March 5, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With a 10-2 thrashing of La Salle Wednesday night, the No. 19 University of Tennessee baseball team completed a midweek sweep and improved to 12-0 on the year extending the team's best start in program history.
The Vols finished out their 12-game homestand to start the 2014 season undefeated, outscoring their opponents 103-31 during that stretch. La Salle fell to 1-11 in 2014 with the loss.
For the second night in a row, 21 Vols saw action during the game led by Nick Senzel who was 1-for-2 on the night with a bases-clearing three-RBI double and two runs scored.
Bret Marks picked up his first win of the season in three complete innings allowing just one hit, and striking out two.
Tennessee got on the board first tallying three runs on no hits. The Vols took advantage of walks and La Salle miscues in the bottom of the second. Senzel started the inning off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
After Vincent Jackson drew another walk, the speedster drew an errant throw from La Salle's starting pitcher Jorge Jimenez as he was going for second and he moved all the way to third on the failed pickoff, while Senzel came across for the first run of the night. Jackson immediately came home on a wild pitch during Taylor Smart's at bat.
Smart drew the Vols' third walk of the inning, moving up to second on a balk and immediately took off for third reaching within 90 feet of home plate before a pitch was even thrown in Tyler Schultz' at bat. Smart then came home on a deep sacrifice fly by Schultz to left field.
The Vols added to their lead in the fifth inning tacking five more on the board. Youngblood started things off with a walk, used a delayed steal to reach second, advanced to third on an errant throw to centerfield by La Salle's catcher and scored on a single by Price.
Price moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by A.J. Simcox and was joined on the basepaths by Will Maddox who walked, La Salle's sixth walk surrendered on the night. Christin Stewart loaded the bases after a catcher's interference call and Senzel cleared them on a double to left centerfield.
Senzel advanced to third on a groundout to the pitcher and crossed the plate as Smart reached on an infield single to short to give UT an 8-0 lead after five complete.
La Salle got two back in the next half inning using three-straight hits, a single up the middle, a triple to right center and a single to center to bring it within six but the Vols' added one more in the bottom of the eighth for an even 10 runs.
Tennessee takes its nation leading 13-game win streak, dating back to the end of 2013 into Tempe, Ariz., this weekend for a three-game stretch at #24 Arizona State, UT's first road trip of the season.