Tennessee baseball clinches 2022 regular-season SEC title
The Tennessee Volunteers are officially SEC champions. Tony Vitello’s squad clinched the regular-season SEC baseball title on Friday night after beating Georgia 9-2 and Arkansas falling to Vanderbilt.
The Vols improved to 45-6 overall and 22-4 in conference play with the victory against UGA, also a series-clinching win. UT has 4 conference games to go and cannot be caught by Arkansas. The Razorbacks lead the SEC West with a 16-9 mark in conference play.
For Tennessee, it is the program’s fourth outright SEC regular-season championship in school history and first since 1995.
In the 2022 season, Tennessee has won 8-of-9 conference series. UT opened SEC play with sweeps over South Carolina, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Missouri. Alabama was the first team to hand Tennessee an SEC loss, though the Vols bounced back to win the series. UT then swept Florida before taking the rubber game against Auburn for another series victory. Vitello’s squad stumbled in Kentucky, dropping the first 2 games for the only series loss of the season. Tennessee is currently on a 4-game winning streak that started with the UK finale and includes the first 2 games against UGA.
The Vols have 5 games remaining in the regular season. The Georgia series wraps up on Saturday. Tennessee’s home finale will be against Belmont on Tuesday. UT finishes the regular season on the road at defending national champion Mississippi State.
The SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama is scheduled for May 24-29.