Flights Not Sweating The Size Of TD Ameritrade Park Entering The University World Series | Sports
OMAHA, Nebraska – Tennessee turned to the College World Series for the first time since 2005, with a total of 16 homers in the Knoxville Regional and Super Regional.
A little more finesse may be needed inside TD Ameritrade Park, whose boundaries stretch at least 15 feet deep than Lindsey Nelson Stadium, but Flights 3 don’t care about dimensions anymore. important before their first-round fight with Virginia. at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. local) today.
“The bigger the stadium, the more fans we have in the stadium,” joked Tennessee senior outfielder Evan Russell. “I think we can beat you in a lot of ways. I think our roster is pretty balanced. I think we have a lot of speed, especially at the top of our line-up. I don’t think anyone in our canoe is worried about the size of the stadium because I think we have some pretty physical guys.
Tennessee (50-16) ranks fourth in the country in home runs (98) and have hit 62 in their last 31 games, accounting for 48% of their home run production in that streak, but they’ve also proven that ‘he could win. without the long ball.
The Vols averaged 7.06 points per game in their first 35 games of the season while having half the home run rate.
UT’s optimism is bolstered by the benefit that a larger park will offer to its pitching staff, who were eighth in the country in ERA (3.42) despite having to play in a friendly environment. for hitters. A five-game stint in the SEC tournament inside the Hoover Metropolitan Complex showed what Tennessee could accomplish in a pitching park, limiting their opponents to 12 points over 44 innings en route to second place.
“It’s an incentive to throw some strikes,” Tennessee coach Tony Vitello said. “Our guys on the mound, their brand is trying to attack, and you get rewarded when you throw strikes, not only in our park but especially here because he tends to play bigger a lot of the time.
“There’s no reason our guys should change by doing what they did to get us here.”
The Vols may need junior right-hander Chad Dallas (11-1, 4.10 ERA) to perform at his best in an expected game against Andrew Abbott of Virginia (6-6, 3.04), ranked as fourth-best prospect left-handed pitcher in the 2021 MLB Draft, according to MLB.com, but the same fearlessness Tennessee has regarding a bigger park will be true against an opposing team’s ace.
UT faced nine 2021 top prospects – Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter of Vanderbilt, Landon Marceaux and Jaden Hill of LSU, Thomas Mace of Florida, Dylan Smith of Alabama, Christian MacLeod of Mississippi State, Bryce Miller of Texas A&M and Jonathan Cannon of Georgia – and scored 26 points. short in 44 innings (5.32 ERA) against these arms.
“We played against the best of the best,” said Russell. “There wasn’t a look we didn’t see on the mound. … The guy we’re up against on Friday night or potentially, he’s got some good things. That is true. His numbers, they don’t lie. They speak for themselves.
“I think it gives us confidence to know that we have played against the best and that we have competed. And we haven’t escaped the spotlight. I am ready to see it happen. I’m ready to see his clash with whatever we’re throwing, and I’m ready to see what our roster can do.
Tennessee have proven throughout the season that they won’t back down at the moment, even if they play in a big stadium or an ace with Major League potential, and they don’t plan on shrinking on the most. great varsity baseball scene.
“I think it’s in their DNA to host a challenge,” said Vitello. “As we sit here ready to enter a new tournament among three other teams, I think it matters a bit who they are and what they have. But more than anything, it’s a little bit on our shoulders to be who we are and to stay true to what brought us here.