Vols are Omaha bound!
Tennessee trounces LSU 15-6 to advance to the CWS for the first time since 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For the first time in program history, Tennessee (49-16) hosted a Super Regional game. In what was an electric environment, a three-run sixth inning provided the timely spark No. 2 Tennessee needed to claim the win over the Tigers (38-24) in game one.
Wearing their all grey uniforms, the Vols are the visiting team in today’s game and waisted no time in getting on the board against LSU ace Landon Marceaux. Leadoff hitter Liam Spence reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. He was advanced over to second by max Ferguson and then would score on a towering blast to left center by Jake Rucker. His 8th home run of the season gives Tennessee a 2-0 lead heading to bottom of the first.
The Tigers would answer immediately with a long ball of their own. Lead off hitter Dylan Crews sends a Blade Tidwell offering over the fence to straight away center field. LSU within one run at 2-1. Tidwell would settle down after that retiring the next three batters and preserving the Tennessee lead heading to the 2nd inning.
Vols threaten getting two men on base, but with Luc Lipcius on second and Jordan Beck on first base LSU pitcher Landon Marceaux gets Connor Pavalony and leadoff hitter Liam Spence to strike out. Max Ferguson will lead off the third inning for Tennessee.
No hits, no runs and no errors! The Tigers go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 2nd with hard throwing Freshman Blade Tidwell striking out BrodyDrost to end the inning.
On a hot steamy day in Knoxville Lindsey nelson Stadium is living up to it’s launching pad nickname. For the second time in the game Jake Rucker goes yard on LSU pitcher Landon marceaux. This one an oppsite field bomb to right field just right of the scoreboard. But that’s all the damege the Vols could do as Tennessee takes a 3-1 lead into the bottom half of the third.
The Tigers pull to within one again thanks to the long ball. Like UT’s Jake Rucker, LSU’s Dylan Crews now has two home runs in the game. This one a deep shot to left field. Vols now lead the Tigers 3-2 after three innings of play.
The Tigers make a pitching change to start the inning and Tennessee’s Jordan Beck promptly greets Garrett Edwards with a single to left field. Then came catcher Connor Pavalony, who was tired of his hitless streak here in the Super Regional and just unloaded on Edwards. A mammouth shot to deep left center field.
The two run blast gave Tennessee a 5-2 lead and forced LSU into another pitching change. Will Hellmers would enter the game for retiring LSU coach Paul Mainieri. Tennessee didn’t swing the bat as they had hoped in the series opening win Saturday night, but so far the Vols are more than making up for it. UT entered the weekend with 92 home runs as a team add three more today. Two hits, now five for the game, two more runs and one runner left on base as we head to the bottom of the 4th with Tennessee leading 5-2.
Pitcher Blade Tidwell gets LSU to hit into an inning ending double play preserving the 5-2 Tennessee lead.
In the top of the 5th, the Tennessee bats come alive again! First it’s Drew Gilbert with UT’s 4th home run of the day, a solo shot to right field extending the lead to 6-2. Then after an Evan Russell double and luc Lipcius walk right fielder Jordan Beck stepped up and smacked a deep home run off Hellmers down the left field line sending a frenzy throughout this overflow Lindsey nelson Stadium crowd. WOW!!! Vols now with a commanding 9-2 lead over the Tigers!
Ah, but the hit parade would continue. Liam Spence drives home Pete Derkay from third with a ground out. Then with Connor Pavalony on second base, Jake Rucker comes through again. He goes the opposite way with a base hit to right. That scores Pavalony from 2nd and the Vols extend their lead to 11-2. That’s how it ends as the Vols close out their half of the inning with six big runs and now lead the Tigers by nine.
In the top of the 6th, the Vols would go quietly. LSU; however, would dent the scoreboard thanks to a Tre’ Morgan two runshot of Tidwell, but that’s all the damage as we head to the 7th with Tennessee leading 11-4.
Nothing doing again for the Vols, but LSU manages another two shot, this time it’s Brody Drost goling yard with a two run blast to right center. Tigers within five at 11-6 heading to the 8th inning.
The Vols weren’t done scoring folks, in the top of the 8th and with his family in attendance Evan Russell follows up an earlier double with a 2-run home run to make it 13-6.
The Vols go back to work in the top of the 9th, Connor Pavalony continues his fine day at the plate with an RBU double and it’s 14-6 Tennessee. UT’s final and 15th run of the game would come on an LSU fielding error. Redmond Walsh comes in in relief and gets the final two batters, the final out, a line drive to jake Rucker at 3rd.
Your final from Lindsey Nelson, 15-6 Volunteers. Tennessee becomes the first team since 1981 to beat LSU five times in a season! The Vols are headed to Omaha and the College World Series for the first time since 2005 after winning their first ever home Super Regional.
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