Vanderbilt baseball vs. Tennessee Vols rivalry is at its peak in 2022

For too long, the rivalry between Vanderbilt and Tennessee – in any sport – has been far too lopsided. The Vols have historically owned the football rivalry and recently, the basketball one too. Since Tim Corbin took over the Commodores’ baseball program in 2003, Tennessee has scarcely been competitive.

But Tony Vitello, who was named coach of the Vols in 2018, has revitalized the series. Last year, Vanderbilt won the series in Knoxville with both teams ranked in the top five of most major polls.

This year, the stakes are even higher, with Tennessee (23-1, 6-0 SEC) coming off a sweep of Ole Miss and ranked No. 1 in every major poll and The No. 5 Commodores (20-4, 4-2) lost a series against South Carolina to set up the three-game series starting Friday in Nashville.

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