It's Baseball Time in Tennessee: Vols in the Hattiesburg Super Regional vs. Southern Miss. (June 10-12)
Southern Miss ended Penn's Cinderella run by beating the Quakers twice out of the loser's bracket in the Auburn Regional.
Previously on Vols in the Super Regional: Oh man. Do we have to?
Following a historic regular season, Tennessee lost the 2022 Knoxville Super Regional against Notre Dame. The Irish became one of six visiting teams to advance to Omaha from the Supers last year, a number we will revisit in a bit.
Tennessee is 6-2 all-time against Southern Miss, including 3-2 in Hattiesburg, but the two teams haven't played in over 30 years.
What to Watch: I'm just going to get this out of the way--Tennessee should've hosted this Super Regional. That topic has been beaten to death this week though, and regardless of what should've happened, what is happening is Tennessee travels to Southern Mississippi for this Super Regional best-of-three series. The road has not been kind to Tennessee this year, and not just because they played a brutal schedule. Some of the weaker teams UT played on the road still got over on the Vols. Tennessee went to Missouri and Georgia, two teams that fired their coaches at season's end for example, and returned 1-5 in those six games. In fact you can make a great argument that Tennessee would've already been hosting in the regional round had they just won those (or even one of those) series.
But Tony Vitello contends that Tennessee started getting better on the road in that UGA series and continued improving in their season-finale series win at South Carolina. By the time the Vols capped off their stay in Clemson last weekend--the first time UT has won a regional away from Knoxville btw--you wouldn't have known they were away from home at all. Christian Moore led Tennessee with an incredible .700 average and 2.833 OPS(!), 4 HRs, 8 RBI, and 21 total bases. Moore leads all UT hitters going into the Supers: