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No. 2 Vols down LSU in game one of Knoxville Super Regional

The third-seeded Volunteers are hosting a Super Regional for the first time in program history and will be making just the third Super Regional appearance since the tournament moved to its current format.
Published: Jun. 12, 2021 at 9:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 6:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - No. 2 Tennessee opens its Super Regional series against fellow SEC foe No. 14 LSU at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

The third-seeded Volunteers are hosting a Super Regional for the first time in program history and will be making just the third Super Regional appearance since the tournament moved to its current format.

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Chad Dallas earned the start for Tennessee Saturday. The Texan got out of the first inning with just seven pitches and ended the top of the frame with a strikeout.

Dallas gave up a solo home run in the top of the 2nd.

Just as the game was really getting going, mother nature had other plans - a lightning delay in the top of the third lasted around 45 minutes.

Tennessee tied it up in the third after a lead-off double by Jordan Beck and a ground out to third by Pete Derkay pushed Beck to third with one out.

Chad Dallas continued his impressive night on the bump by striking out the side in the top of the 4th.

LSU broke the 1-1 tie after a rare error by Connor Pavolony.

Drew Gilbert tied things back up in the 6th.

Luc Lipcius continued the hot inning for the Vols - reaching on a fielder’s choice.

NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Appearances: 10 (Last in 2019)

Super Regional Record: 4-0 (1.000)

College World Series Appearances: 4 (1951, 1995, 2001, 2005)

This will be UT’s third appearance in a Super Regional and its first since sweeping Georgia Tech in 2005.

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: LSU leads, 59-25

In Knoxville: LSU leads, 20-16

In Baton Rouge: LSU leads, 36-8

Neutral Sites: LSU leads, 3-1

Last Meeting: W, 3-2 (March 28, 2021)

Tennessee recorded just its second sweep of LSU in program history when the two sides met in Knoxville back in late March. The Vols recorded a pair of walk-off wins in games two and three. All three games in the series were decided by two or fewer runs.

NEED TO KNOW

Tennessee’s undefeated weekend at home last weekend improved the Vols all-time regional record to 24-15 and 17-5 when hosting a regional.

UT is 36-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 4-0 all-time in Super Regionals entering this weekend’s matchup with LSU.

This will be the Vols third-ever appearance in the Super Regionals under the NCAA Tournament’s current format.

UT has homered in 25 of its past 28 games and has left the yard multiple times on 14 occasions during that span. Six of those multi-homer games featured four or more long balls.

Sophomore Drew Gilbert homered in all three of the Vols’ regional contests, becoming just the second UT player in over a decade to homer in three consecutive games. The other was Luc Lipcius, who did so earlier this season by homering in all the of the Vols’ games vs. Kentucky.

The Knoxville Regional was considered the most explosive offensive regional, as the confines of Lindsey Nelson Stadium leaked 32 total home runs across the weekend’s six games (5.3 hrpg).

This weekend’s set of contests will be a rematch of a series inside LNS between the Vols and Tigers back in March. That series saw the Orange & White sweep LSU for the first time since 2008.

The Vols are one of the top power hitting teams in the nation, blasting 92 home runs, marking the most the Orange & White have hit in a single season since 2009, leaving them just 15 long balls away from the program record of 107, set in 1998.

ON DECK FOR THE VOLS

A pair of wins this weekend would send Tennessee to the program’s fifth-ever College World Series and first since 2005.

There, the Vols would open their run in Omaha with a date against the winner of the Columbia Super Regional between Virginia and Dallas Baptist.

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