No. 2 Tennessee rolls past Lipscomb
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 2/2 Tennessee will head into Southeastern Conference play on a high note after recording its fifth shutout of the season with a 10-0 victory over in-state foe Lipscomb on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Seven Volunteer pitchers combined for the shutout, limiting the Bisons (5-12) to just six hits on the night.
Zander Sechrist got his usual midweek start and pitched two scoreless innings to get things rolling. The junior lefty had to work out of some trouble in the first after giving up back-to-back singles to start the game but retired the next three batters to escape the jam unscathed.
After 1.1 shutout frames from Zach Joyce, redshirt-sophomore right hander Aaron Combs followed with 1.2 scoreless, allowing just one hit while striking out three batters to earn his second win of the year.
Jacob Bimbi, Jake Fitzgibbons, AJ Russell and Hollis Fanning combined to pitch the final four innings and did not allow a hit in that span.
The Vols (15-3) scored their first six runs all with two outs, including a five-run second inning to give them an early cushion. UT tacked on another run in the fourth and two each in the fifth and sixth innings to round out the scoring.
Hunter Ensley opened the scoring with a two-run blast to left field in the second inning, the first home run of his career, before Maui Ahuna followed with a three-run shot later in the frame to put the Vols ahead 5-0.
Ahuna led the charge for the Big Orange, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBIs from the leadoff spot. Christian Moore also had a pair of knocks to record his fourth multi-hit outing of the season while freshman Dylan Dreiling added a two-run homer in the fifth, which marked his third long ball in the last four games.
UP NEXT: Tennessee opens conference play this Friday night when it heads to Missouri to begin a three-game set against the Tigers in Columbia. Friday's series opener is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET and all three games can be streamed live on SEC Network+ through the ESPN app.