To say Tennessee had a rough outing against JMU on Wednesday would be a massive understatement as the Vols finished the game with just five runs on five hits and two errors, while the Dukes had 21 runs on 21 hits and had one error.
James Madison took an early lead in the top of the first on a single from Fox Semones that drove in two runs and Tennessee was unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning.
In the second inning JMU drove in three runs starting with a single from Senior first baseman Tanner Dofflemyer, followed by a bases loaded single from Adam Sisk that drove in two to make it 5-0 Dukes going into the bottom of the 2nd.
Dofflemyer got himself another RBI in the top of the fourth to put JMU up six to nothing and even though the Vols put two runners on in the bottom of the inning they were unable to capitalize.
James Madison did not have this problem, however, putting up five runs in the top of the sixth inning highlighted by Sisk clearing the bases, which were loaded, with a triple, the score was 11-0 by the end of the frame.
There is a bigger story in this game for the Vols though, as Benito Santiago had to be looked at by trainers twice.
The first time was in the bottom of the fourth after reaching base for UT’s first hit of the game, the second was during the top of the sixth while behind the plate. This will be a big storyline going forward as Santiago is both the starting catcher and a force in the batter’s box for the Vols.
Tennessee is now 8-6 on the season and that next game is on Friday on the road at Cincinnati at 4pm.
Written by: Shea Payne
Edited by: Sam Forman