Done Deal: Tennessee Volunteers Confirm To Land Another Top Experienced Star

**Tennessee Lands Niagara Transfer Eric Rataczak**

Eric Rataczak, former first baseman and outfielder for Niagara, announced his transfer to the Tennessee Volunteers on Monday.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rataczak had an impressive 2024 season, leading the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a .396 batting average, 17 home runs, 71 RBIs, and 14 doubles, earning him conference player of the year honors. He set single-season program records for runs, hits, home runs, and RBIs, contributing to Niagara’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.


Rataczak, originally from Fridley, Minnesota, has previously played for the University of San Diego and Arizona Western College. He joins Tennessee as a potential replacement for outgoing first baseman Blake Burke.

“I am excited to announce my commitment to the University of Tennessee,” Rataczak wrote on X. “Can’t wait to get to work with all the Vol baseball staff, thank you to them for the wonderful opportunity. Thanks to my parents for their endless support in the pursuit of my dreams. I love you guys, GBO!”

Rataczak, who is draft eligible, has one year of eligibility remaining. He is the third transfer to commit to Tennessee, joining Gavin Kilen and Tanner Franklin.

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