KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 8/24 Tennessee continued its winning ways with a come-from-behind victory over Mississippi State to secure its second straight series, notching a 12-8 win on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
After the Bulldogs scored three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead, it was all Volunteers the rest of the way as the Big Orange scored 10 runs over the next three innings to turn a five-run deficit into a four-run lead after seven innings.
Blake Burke provided the biggest and loudest hit of the night with a three-run laser off the batter's eye in center field that registered at 115 mph off the bat and traveled an estimated 437 feet. The blast was Burke's team-leading 15th homer of the year and gave UT its first lead of the night at 10-8. Burke finished the game with a team-high three hits and three runs scored to go along with his three RBIs.
Camden Sewell ensured that there would be no comeback as he held the potent Bulldogs' lineup hitless over the final 3.1 innings to pick up the win and improve to 3-0 on the year. The veteran right hander tied a career high with seven strikeouts and allowed just two baserunners via a pair of walks.
Zander Sechrist and AJ Russell also combined for 1.2 innings of scoreless relief to help bridge the gap to Sewell after starter Chase Dollander gutted out three innings despite battling illness all week.
Christian Moore also had a pair of big hits for the Vols, finishing with a pair of RBIs courtesy of a two-run homer to get Tennessee on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Jared Dickey and Zane Denton also homered for the Big Orange, hitting their ninth and 10th long balls of the season, respectively.
After the latest impressive offensive performance on Friday night, UT has now scored double-digit runs in four of its last five games and has outscored its opponents 47-21 over its last five SEC contests.
Hunter Hines had another big day at the plate for Mississippi State (24-19, 6-14 SEC), going 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Dakota Jordan also drove in three runs for the Bulldogs, who dropped their sixth straight in the series.
UP NEXT: Tennessee (29-14, 10-10 SEC) will go for its second consecutive series sweep in Saturday's series finale. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
A win would put the Vols above .500 in SEC play for the first time this season. Sophomore RHP Drew Beam is scheduled to start Saturday's contest.