Tennessee baseball got some big news late on Saturday night, learning that senior outfielder Evan Russell would return next season. Russell will play a second senior season for Tennessee, providing a big boost of experience and leadership for Tony Vitello’s program.
Russell made the announcement below.
This is made possible by the NCAA essentially waving eligibility during the 2020-21 season. Each athlete has the option to take advantage of this rule and play and extra season in college, which is exactly what Russell will do in 2022.
Russell was not selected in last week’s MLB Draft. Luc Lipcius and Redmond Walsh, who were also seniors, have yet to announce their plans for next season.
The walk-on outfielder has played in 176 games in his Tennessee career. He brings some pop to the lineup, hitting 14 home runs last season and adding 43 RBI. Russell had two three-home run games last season, coming against LSU and Vanderbilt.
Russell holds a .257 batting average for his career, which will now continue into 2022 as Tony Vitello continues to build something special in Knoxville.