JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - No. 22 Tennessee got back in the win column with a 5-1 victory over in-state foe East Tennessee State on Tuesday night in front of a capacity crowd of 1,715 at Thomas Stadium in Johnson City.
Andre Lipcius, Ricky Martinez and Max Ferguson all drove in runs and combined for four of the Volunteers' seven hits as they improved to 18-4 on the year. Alerick Soularie also had a base knock to extend his hit streak to nine games while Pete Derkay doubled, walked twice and scored two runs.
UT used 10 different pitchers on the night, nine of which threw an inning each. Junior lefty Will Heflin was credited with the win and improved to 2-0 on the season after striking out a pair in his lone inning of work.
Redshirt senior Richard Jackson entered the game with two on and nobody out in the ninth and promptly struck out David Beam before inducing a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to earn his first-career save.
An RBI single by Martinez in the top of the second opened the scoring for UT. Derkay scored on the play after leading off the inning with a ground-rule double to left center.
After the Bucs scratched across a run in the bottom of the second to tie the game, the Big Orange jumped back in front in the third when Justin Ammons scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Lipcius for his team-leading 23rd RBI.
A three-run fourth inning put Tennessee ahead 5-1. Derkay and Nico Mascia led off the inning with back-to-back walks and both came around to score on a throwing error by ETSU third baseman Jake Lyle. Ferguson drove in the third run of the inning with a single to right field to score Martinez, who reached on a bunt single earlier in the inning.
Beam drove in the only run of the game for the Buccaneers with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second inning. Daulton Montagna was the losing pitcher of record after surrendering three runs on three hits in two innings pitched.
The Vols allowed just one hit over the final five innings to close out the game. UT's pitchers combined to strike out 11 batters on the night as well.
MIDWEEK MASTERS: With Tuesday's victory, the Vols improved to 7-0 in midweek games this season. More impressively, Tennessee has outscored its six midweek opponents by a 58-11 margin. The Big Orange are also 18-1 in non-conference games this year.
PITCHER BY COMMITTEE: UT used a season-high 10 pitchers in Tuesday night's win against ETSU. Nine of the 10 pitched exactly one inning while Jackson, Camden Sewell and Elijah Pleasants retired every batter they faced.
UP NEXT: The Big Orange host South Carolina for their SEC home opener this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The series will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Fans can watch all three games online via SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. John Wilkerson and Vince Ferrara will also call the action for the Vol Radio Network (FM 99.1 / AM 990).