Blade Tidwell named second-team All-America by Perfect Game

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Tennessee sophomore pitcher Blade Tidwell has been named a second-team preseason All-America standout by Perfect Game.

Tidwell emerged as one of the Southeastern Conference’s top starting pitchers as a freshman in 2021.

As the Vols’ Sunday starter in SEC play last season, Tidwell went 10-3 and posted a 3.74 ERA.

The Loretto, Tennessee native’s 10 wins last season were the second most by a UT freshman in program history.

The Vols won 50 games in 2021 and were SEC East champions before advancing to the College World Series for the first time since 2005.

Tennessee opens its 2022 season on Feb. 18 against Georgia Southern at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.