“We took them lightly; it won’t happen again,” DeLucia said. “We’re going to win tomorrow, I’ll tell you that. It’s one of those things where they play in a small field. We have a bigger field so we thought we could throw it in to them. It didn’t work out.”

— Dylan DeLucia, after Vols’ 12-1 win over Ole Miss on Friday

Dylan DeLucia, an Ole Miss relief pitcher, claimed after No. 5 Tennessee smoked the top-ranked Rebels 12-1 on Friday, that the Vols won because Ole Miss “took them lightly,” and he guaranteed a Rebel win on Saturday.

The Vols are up 8-0 going into the seventh.

Going back to the point I made last night, just how good is this Tennessee team? Assuming the Vols hold on tonight, they’ll win the series against Ole Miss regardless of what happens in tomorrow’s Game 3. Tennessee entered the weekend series against Ole Miss with an overall record of 20-1, and had 60 home runs in those 21 games. The Vols opened SEC play with a three-game sweep of South Carolina last weekend. That was a South Carolina team that had won a series against Texas when the Longhorns were ranked No. 1. And South Carolina bounced back this week to win a series against No. 4 Vanderbilt. And Tennessee swept the Gamecocks, winning Game 3 by a score of 10-0. Now the Vols have just completely dominated the current top-ranked team in the first two games, on the road. Is this team good enough to win the College World Series? It just might be.

Published On: March 27th, 2022Categories: Baseball

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About the Author: Ben Garrett

I am a journalist and erstwhile web designer from East Tennessee. Home is on the eastern border of the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. I write for a living, but not here ... because nobody is paying money for my opinions (except the New York Post, just once, and Donald Trump retweeted it).