Another day, another Tennessee Volunteer win against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Thanks to 16 runs and 13 hits - from nine different players - the Tennessee Volunteers were able to thrash its SEC opponent 16-1 and secure its first SEC road-series win under head coach Tony Vitello.
Seven players drove in runs and six finished with multiple RBIs.
Junior pitcher Garrett Stallings was solid in the win, setting a new career-high in strikeouts (8) during a SEC matchup. He allowed just one run and six hits in seven innings.
The Vols got off to a quick 2-0 start, but Kentucky made things interesting in the second inning after Brayden Daniel’s single up the middle led to a T.J. Collett run.
But that’s the closest the Wildcats would ever get to even tying the game. Ricky Martinez doubled in the top of the fourth, sending Alerick Soularie home, to put the Vols back up by two runs, 3-1.
Stallings was lights out after allowing the run, giving up just three more hits throughout the course of the game.
Tennessee would go on to score eight runs in the next three innings to stretch the lead to 11-1. Only an 88 minute weather delay in the top of the eighth could stop the Vols.
The 16 runs were the most the Vols have scored in SEC play since a 25-5 win against the Georgia Bulldogs back in 2010. The 16-1 victory is also the largest margin of victory in a SEC game since the Bulldogs game, as well.
The Vols will try and sweep the Cats on Saturday, April 20th. First pitch is scheduled for 2PM EST.