Vols ward off Delta Devils, 8-4

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (utsports.com) - Tennessee 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.

Freshman Conner 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.

Senior Josh Allman made his first appearance of the season, tossing 1.1 scoreless out of the pen as well.

Junior Steve Weaver was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored at the plate for the Big Orange, and junior Chris Fritts drove in a pair of runs to improve his team-leading total to 20 on the season.

The contest was the 186th of senior shortstop Zach Osborne's career, tying him with Chris Burke for 10th all-time in school history.

The Delta Devils 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 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.

With 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 after the pitcher went to first for the out.

An 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 one to short. MVSU went to second for the force out, but Osborne just slid in 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.

Although 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.

Following 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, 5-4.

The Vols then added another two more 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.

MSVU 4 (6-20)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
LOWE, Michael cf 3 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 0
BRUMFIELD, Luke ss 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 2
CHEATHAM, Edmund 2b 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 1 1
LACY, Trey dh/p 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 0
MILLIORN, Seth 3b 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 1
GERMAINE, Joseph 1b/p 2 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 0
CHEEK, Allen rf 4 0 1 2 0 1 3 0 3
BONNER, Demetrins lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2
KOWALSKI, Justus ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
SCOTT, Steven pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LINNEY, Billy lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
THOMAS, Candler c 2 0 1 0 1 0 3 2 0
FANGONILO, Nikolas c 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
STADY, Kameron p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals 29 4 8 3 8 8 24 11 10

Tennessee 8 (15-10)
Player ab r h rbi bb so po a lob
Will Maddox 2b 5 1 1 1 0 2 2 3 0
Chris Pierce 3b 3 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 1
Drew Steckenrider rf/p 3 1 2 3 1 1 0 0 0
Davis Morgan 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 0
Wes Walker c 5 1 1 0 0 1 9 2 5
Steve Weaver dh 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jared Allen ph/dh 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Chris Fritts cf 2 1 1 2 0 0 1 1 0
Parker Wormsley lf 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Nick Blount p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Osborne ss 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 3
Brandon Zajac p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Conner Stevens p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Josh Allman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 30 8 10 6 5 5 27 14 9

Score by Innings R H E
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MSVU................ 300 100 000 - 4 8 1
Tennessee........... 012 220 01X - 8 10 1
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E - GERMAINE, J.(5); OSBORNE(2). DP - Tennessee 2. LOB - MVSUBB 10; Tennessee 9. 2B - THOMAS, C.(2); MADDOX(2); STECKENRIDER(6); WALKER(5); WEAVER(1). HBP - LACY, T.; GERMAINE, J.; STECKENRIDER; MORGAN; OSBORNE. SH - BRUMFIELD, L(4); MILLIORN, S.(1); FRITTS 2(8); WORMSLEY(3). SB - LOWE, M.(14); CHEATHAM, E.(7); STECKENRIDER(6). CS - LOWE, M.(1); MORGAN(2).

MSVU ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np
STADY, Kameron L,1-4 4.0 7 5 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 16 20 3 4 64

LACY, Trey 3.0 2 2 2 3 3 1 1 2 0 10 16 3 3 61

GERMAINE, Joseph 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 5 2 1 17

Tennessee ip h r er bb so wp bk hbp ibb ab bf fo go np

Brandon Zajac 1.0 3 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 5 8 1 1 45

Conner Stevens W,1-1 3.0 3 1 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 9 13 0 5 51

Josh Allman 1.1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 6 1 1 25

Drew Steckenrider 1.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 5 7 1 3 27

Nick Blount S,3 2.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 7 7 1 1 21

Win - STEVENS (1-1). Loss - STADY, K. (1-4). Save - BLOUNT (3). WP - LACY, T.(4); GERMAINE, J.(1); ZAJAC(1). HBP - by STADY, K. (OSBORNE); by ALLMAN (LACY, T.); by LACY, T. (STECKENRIDER); by LACY, T. (MORGAN); by STECKENRIDER (GERMAINE, J.). BK - LACY, T.(2). Pitches/strikes: STADY, K. 64/40; LACY, T. 61/34; GERMAINE, J. 17/8; ZAJAC 45/28; STEVENS 51/25; ALLMAN 25/14; STECKENRIDER 27/16; BLOUNT 21/17.

Umpires - HP: Jeremy Parker 1B: Michael Williamson 3B: Jack Cox
Start: 7:32 pm Time: 2:53 Attendance: 1385
Weather: 75, clear; SSW 13 mph


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