No. 1 Tennessee beats Indiana

No. 1 Tennessee beats Indiana

Christian Moore and Dean Curley hit two-run homers. Billy Amick hit a grand slam. The Vols need one more win to reach the Super Regionals.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 1 Tennessee baseball beat Indiana, 12-6, in their NCAA Regional Tournament game on Saturday inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols took the lead in the top of the second inning when Dean Curley hit a two-run home run. Hunter Ensley reached base after drawing a walk and Curley brought him home for a 2-0 lead.

Later in the inning, Christian Moore hit a two-run home run. Cal Stark walked in the previous at-bat. That put UT up 4-0.

The Vols loaded the bases later in the second inning, but were unable to score any more runs.

Tennessee loaded the bases again in the top of the third inning with one out. Kavares Tears walked, Dean Curley singled and then Stark walked another to load the bases.

Moore then walked to take a 5-0 lead.

With the bases still loaded with two outs, Billy Amick hit a grand slam to give UT a 9-0 lead. It was his third home run in three games.

In the bottom of the third inning, Devin Taylor hit a three-run home run as the Hoosiers cut the lead to 9-3. The Indians got a tune-up at third base in the next inning with two outs, but the Vols did not allow another run.

Tennessee regained some of the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Stark hit a solo home run to put UT up 10-3.

Indiana brought up another run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carter Mathison doubled to cut the Vols’ lead to 10-4. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hoosiers loaded the bases. UT got out of the inning leaving only one run.

Tennessee responded with runs of its own: with runners on second and third base with no outs, in the top of the fifth inning, Tears singled to bring both runs home and put UT up 12-4.

Tennessee closed the bases with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. They couldn’t score.

The Vols only need one more win in the Regional to advance to the Super Regionals. They will play the winner of Indiana and Southern Mississippi at 6 pm on Sunday.

If they lose that game, they will play again on Monday against the team that lost for a spot in the Super Regionals.