It was fast, it was furious, and to be honest it was decided in the very first inning.
Coming into Tuesday’s game you could say the Vols were limping. They had lost 2 of 3 over the weekend in the Tri-Star Classic and had yet to find any consistency on the mound.
On Tuesday Freshman Sean Hunley was dealing on the mound. He had six strikeouts and allowed only seven hits, while walking just one batter. However, it was the offense that would all but end this game before it could even truly start.
The Vols came out swinging in the first inning scoring seven runs on eight hits. UT never looked back cruising to a 10-1 victory in just under three hours of play.
The Seven runs the Vols scored in the first inning was the most runs Tennessee has scored in any inning this season and the most in any one inning since they scored seven in the seventh inning against Austin-Peay on March 15, 2017. In a game that the Big Orange would go on to win 18-4 over the Governors.
No single man came up bigger than another in this game. Everyone had at least one hit and several had two or more.
Brandon Trammell, son of former Vol and Detroit Tiger Bubba Trammell, got his first home run of his career in the seventh.
Head Coach Tony Vitello has this team hitting well as this is already the fourth game where Tennessee has had a double digit hit total.
In Tuesday’s game the Vols had 14 hits and Vitello would use every player he could, sending a pinch hitter to the plate five different times in the later innings of the Vols big win.
“This was a Listerine game for us,” said Vitello in his postgame interview. It washed the taste out of the team’s mouth from the weekend losses.
Senior Benito Santiago, who was 3-3 at the plate, stated that this was a “big, big game…the kind of game that sets the tone for the week.”
Hunley laughed when asked about the big first inning stating how “it was huge, run support huge. It was kind of a long inning though, I think I set in the dugout for 34 minutes.”
Vitello and the team hope to continue the momentum tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium against James Madison University for game two of their two game series.
Written By: Colin Castleberry
Edited By: Sam Forman