The Tennessee baseball team dispatched Eastern Michigan by a score of 5-1 in Game 2 of a Sunday doubleheader at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to complete a three-game weekend sweep of the Eagles and improve to 7-4 on the year. The series finale lasted seven innings and saw EMU fall to 0-13.
Tennessee redshirt freshman Bryan Morgado improved his season pitching record to 2-1 with his third straight quality start. The left-hander from Miami, Fla., was touched for one run on four hits through five innings with two walks and nine strikeouts. Morgado now has 31 strikeouts in his three starts and a season ERA of 0.86.
Vols junior Aaron Everett worked two shutout innings out of the bullpen to log his first career save.
Senior second baseman Andy Simunic went 2-for-3 with three runs and a pair of steals to lead UT offensively.
“It’s hard to sweep (a doubleheader),” UT head coach Todd Raleigh said. “I think 70 percent of doubleheaders are a split.
“We’ve been pitching well as a staff—I know we didn’t pitch that well at times in the first game today. But if we can keep games like this we’re going to have a chance to win.”
After UT used a walk-off single to win Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader by a score of 8-7 in 10 innings, the Vols and Eagles traded runs in the first inning of Game 2. EMU first baseman Steve Bradshaw started the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the frame, and Tennessee centerfielder Kentrail Davis had an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning.
After three scoreless innings, Davis drove in Simunic with an RBI single to put the Vols on top 2-1 in the fifth. Junior third baseman Cody Brown then stepped up to the plate and crushed a mammoth, two-run homer out of the park in right-center. The Knoxville, Tenn., native’s second dinger of the season extended UT’s lead to three runs. It was Brown’s 11th career home run. He is the career leader among active Vols.
The Vols executed a perfect double steal in the bottom of the sixth, with left fielder Shawn Griffin swiping second while Simunic stole home to give UT a 5-1 lead. That would prove to be the final, with the Vols out-hitting EMU 9-6 in the game.
Tennessee sophomore Michael Moore made his first career start in Sunday’s Game 2, batting as the Vols’ designated hitter. For the series, Davis hit .636 (7-for-11) with five runs, five RBI and a .909 slugging percentage. The Big Orange hit .303 as a team against the Eagles.
UT now leads the all-time series with Eastern Michigan 19-7, dating to 1968.
The Vols host a pair of midweek games before beginning Southeastern Conference play this weekend against LSU. Middle Tennessee comes to town Tuesday for a 3 p.m. contest, and UT squares off against Presbyterian College Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information