GAME 1: Tennessee 10, North Florida 2
The Vols came out swinging in Game One of Saturday’s doubleheader against North Florida, plating three runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 10-2 victory.
Justin Ammons and Jay Charleston sparked the offense at the top of the lineup, combining for five hits, three runs and five RBI. Luc Lipcius also had a strong game at the dish, going 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. The junior first baseman also blasted a solo home run in the second.
Zach Linginfelter put forth another dominant performance on the mound with eight strikeouts in seven innings of work. The powerful right hander gave up two runs on four hits and walked just one to improve to 3-0 on the season.
Lipcius made it 4-0 with a towering solo home run over the right-field fence to lead off the second, his second long ball of the season.
The Ospreys answered back with a home run of their own in the bottom of the second. David Maberry sent a 2-1 pitch over the wall in left for a two-run homer to cut the lead in half.
UT continued the back-and-forth with two more runs in the third to extend the lead back to four. After back-to-back two-out walks by Lipcius and Jake Rucker, Ammons came up big with his second hit of the day, a two-run single to center field to make it 6-2.
A sacrifice fly by Ammons and a bases-loaded walk by Charleston helped the Vols put up another two-spot in the fifth and extend their lead to six. The Vols added two more runs in the eighth to cap off the scoring.