No team was better than the Tennessee Vols in college baseball during the regular season this year. They had a historic season, smashing multiple team and SEC records. They are one of the most well-balanced teams ever in college baseball. What is the most insane stat from their impressive season, though? One certainly stands out.
They have hit as many home runs this season as they have given up earned runs.
You read that correctly. Not only have they outscored their opponents by 401 runs, but they have hit 141 home runs. Opponents have scored 160 runs, but only 141 of them have been earned runs. That is unheard of at any level of baseball. It is even crazier when you consider the Vols play D1 collegiate baseball in the SEC.
Another milestone on the journey. pic.twitter.com/KGmRSh2zYe
— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) May 31, 2022
Led by Trey Lipscomb and his 21 dingers, the Vols had eight players with double-digit homers. Two of those players played in less than fifty games, too. Not to mention, that isn’t including Drew Gilbert, their cleanup hitter. Gilbert only had nine home runs, but he was one of the most clutch players in college baseball. Many would say he was the true “heart” of the heart of the order for Tennessee. They were simply on another level this year. That’s why they were the top-ranked team in the country for most of the season and won both the SEC regular season and conference tournament titles.
The pitching staff for the Vols gets a lot of the credit here as well. They’re half of the history. Their team ERA was 2.35 (!!!). Their WHIP was below 1, and they struck out 641 opposing batters. They only allowed 53 home runs.
Let me take it one step further.
Tennessee leads the SEC in fewest earned runs allowed this season with 135 coming into today.
Arkansas is 2nd in the SEC and is 79 RUNS BEHIND THEM 😂
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) May 29, 2022
Overall, the Vols offense and pitching were a balance that does not come around often whatsoever in college baseball, especially in the aluminum bat era.