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Tennessee Splits Doubleheader With Maryland

The Vols let game one get away, but bounced back in game two.

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Tennessee split a doubleheader with Maryland on Sunday, giving the Terrapins the series win and putting Tennessee at 1-2 on the young season.

In game one, the Vols struck first with a lead-off home run from left fielder Jay Charleston, the first of his career.

Maryland tied the game 1-1 when first baseman Kevin Biondic scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning. But in the bottom of the sixth, Tennessee re-took the lead 2-1 on a sacrifice fly from designated hitter Pete Derkay.

Tennessee starting pitcher Garrett Stallings pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three hits and one earned run with one strikeout.

The Vols and Terps traded runs a few more times, entering the ninth inning tied 4-4.

Tennessee unraveled in the ninth inning, however, allowing Maryland to score six runs and the Terps took game one 10-4.

Game two, though, was all Vols.

The Terps started off hot, as Marty Costes led off game two with a solo home run for the Terps. After an error, Nick Dunn blasted his third homer of the series to make it 3-0 Maryland before Tennessee could record an out.

Tennessee had a nice first inning of its own, however. Justin Ammons and Andre Lipcius delivered RBI singles before Benito Santiago drove a two-run double to right field to give the Vols a 4-3 lead. Wyatt Stapp added another RBI to make it 5-3 Tennessee.

Andre Lipcius hit a grand slam in the second to give Tennessee a 9-3 lead which the Vols would not relinquish. Lipcius set a career high with six RBIs in the second game.

Tennessee went on to win the game 13-6.

The Vols will be back in action Tuesday at home against Lipscomb.