The Vols and Mississippi Valley would have to wait to get started Wednesday night in a very nontraditional type of delay. The bus carrying Mississippi Valley State's equipment broke down on the way to Lindsey Nelson Stadium causing a half-hour delay to start of the game .
Once the game began the MSV did not delay in scoring some runs, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Vols rallied in the third. Trailing 3-1, Drew Stekenrider drilled a shot to right bringing home two runs, that knotted the game at 3.
After Mississippi State took the lead in the top of the fourth at 4-3, the Vols took the lead for good in the bottom half with a pair of unearned runs to go up 5-4. The Vols would go on to win 8-4.
This is what UT Sports had to say about the game:
shook off a slow start to complete a midweek sweep of Mississippi Valley State,
doubling up the Delta Devils, 8-4, on Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson
Stadium. Junior Drew Steckenrider went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and
fired 1.2 innings of shutout relief in the win.
you know I didn't like how it started," Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano said.
"I don't think anyone on the field or in the dugout liked how it started, but
when I look back I would rather take that type of game than if we were to come
out and really beat them up early on and have a blowout game. Our team needed
that. They need to respond to negativity to be good.
put a three on the board in the first and then from the second inning on, we
won five straight innings. That is important to chip away and we talk a lot
about winning innings over the course of a game. The way I like to describe it
is, the game of baseball is nine one-inning frames. We have to win nine
one-inning frames at a time. I thought we did a good job with that."
Stevens earned the first win of his collegiate career, yielding just one
unearned run on three hits in three strong innings, while junior Nick
Blount posted two perfect frames, striking out four to claim his second
save in as many days and third of the season.
Allman made his first appearance of the season, tossing 1.1 scoreless out
of the pen as well.
Weaver was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored at the plate for the Big
Orange, and fellow classmate Chris Fritts drove in a pair of runs to
improve his team-leading total to 20 on the season.
contest was the 186th of senior shortstop Zach Osborne's career,
tying him with Chris Burke for 10th all-time in school history.
Delta Devils (6-20) came out of the gates swinging, taking advantage of a pair
of walks and getting RBI single from Trey Lacy and Allen Cheek to race out to a
3-0 lead. The Vols (15-10) were able to bounce back to tie the contest at 3-3,
however, with a run in the second and two more in the third.
one out in the second, Wes Walker one-hopped a double off the
left-field wall and moved to third on a single by Weaver. Fritts followed with
a safety squeeze that wasn't quite far enough from the mound, but Walker raced
home and just beat the throw to the plate after the pitcher went to first for
inning later, some strong baserunning helped UT put together a two-run stanza.
After getting hit by a pitch, Osborne took off for second as Will
Maddox bounced a ball to short. MVSU went to second for the force out, but
Osborne slid in safely just ahead of the tag. After a walk loaded the bases,
Steckenrider ripped an 0-1 pitch to right for a two-run double that tied the
contest at 3-3.
MSVU took advantage of a pair of two-out walks and a throwing error to regain
the lead in the top of the fourth, Tennessee answered right back in the home
half of the inning. Weaver got the ball rolling with a leadoff double to right.
Fritts followed with a bouncer to short, but the throw got away from the first
baseman, allowing Weaver to score to tie things back up at 4-4.
a sac bunt by Wormsley and a pop-up to second, Maddox came through with a big
two-out double to right-center to plate Fritts and give UT its first lead of
the game at 5-4.
Vols then added another two runs in the fifth, getting a two-out single to
center by Fritts and scoring on a wild pitch to take a three-run advantage,
7-4. Steckenrider finished off the scoring with an RBI single to center in the
eighth, driving in his third run of the game.
will return to SEC play this weekend when it hosts a three-game series against
Alabama, March 30-April 1. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on
Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. The second game of the series will be televised
live on CSS with Bernie Guenther and former Vol Rusty Ensor on the call.