Marcus Harris (61*) and Daniel Christian (28*) have steadied the ship with an unbeaten 78-run stand as Victoria went to stumps on Day 1 at 4-103.
After earlier dismissing Tasmania for 172, Victoria fell to 4-25 in reply at the hands of 22-year-old Gabe Bell, playing in just his fourth first-class game.
Tasmanian skipper George Bailey earlier made a gallant 106 but was one of only three Tigers batsmen to reach double figures.
Victoria will resume on Day 2 at 4-103 trailing by 69 runs, with temperatures expected to reach 30 degrees once again.
Match scorecard: http://live.cricket.com.au/#/2029/42115