Vols finish sweep of Seton Hall, 10-2

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT Release) - Tennessee raced out to a four-run lead in the first inning and kept the pressure on offensively all game while four Volunteer pitchers combined on a two-hitter to clinch the series sweep over Seton Hall with a 10-2 victory on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Junior Nick Blount improved to 2-0 on the season with six strong innings, allowing just two runs on two hits while inducing 13 groundball outs on the day. Freshmen Joseph Vanderplas and Conner Stevens and sophomore Dalton Saberhagen combined to throw three innings of relief to close out the contest.

The UT pitching staff held the Pirates hitless the final six innings, retiring 19 of the final 20 Pirate hitters, including a stretch of 18 straight.

Senior Zach Osborne was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while freshman Jared Allen drove in three runs with a double and a run-scoring groundout. Junior Chris Fritts also added three RBIs, bringing in two on a triple and another on a bases-loaded walk.

The Orange and White wasted little time getting going, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on a bases-loaded walk, RBI groundout and a two-run double by Allen. The Pirates got two of the runs back in the top of the third, but the Vols answered right back.

After a leadoff double by Drew Steckenrider in the bottom of the third, a hit batter and sac bunt put two on for Allen who collected his third RBI of the day with a groundout off the pitcher's glove to short.

Tennessee got another leadoff hit in the fourth as Will Maddox opened the frame with a single through the left side before stealing second and moving to third on a wild pitch. Osborne then brought him home with his third hit of the day, a single to left. Three batters later, with Osborne at third, the Vols put Steckenrider in motion early at first. The Pirates were unsuccessful in their attempt to pick him off and Osborne scampered home on the play to put the Big Orange up 7-2.

UT continued to put its high-pressure offense on display in the sixth inning, scoring three more runs with the benefit of just one hit, taking advantage of a bases-loaded walk and getting a two-RBI triple by Fritts.

Tennessee will be back in action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 when it hosts Middle Tennessee State.

Seton Hall 2 (2-5)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
GRANITE, Zack cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
GENOVESE, Mike 2b/p 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 4 0
KALAMAR, Scott lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1
DELEPINE, Connor ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WALSH, Will rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
RUHLMAN, D.J. ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
ANNUNZIATA, Sal 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 1 0
GRIMM, Kyle 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
GRAY, Chase dh/2b 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
FERNANDEZ, George p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
FALCONI, Alex ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PREVOST, Josh p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
HAMLIN, Dillon c 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0
BOYD, Tyler c 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PAPACCIO, Giuseppe ss 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 0
MORRIS, Frank p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
TERHUNE, Greg p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
KRAUSS, Conor p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ELIA, Anthony p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WARNER, Henry dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 28 2 2 2 1 2 24 14 2

Tennessee 10 (7-0)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Zach Luther 3b 5 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 0
Zach Osborne ss 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 0
Chris Pierce lf/cf 4 2 1 0 1 1 2 0 1
Drew Steckenrider 1b/rf 3 2 1 0 2 1 15 0 2
Chris Fritts cf 1 1 1 3 2 0 3 0 0
Nick Powell ph/dh 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Rowland dh/lf 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
Jared Allen rf 3 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
Parker Wormsley 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Ethan Bennett c 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5
Will Maddox 2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 0
Nick Blount p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Joseph Vanderplas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conner Stevens p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dalton Saberhagen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 34 10 11 8 7 4 27 15 10

Score by Innings R H E
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Seton Hall.......... 002 000 000 - 2 2 1
Tennessee........... 401 203 00X - 10 11 0
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E - MORRIS(1). LOB - SHU 2; Tennessee 10. 2B - STECKENRIDER(4); ALLEN(2). 3B - FRITTS(1). HBP - DELEPINE; OSBORNE; FRITTS. SH - HAMLIN(3); ROWLAND(1). SB - OSBORNE(1); PIERCE(2); STECKENRIDER 2(3); FRITTS(2); MADDOX(2). CS - PIERCE(1).

Seton Hall ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
MORRIS, Frank L,0-1 2.0 5 5 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 12 14 1 3 47

TERHUNE, Greg 2.0 3 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 7 10 0 4 46

KRAUSS, Conor 1.1 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 3 0 24

ELIA, Anthony 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5

GENOVESE, Mike 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0 2 16

FERNANDEZ, George 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 2 1 26

PREVOST, Josh 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 4 2 1 12

Tennessee ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
Nick Blount W,2-0 6.0 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 19 21 4 13 66

Joseph Vanderplas 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 9

Conner Stevens 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 1 12

Dalton Saberhagen 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 0 2 18

Win - BLOUNT (2-0). Loss - MORRIS (0-1). Save - None. WP - PREVOST 2(2); MORRIS(1); TERHUNE(1). HBP - by MORRIS (FRITTS); by FERNANDEZ (OSBORNE); by SABERHAGEN (DELEPINE). BK - ELIA(1). Pitches/strikes: MORRIS 47/28; TERHUNE 46/26; KRAUSS 24/11; ELIA 5/1; GENOVESE 16/8; FERNANDEZ 26/16; PREVOST 12/6; BLOUNT 66/47; VANDERPLAS 9/6; STEVENS 12/7; SABERHAGEN 18/11.
Umpires - HP: Jeremy Parker 1B: Michael Williamson 3B: Darrell Arnold
Start: 12:03 pm Time: 2:56 Attendance: 1468
Weather: Sunny 46; S 1 mph
MORRIS faced 2 batters in the 3rd.
ELIA faced 1 batter in the 6th.


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