It ain’t over yet.
The Tennessee Volunteers will continue the march through the College World Series thanks to a 10-3 win over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks on Saturday.
Just one day after the Vols’ offense couldn’t get anything done, the bats came to life to the tune of 10 runs and seven hits in 36 at-bats. Ricky Martinez led the way for Tennessee offensively, going 3-of-4 with two RBIs.
Freshman Camden Sewell received the start for Tennessee and made good work of the Seahawks, allowing just one run off four hits and recording four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. But it was Garrett Crochet (5-3) - in relief of Sewell - who got the win after recording four strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Jay Charleston gave the Vols a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks to consecutive defensive errors by the Seahawks, but the offense quickly stalled soon after. Nothing happened until a Martinez single brought Alerick Soularie home to stretch the lead to 2-0. Martinez was then able to steal second and score soon after off yet another Seahawk error to push the lead to 3-0 in the top of the fourth.
Sewell finally gave up his first run of the night in the bottom of the fifth inning. Noah Liles was the one to reach home plate, but it was only 3-1 and Crochet was coming in for Sewell.
Crochet took care of business to close out the inning and Martinez took care of business as soon as Tennessee got back up to the plate. He was able to drive in his second RBI of the game and scored when the Seahawk’s right fielder dropped a pop fly.
Connor Pavolony officially blew things out of the water with a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to give the Vols a 10-1 lead and essentially seal the deal. The Seahawks were able to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to make the final score 10-3.
Tennessee will now get another shot against the Liberty Flames on Sunday, June 2nd. First pitch is scheduled for 12PM EST. You can stream the game on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. You can also listen to the game on the Vol Radio Network (FM 99.1/AM 990).
Liberty’s rally at North Carolina comes up 15 runs short. Tennessee gets another shot at the Flames at noon tomorrow in Chapel Hill. Winner has to beat North Carolina twice — in the game that follows tomorrow afternoon and then on Monday — to advance to super regional next week.— @GrantRamey (@GrantRamey) June 2, 2019