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Tennessee baseball ranked in the preseason top ten

Another big year coming?

Syndication: The Knoxville News-Sentinel Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tennessee baseball will begin the year ranked inside of the top ten, according to D1Baseball. The publication debuted their preseason top 25 on Tuesday morning, placing Tennessee at No. 9 to start the year.

The Volunteers are coming off of another appearance in the College World Series. Tony Vitello has this program rolling, even after several departures to the pros. Tennessee hit the portal hard to replace production, landing catcher Cannon Peebles, third baseman Billy Amick, right-handed pitcher Nate Snead, catcher Dalton Bargo and right-handed pitcher AJ Causey.

That transfer class will help Vitello replace the departing Chase Dollander, Maui Ahuna, Chase Burns, Andrew Lindsey and Griffin Merritt. Tennessee will return names like Christian Moore, Hunter Ensley, Blake Burke, Drew Beam, Zane Denton, Dylan Dreiling and Kavares Tears.

Tennessee will open the season a month from today, playing in the Shriners Children’s College Baseball Showdown. The Volunteers will face Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor in Arlington, Texas over a three-day span.

The Vols will play UNC Asheville in their home opener on February 20th at Lindsey Nelson.

D1 Baseball Top 25 Preseason Poll

  1. Wake Forest
  2. Florida
  3. Arkansas
  4. LSU
  5. TCU
  6. Vanderbilt
  7. Oregon State
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Tennessee
  10. Clemson
  11. East Carolina
  12. Duke
  13. NC State
  14. Virginia
  15. North Carolina
  16. Texas
  17. UC Santa Barbara
  18. Coastal Carolina
  19. Alabama
  20. Iowa
  21. Texas Tech
  22. UCLA
  23. Northeastern
  24. Kansas State
  25. South Carolina