The veteran pitching coach has guided the Tennessee staff to finishes in the top 20 nationally in ERA, WHIP, strikeout-to-walk ratio and walks allowed per nine innings in each of the past four seasons. The 2022 season was a banner year for the staff which led the country in each of those four categories.
Anderson also developed the D1Baseball.com Freshman of the Year (Chase Burns), the NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year (Burns), the SEC Pitcher of the Year (Chase Dollander) and the SEC Freshman of the Year (Drew Beam) along with four 2022 MLB Draft selections (Blade Tidwell, Ben Joyce, Will Mabrey, Mark McLaughlin).
Anderson and the Vols look to continue the upward trajectory of the pitching staff as the weekend rotation of Dollander, Burns and Beam have been tabbed preseason All-Americans by Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball while experienced right hander Camden Sewell was a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American, as well.
The Vols, who were ranked No. 2 in Perfect Game’s Preseason Top 25 poll, open their 2023 season at the MLB Desert Invitational from Feb. 17-19 in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area where they’ll take on Arizona, Grand Canyon and UC San Diego. UT’s home opener in slated for Feb. 21 against Alabama A&M.