HOUSTON, Texas- The Tennessee Volunteers responded well after suffering their first loss of the season on Friday night against #1 Texas. The Volunteers defeated the Baylor Bears 10-5 in a wild game that saw a wild first inning.
The game got off to a rough start for the Vols as Baylor scored four runs in the top of the first inning off of starter Chase Dollander. The Bears stole a whopping six bases in the first inning en route to scoring their four runs. Dollander was able to get the Vols out of the inning only trailing 4-0. While most teams could have packed it in for the day and been despondent after the dissaterous top of the first, the Vols battled back and were able to tie the game at four. The Vols responded quick as Jarred Dickey roped a double into center field and scored on the very next batter when Ortega doubled. After a single by Drew Gilbert scored Ortega, back to back productive outs got the Vols even with the Bears at 4-4.
After a rocky first inning Dollander settled down in the second, after walking a batter he got Richardson swinging to end the inning and throw up a zero. The Vols would then add a run in the second, when Cortland Lawson scored on a throwing error after a Dickey double.
After keeping the Bears off the scoreboard in the top half of the third, the Vols put up their second four run inning of the afternoon. After a Gilbert single and Lipcus walk, Evan Russell doubled them home extending the lead to 7-4. Russell would then score when Christian Scott hit a two run missile to left field, extending the Vols lead to 9-4.
The unsung hero for the Vols in this game was relief pitcher Kirby Connell who came into the game in the fourth inning and gave the Vols 4.2 innings of relief. Connell who ended up getting the win struck out four while giving up four hits and 1 earned run. Each team would add one more run as the Vols scored their tenth unanswered run in the sixth inning while the Bears scored a run in the 8th inning on a Wehsenser single.
With the victory the Vols move to 9-1 on the year and 1-1 on the weekend. The Vols will close out the weekend against Oklahoma at 12pm eastern time. The Bears move to 1-1 on the weekend after their upset win on Friday against #23 UCLA. The Bears currently sit at 5-5 overall and are back in action tomorrow night in the final game of the weekend, when they take on #7 LSU at 8pm eastern time.