LINDSEY NELSON STADIUM— Tennessee improved to 10-0 this season with a 7-1 victory over George Washington University on Friday afternoon. The match-up between the Volunteers and Colonials was the first of a three game series which will be played over the weekend.
At the beginning of the match-up, it seemed as if it would become a low-scoring pitcher’s duel, as George Washington led by a single run at the beginning of the 7th inning. However, as the game progressed, the Volunteers would pull away with a 3-run bottom of the 7th, followed by a grand slam in the 8th inning to put the Colonials’ odds at pulling out an upset in the 1st game on life support.
The game started off with Tennessee starting pitcher Chad Dallas easily taking care of the top of George Washington’s order — sending the first three batters he met down in order. In the bottom half of the inning, the Volunteers also went down in order, setting up the tone of what the game would become for the first half: an old-school defensive showdown.
The pitching battle went on scoreless until the 4th inning when George Washington finally took a 1-0 lead off of an RBI double by Noah Levin. For a brief moment, it appeared as if the Colonials could make an even bigger splash in the 4th, however, that hope for George Washington quickly evaporated as the Volunteers would wake up and retire the side rather quickly. In the bottom half of the inning, it was more of the same as Tennessee struggled to get anything going as they went down in order.
It was not until the 7th inning when the Volunteers were finally able to get onto the scoreboard when Luc Lipcius slammed a missile into right field — over the fence — to give Tony Vitello’s squad hope. After Drew Gilbert was able to create an infield single, the go-ahead run moved to third base, which finally crossed home plate when Liam Spence was able to force an RBI groundout. After taking the lead for the first time, Tennessee was able to earn one extra run after Alerick Soularie was knocked in the head with a pitch to walk in a run.
In the 8th inning, the Volunteers were looking to deliver a devastating blow to George Washington, when Jordan Beck was able to walk — loading the bases for Trey Lipscomb. With everyone in Lindsey Nelson Stadium holding their breath, Lipscomb made perfect contact on a curveball that was hung over the plate, slamming the ball deep over the fence to create a 6-run advantage for the Volunteers.
Following the grand slam, the Colonials quickly went down in the top of the 9th to end the match-up after three quick ground outs. The Volunteers’ next match-up will be the 2nd of the 3 game series featuring the 19th ranked Vols and 6-3 George Washington University tomorrow at 2:00ET.