Tennessee baseball clinches second straight SEC East title

Mike Wilson
Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee baseball is the best of the SEC East for the second straight season.

The No. 1 Vols (42-6, 20-4 SEC) clinched back-to-back division titles Sunday for the first time since 1994-95.

UT clinched the outright title after Georgia lost 4-0 to Vanderbilt. Tennessee has a seven-game lead over Georgia with six games to play.

Tennessee entered Thursday with the same lead over second-place Georgia. UT dropped its series at Kentucky, losing the first two games before winning the finale. Georgia won its opener against Vanderbilt, but dropped the final two to stay seven games back.

The Vols host Georgia in a three-game series starting Thursday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

UT won the SEC East title last season by a half-game over Vanderbilt. The Vols went 20-10, while Vanderbilt went 19-10 because it had a game canceled due to weather against Alabama. It was Tennessee's first division title since 1997.

Tennessee has a four-game lead over Arkansas for the SEC title. Arkansas is 16-8 after winning two against Auburn during its series. 

The Vols would clinch the SEC with a combination of at least three UT wins or Arkansas losses in the final six games.

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