Vols' run at 'unbreakable' HR mark impresses Bertman, whose teams were faces of 1990s 'gorilla ball'

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OMAHA, Neb. — Retired LSU baseball coach Skip Bertman is impressed by Tennessee's bid to break the 1997 Tigers' NCAA record of 188 home runs in a season. The Volunteers will enter the College World Series finals with 178. They would need to average almost four per game to break the record and that would be if the best-of-three finals went the distance. Bertman's teams put up prodigious home run numbers with juiced-up bats and inspired the phrase 'gorilla ball' for the style of offense in that era. Bertman says Texas A&M's pitching could be good enough to hold down the Vols.


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