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Vols Split Mid-Week Series with MTSU, Fall 12-3



May 11, 2011


By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director

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Team Notes
Tennessee falls to 23-24 with the loss, which snapped an five-game winning streak over MTSU...UT is now 32-18 all-time against Middle Tennessee State...The Vols are now 18-5 in non-conference games...The three home runs tied a season-high for the Orange and White (vs. Alabama A&M 3/15)...All were solo shots...The Big Orange stranded six runners, compared to eight by the Blue Raiders...Two of UT's five hits came with two outs...Four Tennessee hitters were hit by a pitch, tying a season-high...The temperature at first pitch was a season-high 91 degrees...Official game time was two hours, 42 minutes.

Individual Notes
Matt Duffy, Ethan Bennett and Khayyan Norfork each hit solo home runs...It was the sixth of the year for both Duffy and Bennett and fourth for Norfork...Duffy's gave him 10 career longballs...Duffy was also hit by two pitches, putting his career HBP mark at 20...Norfork was caught stealing for just the fourth time in 29 attempts this season...Hunter Daniel made the first appearance of his collegiate career in right field...Drew Steckenrider recorded the first outfield assist of his career, gunning down a runner at the plate in the second inning...He is the fifth Tennessee player to record an outfield assist this season...Dalton Saberhagen tossed three innings, the second longest outing of his career...Nick Blount, Hunter Daniel and Steckenrider each pitched a scoreless frame.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Tennessee baseball team tied its season high with three home runs, but it wasn't enough after Middle Tennessee State jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first three innings en route to a 12-3 triumph that split the mid-week home-and-home series on a muggy Wednesday night at Reese Smith, Jr. Field in Murfreesboro.

"Obviously, we didn't get off to a good start, but the kids didn't quit," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "They battled at the plate all night, played pretty good defense and the bullpen was good. We had a couple of freshman pitchers struggle in the first couple of innings and got behind quick. It's hard to come back from that, but I thought we fought all night and even had some good at-bats in the ninth.

"It was good to see us hit a few out of the park today. (Matt) Duffy and I talked about making some small mechanical adjustments with his swing earlier this week and he has started swinging it better the last few days. It's hard to get in a rhythm sometimes when you don't play mid-week games, so hopefully this will help him out this weekend at LSU. (Khayyan) has hit the ball hard so many times lately with nothing to show for it, so it was good to see him out one out too."

The Volunteers got solo home runs from seniors Matt Duffy and Khayyan Norfork and freshman Ethan Bennett to account for their three runs on the evening. Freshman Carter Watson (5-3) suffered the loss for UT, allowing four runs, two earned, in the second start of his collegiate career. Daniel Palo (2-7) picked up the win for the Blue Raiders, tossing seven innings of two-run ball.

Out of the bullpen, freshman Dalton Saberhagen posted three solid innings, while sophomores Nick Blount, Hunter Daniel and Drew Saberhagen combined to allow just one hit over the game's final three frames.

MTSU wasted little time jumping on the Vols after suffering a 5-4 loss in Knoxville last night. The Blue Raiders raced out to an 11-0 lead after scoring four times in the first, six in the second and another in the third.

Tennessee finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth when Duffy launched 1-0 fastball over the wall in left-center for his sixth home run of the season. That gave him the team lead, but it would only be for a few minutes as Bennett joined him with six in the top of the sixth, pulling a shot down the left-field line that put the score at 12-2. Norfork finished off the scoring in the eighth with his fourth longball of the year, an opposite-field blast to right off of MTSU reliever Joey McClung.

The Volunteers will travel straight from Murfreesboro to Baton Rouge, La., where they will square off in a three-game set against LSU at Alex Box Stadium this weekend. The two teams will kick off the series at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Game two will be televised on CSS at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday before the finale at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

For the most up-to-date information on Tennessee baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/baseball and be sure to follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.

 

 

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