The Tennessee baseball team is off to one of its best starts in program history.
The Vols (12-0) have beaten the likes of No. 1 Texas Tech and No. 25 Stanford, both in the Round Rock Classic from Feb. 21-23. They just capped off a three-game sweep of George Washington on Sunday with a 10-0 win.
The 11-0 start in the month of February marks the best in program history, surpassing last year’s 9-0 record, and Tennessee is three wins away from matching a 15-0 start in 2019.
Tennessee’s success, under third-year coach Tony Vitello, boils down to two main factors: power hitting and an excellent pitching staff.
The Vols rank in the top 10 nationally in almost every offensive category, but the statistic that stands out above the rest is that they lead the nation in home runs, with 22. They have two or more home runs in all but two games, wins over Stanford and Houston.
Connor Pavalony, Zach Daniels and Jake Rucker are tied for the team lead in homers at three apiece. Each of the three ranks inside the top 25 nationally.
Tennessee has boasted one of the best pitching staffs in the nation. With a team ERA of 1.56, the Vols…