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Baseball: Tennessee Drops Season Opener to Maryland 4-0

The Vols were unable to muster any offense in Tony Vitello’s head coaching debut.

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Tennessee lost 4-0 to Maryland in Knoxville on Friday, dropping its season opener and first game under head coach Tony Vitello.

Tennessee was unable to get anything going offensively against Maryland starting pitcher Taylor Bloom, who pitched seven scoreless innings. Bloom allowed six hits and struck out nine while not allowing a walk.

Maryland scored its first two runs runs in the fourth inning, first with a solo home run from second baseman Nick Dunn - a Baseball America Preseason All-American selection - and later with an RBI single from designated hitter Will Watson.

Tennessee starting pitcher Zach Liginfelter went 4+ innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.

In the eighth inning, Dunn struck again for his second solo home run of the night off Tennessee reliever Garrett Crochet, giving the Terrapins a 3-0 lead.

Tennessee threatened with runners on the corners in the eighth inning, but Vols catcher Benito Santiago struck out to end the inning.

Maryland left fielder Marty Costes added an RBI double in the ninth to stretch the UM lead to 4-0.

Tennessee and Maryland have two games remaining in this three-game series to open the season.