#6 Tennessee Falls 7-2 to #1 Texas in Game 1 of The Shriner’s Classic

Houston, Texas- The Tennessee Volunteers suffered their first loss of the season falling 7-2 to the Texas Longhorns at Minute Made Park. In a rematch of a College World Series elimination game, the Tennesse Voulunteers took on the Texas Longhorns in the marquee game of Friday’s slate in the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital Classic. The game was the first real test for the Vols as they came into the game 8-0 after sweeping opening series’ over Iona and Georgia Southern, as well as midweek games over UNC Ashville and ETSU. The Vols were looking to avenge last years loss to Texas in Omaha, which ended one of the best seasons in school history.

The Vols turned to freshman right hander, Chase Burns against the #1 Longhorns. Burnes was up to the challenge agaisnt the mighty Longhorns in 5 innings of work. The Tennessee righty gave up 2 hits and 1 run, while striking out 10 and walking 1 batter.

The Vols offense got the scoring started in the top of the fifth inning when Evan Russell launched a solo home run into the left field bleachers. The Longhorns responded with a run of their own in the botton half of the inning when Trey Faltine capitilized on a rare Burns mistake and launched a ball out of the yard to tie the game at 1.

In the sixth inning everything fell apart for the Volunteers, after back to back doubles gave Texas a 2-1 lead, Sewell walked the next batter. After getting the lead runner on a comebacker, the Vold had a chance to escape the inning with a taylormade double play ball. Instead, second baseman misplayed the ball allowing another run to score. The Longhorns would push across one more run before the Vols were able to get out of the inning.

Tennesee added a run in the top of the 7th inning, but that would be it for the Vols offense in this one. The Longhorns would score 3 more runs in the bottom of the inning to blow the game open, and hold on to win the game 7-2. Camden Sewell took the loss for the Vols, while Pete Hansen got the win for the Longhorns. The loss drops the Volunteers to 8-1 on the year, while the Longhorns improve to 10-0. Both teams are back in action on Saturday as the Vols take on Baylor at 4PM, and Texas takes on #7 LSU in the night cap at 7:30.

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