In less than three weeks, they've swept away weekend opponents, churned out a record-breaking start and rediscovered the national rankings after a six-year hiatus.
But for third-year head coach Dave Serrano and the Tennessee baseball program, the rejuvenation process is still just beginning.
"We're excited as a group because we're trying to still make a name for ourselves," Serrano said. "We're 12-0. We're not getting the recognition around the country that maybe I believe we should be, but maybe there's a reason for that.
"We're going to have to go out and beat some big boys to start proving ourselves to the country."
That opportunity at garnering national respect comes this weekend when the No. 19 Volunteers (12-0) travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face No. 24 Arizona State in a three-game series beginning tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST.
No matter the formula, the Sun Devils (6-4) certainly fit the mold of a perennial college baseball powerhouse. The five-time National Champions have only missed the NCAA tournament seven times since 1981 – their 2007 appearance was vacated – and have sent more than 100 former Sun Devils to the MLB.
This season, ASU, who was ranked as high as 18th in the preseason, struggled out of the gates, though, losing four of its first six contests of 2014.
But the Sun Devils, have rebounded as of late and enter tonight's series riding a four-game winning streak, including a perfect showing in the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic this past weekend.
"We'll have our hands full this weekend," Serrano said. "We know that ... the atmosphere will be rockin'. It'll be a hostile environment, and (Arizona State's) a very good baseball team. We'll be up for the challenge, but we do know we'll have our hands full."
As for the starting rotation, UT's third-year head coach made no changes from last weekend's series against Quinnipiac. Nick Williams will get the nod in tonight's opener, with Andrew Lee going on Saturday and Kyle Serrano taking the hill in the finale on Sunday.
"It's exciting to go out there," said Williams, who owns an 1.00 ERA through two starts and a long relief appearance. "They're a big name in baseball, a big powerhouse. Going out there and coming away with wins would be fun, but it's going to be tough. We're going to have to battle each and every game.
"I'm going to take it like I have been the past three outings — pitch how I pitch and try not to do anything too much that I don't do (usually)."
In 2013, ASU took two of three at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, despite being outscored 12-11 in the three-game set. Sun Devil lefties Ryan Kellogg and Brett Lilek heavily contributed to the series victory in Knoxville, as the duo combined for 10 strikeouts and one run allowed in seven innings of work.
Both southpaws are scheduled to start this weekend against the Vols, with Lilek (1-0, 1.29) going in the opener and Kellogg (1-1, 4.50) slated for Saturday.
"They've got two very good left-handed pitchers in their rotation," Dave Serrano said. "We saw both of them last year. That'll be a challenge to us due to the fact how we're so left-handed with our lineup."
After UT opened the 2014 campaign with 12 consecutive games inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium, the Tempe trek will serve as the Vols' first road trip of the season — their latest since 2011.
Williams, one of only five seniors on the team, felt those early home matchups were extremely crucial, given the multitude of underclassman and newcomers that reside on UT's roster.
"I think it was good for us to open with a lot of these games at home just because we've got a lot of new guys (and) young guys still," Williams said. "I think we've matured along the way, and I think playing at Arizona State now it's just going to be another game to us."