Nr. 1 Tennessee wins Series 9 over Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE – Join hundreds of other Tennessee fans in our game thread where you can follow for live play-by-play updates and comments as the top-ranked Vols go after their first league win over Vanderbilt since 2016, and their first league win over the Commodores in Nashville since 2009.

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Here are four quick takeaways from the Tennessee series victory over No. 9 Vanderbilt on Saturday night:

Rounding 1. – Dollander shines

Chase Dollander (W, 5-0) delivered a spectacular outing for the second weekend in a row.

Sophomore, Tennessee started Saturday night at Hawkins Field and closed Commodores. Dollander allowed two runs over eight innings and struck out six. He allowed only once when Vandy managed to compile three hits.

Two of Vanderbilt’s three hits were solo homeruns in seventh inning. Dollander then came back in the eighth and struck a pointless 1-2-3 inning.

Round 2 – Redmond Walsh shuts it out

Tony Vitello trotted Dollander back to the ninth, but had to turn to Redmond Walsh out of the bullpen after Dollander left Carter Young to lead the inning.

Walsh came in and immediately got Vandy midfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. to jump into a double play for the first two outs. He then got Davis Diaz to ground to cards to end the game.

It was Walsh’s fourth save of the season and the 20th of his career. He became the second volume ever to record 20 rescues, and he now only follows the program’s leader through time, Todd Helton, who finished with 23.

Round 3 – Mike Honcho

Mike Honcho – alias Vol’s right fielder Jordan Beck – can not be slowed down. Beck had a homerun overturned on Friday night due to an illegal bat and has only crushed on the plate since.

After a two-run double in the fifth inning of the game’s drama, Beck immediately put Vols on the board at the top of the first in game two on an RBI double to the left center, scoring Jorel Ortega from first. Beck also singled and led from third inning.

Through two games in Nashville, Beck is 3-to-9 this weekend with three RBIs, two scores, two doubles and one walk.

On the way home – Vols writes history

Tennessee now have 8-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1966. The two-game winning streak also gave the Vols their first league win over the Commodores since 2016.

This is the first time Tennessee has won the series in Nashville since 2009.

Key games

T-1 .: Tennessee 3 (+3), Vanderbilt 0

Vols jumped early on the Commodores with three races at the top of the first.

Jorel Ortega worked a one-out walk to create a Jordan Beck RBI double to give the Vols an early 1-0 lead. So, after Drew Gilbert reached on catcher interference to put runners in first and second place, Trey Lipscomb struck a ground-rule double that scored Beck from second place to 2-0.

Tennessee extended the lead to 3-0 as Drew Gilbert swept home on a game that saw Seth Stephenson strike out on a pitch in the ground but allowed him to reach. When Vandy catcher Jack Bulger found the baseball, he tried to throw Lipscomb out in the second half, but the throw was not in time and it allowed Gilbert to score.

T-3: Tennessee 3, Vanderbilt 0

Vols had runners in second and third place with two outs after Jordan Beck and Trey Lipscomb singled in the frame. However, Seth Stephenson struck out to beach Beck and Lipscomb.

B-5 .: Tennessee 5 (+2), Vanderbilt 0

Jorel Ortega first reached to lead the inning with Vanderbilt’s third baseman Davis Diaz starting a ball in third place. Three batters later, Trey Lipscomb struck a two-out, two-run homerun to the left field to extend Tennessee’s lead to 5-0.

T-5 .: Tennessee 5, Vanderbilt 0

Tennessee starter Chase Dollander allowed his first baserunner in the game to begin the fifth inning as Vandy’s Dominic Keegan singled up the middle. But on the next pitch, Evan Russell threw him out in second place. Dollander continues to gather a clean slate.

T-6 .: Tennessee 5, Vanderbilt 0

Luc Lipcius and Cortland Lawson each walked in the sixth, but after Lipcius was marked out to go to second place when he misunderstood the count, and after Blake Burke knocked out, the Vols were unable to take advantage of the walks.

T-7 .: Tennessee 5, Vanderbilt 0

After Drew Gilbert hit a single with two outs and stole number two, Trey Lipscomb struck out to finish the inning and stranded Gilbert.

B-7 .: Tennessee 5, Vanderbilt 2 (+2)

Vanderbilt center-back Enrique Bradfield Jr. started the inning with a solo homerun to the right field to get the Commodores on the board and cut it to a one-run match.

Bradfield’s homer was the first of two for Vandy in the seventh. Right-back Spencer Jones also hit a solo homerun in the frame.

B-9: Tennessee 5, Vanderbilt 2

After Chase Dollander left Carter Young to begin the ninth inning, Tony Vitello turned against Redmond Walsh out of the bullpen. Walsh soon got Enrique Bradfield Jr. to roll into a 4-6-3 double play before getting a groundball to shortstop to get the Vols out of the inning and win the match.

Final Box Score

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