACC teams earned spots in the 2022 NCAA Championship field, one shy of the league record and tying for the most of any conference last season. The ACC has placed at least six teams in the NCAA tournament for 18 straight years.

Additionally, the ACC has placed at least one team in each of the last 16 College World Series, including Notre Dame in 2022.

Fifty-eight ACC players were selected in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft, including seven on opening night. It marked the 31st consecutive year at least one ACC player was selected in the opening round and the seventh straight year the ACC placed at least one draftee among the top 15 picks.

Ticket information on the 2023 ACC Baseball Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park will be forthcoming.

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