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Tennessee State baseball is just two wins away from securing a spot in the College World Series when it hosts Evansville in the Knoxville Super Regional this weekend.

The Vols are back in the Super Regionals for the fourth straight year after winning the Knoxville Regional last weekend by a combined score of 33-9. Evansville is the Cinderella fairytale of the NCAA Tournament so far, having defeated East Carolina twice and winning the Greenville Regional last weekend to advance to the Super Regionals.

Here’s a look at how the RTI staff envisions the outcome of this weekend’s Knoxville Super Regional.

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Jack Foster

I won’t make this any bigger than it needs to be. Yes, Evansville is a good baseball team that didn’t just get lucky in the Greenville Regional. They earned it, beating a good ECU team twice.

The Purple Aces come to Knoxville with a lot of money and nothing to lose. That can be dangerous. And considering they have a more than capable offense and a really solid ace? Tennessee can’t sleepwalk this weekend.

But the reality is that the Vols are just so much more talented. Unless there is a complete collapse, the offense can’t find a rhythm, AJ Causey has his third bad outing of the season, Aaron Combs and Nate Snead aren’t themselves, Drew Beam has one of his bad days, and Zander Sechrist and Chris Stamos can’t get out of the first inning, the Vols are heading to the College World Series.

Tennessee picks up where they left off last weekend and dominates Evansville. The series doesn’t go to Sunday and Tennessee wins every game by more than five runs.

Prediction: Tennessee wins 2-0

Ryan Schumpert

Tony Vitello said Wednesday that any team good enough to win a regional deserves to play in the super regional and is fully capable of winning.

And he’s right. The Greenville Regional was strong and the Purple Aces beat the host team twice to advance. Evansville has a strong lineup, with two really good and dangerous hitters at the top. That lineup was very successful last week, especially in hitting. Tennessee was the only team to hit more home runs than Evansville in the opening week of the NCAA Tournament.

The key for Evansville is another strong start from freshman Kenton Deverman. The left-handed pitcher was brilliant last weekend against Greenville and with their lack of pitching depth, the Purple Aces will need him again.

So Evansville is certainly capable, but Tennessee is the No. 1 overall seed for a reason and hasn’t lost a weekend series in 2.5 months. The Vols have held up well in nearly every challenge and their lineup is good enough to beat Deverman.

Tennessee returns to Omaha.

Prediction: Vols win in two games

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