Tennessee Weekly Notes
Tennessee had a tough week, dropping a mid-week contest against Longwood before suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 11 South Carolina.
It wasn't all bad though, as the Vols helped raise over $3,000 to help fight childhood cancer with a head-shaving event on Thursday. Half of the money will go to the Vs. Cancer Foundation while the other half will stay in town, going to the East Tennessee Children's Hospital. (VIDEO) Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the remainder of the season at Tennessee.Vs-Cancer.org.
On the field, the Big Orange opened the week with a 7-5 loss to Longwood as it stranded 16 runners - one off the school record - on Tuesday afternoon. The Vols pounded out 12 hits in the contest but were just 5-for-22 with runners on base and 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving the bases loaded twice.
For the series against the 11th-ranked Gamecocks, Tennessee shuffled its rotation and it almost paid off on Friday night as the game went into the ninth inning tied at 4-4. A leadoff error in the top of the ninth led to an unearned run which proved to be the difference, however, as UT dropped a hard-fought, 5-4, decision.
Saturday's contest was a different story as the Orange and White quickly fell behind 8-0, only to respond with a seven-run inning, batting around before recording a single out, in the bottom of the third. That would be as close as Tennessee would get, however, as the Gamecocks pulled away to post a series-clinching, 12-8, triumph.
Sunday saw the Vols fall behind early and never recover with SC scoring 11 runs over the final two innings to finish off the sweep, 19-2. Ethan Bennett provided a tape-measure blast but it wasn't nearly enough with the Gamecocks scoring multiple runs in six of their nine trips to the plate.
Tennessee will look to return to the win column when it opens a five-game road trip in Johnson City with a 7:05 p.m. ET contest against ETSU on Tuesday, April 9. From there, the Vols will make the trek to Lexington, Ky., for a three-game set against Kentucky, April 12-14. The series will open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday and a 1 p.m. showdown on Sunday.
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