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Tennessee vs Evansville Game 2 Predictions, Best Bets & Odds (June 8)

Ethan Stone

by Ethan Stone in News

Updated Jun 7, 2024 · 5:08 PM PDT

Tennessee baseball's Blake Burke.
Tennessee's Blake Burke (25) celebrates after getting the inning-ending out at first base during a NCAA baseball tournament Knoxville Super Regional game between Tennessee and Evansville held at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday, June 7, 2024.
  • The Tennessee Volunteers look to advance to the College World Series for the 3rd time in the last 4 years Saturday against the plucky Evansville Purple Aces.
  • The Aces, the No. 4 seed out of the Greenville Regional, became just the 9th 4-seed to advance to the Super Regionals last weekend. They fought hard but fell in Game 1, 11-6.
  • See the best picks, odds and a prediction for Saturday’s game below.

Tennessee baseball is 1 win away from yet another trip to the College World Series after defeating Evansville 11-6 Friday afternoon in Game 1.

The Vols are the nation’s top team and have certainly looked like it as of late. Tennessee recently won the SEC Tournament and blitzed their way through the Knoxville regional to get to Game 2 in the Supers against Evansville.

The Purple Aces’ journey to Knoxville was far from routine. Evansville was the 4-seed out of the Greenville Regional and downed East Carolina and others to advance to their first Super Regional appearance in school history.

Keep reading for a prediction for Game 2, as well as the odds and best bets for Saturday’s tilt.

No. 1 Tennessee vs. Evansville Prediction (June 8)

Tennessee is… Tennessee. Tony Vitello’s program is stacked from top to bottom and currently has 6 players in double digits for home runs so far this season with No. 7 just one away. On top of that, Tennessee’s 3.80 team ERA is the 3rd best in the nation and the best among power programs.

Pick your poison with these Vols from the batter’s box. Hunter Ensley, Billy Amick, Blake Burke are playing at a different level. Christian Moore launched home run No. 30 in Game 1 against the Aces. Few teams this season have been able to tame these Vols, and Evansville has less equipment than many who have tried and failed.

Give Evansville their flowers, though. The Aces had things knotted up at 5 at the midway point of Friday’s game, and Cal McGinnis was one of the game’s top players. They have top 15 batting numbers that will always be a threat, even against a top 3 pitching team in the country with a raucous crowd in their ears.

But as well as this Evansville team can hit the ball, Tennessee is just far too much to handle. Not to mention Evansville threw their best arm Friday looking to gain an early advantage over Goliath. It’s been a fantastic run for the Aces, but I can’t imagine there will be much drama in Game 2.

Tennessee vs. Evansville Odds

Team Runline Moneyline Total
Tennessee Volunteers -6.5 (-125) -920 O 14 (-115)
Evansville Purple Aces +6.5 (-105) +550 U 14 (-105)

Odds above via DraftKings Sportsbook as of June 7. 

Tennessee, as expected, is listed as a heavy favorite for Game 2, even with the Vols designated as the “away” team for this matchup. The Vols are -6.5 on the runline with -125 odds while Evansville is given -105 odds to keep things within 6 runs. The Vols sit at -920 on the moneyline with Evansville given meager +550 odds to force a Game 3.

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The Point Total is set at 14, with the over slightly favored.

Tennessee vs. Evansville Best Bets

Best Bets (Knoxville Super Regional, Game 2) Odds
Tennessee -6.5 (DK) -125
Over 14 runs scored (DK) -115

While we’d all love this Cinderella story to keep on chugging, the Vols are just too good right now and red hot at home. Evansville gave Friday’s game everything they had and still lost by 5 runs. The Vols simply have more pitching and might make Saturday’s game a bit of a bloodbath.

Alluding to the bloodbath referenced above, the Vols have averaged 11 runs scored across their 4 NCAA Tournament games thus far. Evansville is a strong hitting team and should be able to tack on a few of their own. To be frank, I expect this over to hit easily.

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