2018 Vol Baseball

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  1. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

    Here is a snippet from Aaron Fitt, who writes for D1 Baseball:

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tony Vitello detected a heightened level of energy and focus from his players as he walked down from his office for the start of Tennessee’s fall world series opener last week. For six innings, both teams played with the energy and focus he wanted, as the team’s top two arms battled to a crisp scoreless draw through five innings. Then the orange team put up a five-spot in the seventh to take a 6-0 lead, and Vitello sensed the white team getting deflated.

    “The tune kind of changed out of their dugout after the five-spot went up, which is what happens in most cases, but we’re not looking to be the average team,” Vitello said. “That’s one more issue that we talked about out in center field and brought to their attention, but that’s not an easy fix deal. That’s something that’s gotta be talked about consistently and worked at.”

    Rebuilding a winning, competitive and confident culture is one of Vitello’s primary objectives during his first fall as Tennessee’s head coach, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Remarkably, Tennessee hasn’t been to a regional since its 2005 College World Series run. Vitello’s predecessor, Dave Serrano, had taken two different programs to Omaha as head coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, but he couldn’t quite get the Vols over the hump in his six years in Knoxville, posting a 157-163 record in those years. Procuring high-end talent is half the battle; getting players to believe is the other half. But even then, it’s not easy to make headway in the rugged SEC. Serrano made progress, and now Vitello believes he can build upon that work and get this program back to being a regular contender, for the first time in a long time.

     
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  2. lylsmorr

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  3. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    Fahr Butch.
     
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  4. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

    NYY you hearing anything about the season's prospects?
     
  5. NYYVol

    NYYVol Super Moderator

    Very competitive right now trying to find out who is staying on roster and who won’t be.

    Starting rotation might actually be SEC caliber this year.
     
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  6. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

    Did Serrano leave Vitello anything to work with to make Hoover this year?
     
  7. NYYVol

    NYYVol Super Moderator

    Not enough. Lineup still has major holes.
     
  8. 10SEvols

    10SEvols Member

    Vols lose series 1-2.

    Friday 0-4.

    Saturday ppd.

    Sunday 4-6, bullpen blew it.

    Sunday game 2, Vols win 13-6.

    Maryland was predicted to finish 2nd in the Big10. Vols should've took the series 2-1 but didn't.
     
  9. NYYVol

    NYYVol Super Moderator

    This team is going to have some serious issues. Especially at the plate.
     
  10. 10SEvols

    10SEvols Member

    I'm not expecting much more than an improvement from last year. I hope we get it.
     
  11. NYYVol

    NYYVol Super Moderator

    Wouldn’t bet on it.
     
  12. 10SEvols

    10SEvols Member

    Well I wouldn't bet on Pruitt and his staff either.
     
  13. CardinalVol

    CardinalVol Uncultured, non-diverse mod

    What in the world did Cannizaro do at Mississippi State?
     
  14. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

    Affair is the word on the street
     
  15. CardinalVol

    CardinalVol Uncultured, non-diverse mod

  16. kptvol

    kptvol Super Moderator

    I'll bet it involves him boning someone he was not supposed to bone.
     
  17. IP

    IP Advanced Pruitt Apologetics Bot

    God and family in her tag. Can't be.
     
  18. 10SEvols

    10SEvols Member

    Vols beat Lipscomb 8-5

    Now 2-2 on the year.
     
  19. lylsmorr

    lylsmorr Super Moderator

     
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  20. 10SEvols

    10SEvols Member

    4-2 on the year so far. Bring out the brooms for uncg.
     

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