KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 24 Tennessee responded from an early deficit to cruise to a 9-4 victory over in-state foe Austin Peay on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Volunteers scored five runs in the third inning to break a 2-2 tie and pull away from the Governors. Andre Lipcius reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and tied a career high with four runs scored on the night.
Freshman Christian Scott also had a base hit and scored two runs after getting the starting nod in center field. Alerick Soularie and Evan Russell also had solid nights with a hit and two runs batted in apiece.
Will Heflin earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the year. The junior left hander allowed just two hits in 3.1 shutout innings of relief for the Vols.
The Governors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Parker Phillips hit a two-run bomb for his 20th homer run of the season.
The Big Orange answered immediately with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Scott and Lipcius singled and doubled to put two runners on for Soularie, who found a hole in the left side of the infield to bring both runners home.
The Vols batted around and scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning to rake a 7-2 lead. UT did all that damage despite having just one hit in the inning, a double by Ricky Martinez. Governors pitchers walked six batters, including the first five in the inning. Russell, Jake Rucker, Pete Derkay, Landon Gray and Martinez all drove in runs for the Vols in the inning.
Russell added to Tennessee’s lead with his second RBI of the night, doubling down the left-field line to score Lipcius from second. Lipcius extended the lead once again in the sixth with a solo home run, his 13th blast of the year, to make it 9-2.
Austin Peay added a couple of runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Matt Joslin and a sacrifice fly by Gino Avros. Aaron Campbell led the Govs at the plate with three hits and a run.
VOLS IN THE MIDWEEK: Tennessee continued its success in midweek games with Tuesday’s victory. The Vols are now 12-1 in midweek contests this season and have outscored their opponents by a 97-26 margin in those games. UT also improved to 6-3 in games against in-state opponents with the win.
JACKSON CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Redshirt senior Richard Jackson had another impressive performance out of the bullpen on Tuesday night. The Atlanta native entered the game with runners on first and second with no outs in the seventh and struck out the side to get the Vols out of the jam. Jackson struck out all four batters he faced in the game.
FIRST OF MANY FOR LIPSCOMB: UT true freshman Trey Lipscomb recorded his first-career hit with a double to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning.
UP NEXT: The Vols head down south to Gainesville for a pivotal SEC series against the Florida Gators this weekend. Friday and Sunday’s games will be streamed online via SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app while Saturday’s contest will be televised by the SEC Network. Fans can also listen live as John Wilkerson call the action for the Vol Radio Network (FM 99.1/AM 990).