March 6, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Following a three-game sweep in their 2017 home opener against Norfolk State, the Tennessee Volunteers (9-1) have earned a Top 25 ranking at No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, as announced by the national outlet on Monday.
With its sweep over the Spartans from March 3-5, the program extended its current winning streak to eight games, dating back to UT’s series-clinching win over Memphis on Feb. 19. The Vols went on to go 4-0 during their road trip to California (Feb. 20-26), including a 3-0 sweep of the 2017 Tony Gwynn Classic tournament in San Diego, Calif. The eight game winning streak marks UT’s longest single-season win streak since the 2014 campaign when the Vols started that season 12-0.
Over its first 10 games of 2017, Tennessee’s offense ranks first in the Southeastern Conference (.341), with Jeff Moberg, Benito Santiago, Justin Ammons and Jordan Rodgers ranking among the Top 10 in multiple offensive categories. Tennessee’s offense has racked up double-digit hits in eight contests, while combining for 39 extra-base hits against opponents.
On the mound, UT’s Hunter Martin ranks tied for first with three wins this year, while his 23 strikeouts are fifth-most among SEC pitchers through Sunday’s games.
The Top 25 ranking by CBN marks the first for Vol Baseball since February 2015, when D1Baseball.com ranked Tennessee No. 25 in the nation to begin the season.
To view CBN‘s complete Top 30 rankings for the week of March 6, click HERE.
On Deck for the Vols: Tennessee travels to Johnson City on Tuesday, March 7 to face East Tennessee State, with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. ET.