Bucs can't contain Tennessee's offense, lose 17-5

Johnson City Press • Mar 10, 2020 at 10:14 PM

KNOXVILLE—Relentless from an offensive standpoint, Tennessee piled up 20 hits on Tuesday night en route to a 17-5 non-conference baseball win over East Tennessee State.

The Vols (15-2) opened the scoring with a six-run second inning and used a five-run sixth to put away the Bucs (12-3) and end their win streak at eight games.

Zach Daniels and Alerick Soularie pounded out three hits apiece for the Vols. Soularie homered, drove in four runs and scored twice, while Daniels’ night included a double and three runs.

Evan Russell and Landon Gray both cracked a home run in two-hit, 3-RBI outputs. Russell added three runs and a pair of walks.

Jake Rucker (triple, 2 runs), Luc Lipcuis (double, 2 runs), Drew Gilbert (2 runs) and Max Ferguson were good for two UT hits apiece. Liam Spence doubled home two runs in the six-run Vols second.

Headlining a nine-hit ETSU attack was Jake Madole and Ethan Cady each going 2 for 3. Madole produced a double and home run, Jackson Greer also homered and Ashton King dented a two-run double.

Greer’s round-tripper and King’s double anchored a four-run ETSU fourth, eating away at a 7-1 Tennessee advantage.

The Vols answered with a run in the fifth before Soularie and Russell went deep during the sixth. Russell’s shot was a three-run job, making it a 13-5 game.

The first of five Tennessee pitchers, Camden Sewell recorded five of his team’s 13 strikeouts in three innings of work. The most effective UT hilltopper was Christian Delashmit, who hurled three shutout innings (6th-8th) for the victory.

The Bucs sent a half-dozen pitchers to the mound.

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