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LIVE Updates, Score, Notes: Alabama A&M @ No. 3 Tennessee

LIVE Updates, Score, Notes: Alabama A&M @ No. 3 Tennessee
Tennessee Baseball vs. Alabama A&M// Photo via Rocky Top Insider’s Jack Foster

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It’s officially baseball time in Tennessee, as the third-ranked Vols (1-2) will begin their 2023 home season on Tuesday against Alabama A&M (3-0). First pitch will take place at 4:30 p.m. ET in Knoxville, and SEC Network + has the call.

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The Vols are looking to achieve their second win of the season on Tuesday, as Tennessee went 1-2 to begin the season in the MLB Desert Invitational, losing to Arizona and Grand Canyon and defeating UC-San Diego.

Lineups and starting pitchers for both teams and additional pre-game notes are below.

Tennessee Starting Lineup

DH Jared Dickey

2B Christian Moore

1B Blake Burke

RF Griffin Merritt

3B Zane Denton

C Cal Stark

LF Kyle Booker

SS Austen Jaslove

CF Christian Scott

Lineup notes: 

-Merritt starting as an outfielder for the first time this season

-Dickey moves to DH as Merritt takes over at RF, LF and CF stay the same as Sunday with Kyle Booker and Christian Scott

-Still no starting SS Maui Ahuna, who awaits clearance from the NCAA, so Austen Jaslove continues to start.

-Second game Cal Stark will serve as starting catcher. Charlie Taylor started at catcher last Friday and Saturday.

Alabama A&M Starting Lineup

DH Tommy Easley

2B Chevalier Dorris

C Jared Tribett

1B Blake Martin

RF Jalen Parker

LF Brycen Hammonds

3B Christian Soto

SS CJ Mervilus

CF Mekhi Lloyd

Pitching Matchup:

*2022 stats listed*

Vols Jr. RHP Hollis Fanning (0-0, 2.70 ERA, 5 appearances, 3.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, .467 opp. bavg., 1 HBP, 19 batters faced)

vs. Alabama A&M Sr. LHP Roman Sorrell (No stats found)

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1st Inning: 


-Hollis Fanning plunks A&M’s leadoff hitter Tommy Easley.

-Cal Stark throws behind Easley at first after Chevalier Dorris fails to lay a bunt down.

-Dorris strikes out swinging.

-Fanning walks Jared Tribett.

-Fanning picks off Tribett at first to end the inning.


-Jared Dickey singles to 2B

-Christian Moore cracks a double to LF. Dickey advances to third.

-Blake Burke is walked. Bases loaded for Griffin Merritt with no outs.

-Merritt pops up to RF for the first out of the inning.

-Zane Denton cracks a sac fly to right center. Dickey narrowly scores. Runners on second and third with two outs. Play is under further review.

-Call overturned. Dickey is out to end the inning.

Score: Vols 0, Bulldogs 0

2nd Inning: 


-Blake Martin singles into shallow center field. Alabama A&M’s first hit of the evening.

-Jalen Parker pops up to 2B.

-Brycen Hammonds lines out to LF.

-Christian Soto strikes out looking.


-Cal Stark flies out to the warning track in RF.

-Kyle Booker works a one-out walk.

-Austen Jaslove pops up to catcher.

-Christian Scott strikes out swinging.

Score: Vols 0, Bulldogs 0

3rd Inning: 


*Pitching change: So. LHP Jake Fitzgibbons on to pitch for Hollis Fanning*

-Fitzgibbons strikes out CJ Mervilus.

-Mekhi Lloyd strikes out swinging.

-Tommy Easley flies out to the warning track in deep left center. 1-2-3 inning for Fitzgibbons.


-Jared Dickey rips a double down the RF line.

-Christian Moore works a walk.

-Blake Burke delivers a three-run homer over the left center wall. Burke made it look easy.

-Griffin Merritt pops up to 2B.

-Zane Denton grounds out to SS.

-Cal Stark flies out to deep right center.

Score: Vols 3, Bulldogs 0

4th Inning: 


-Fitzgibbons walks Chevalier Dorris.

-Dorris steals second.

-Jared Tribett is walked.

-Blake Martin strikes out swinging.

-Jalen Parker pops up to 1B.

-Brycen Hammonds strikes out swinging.


-Kyle Booker works a leadoff walk.

-Austen Jaslove grounds into a 5-4-3 double play.

-Christian Scott flies out to the warning track in CF.

Score: Vols 3, Bulldogs 0

5th Inning: 


*Pitching change: Fr. RHP AJ Russell on to pitch for Jake Fitzgibbons*

-Christian Soto flies out to LF.

-CJ Mervilus strikes out looking.

-Mekhi Lloyd strikes out swinging.


*Pitching change: So. LHP Gabe Nicholson on to pitch for Sorrell*

-Jared Dickey works a leadoff walk.

-Christian Moore strikes out swinging, taking an ill-advised swing for the third strike.

-Blake Burke rips a single to RF and advances to second on the throw home. Dickey avoids the tag and scores.

-Burke steals third on a wild pitch.

-Griffin Merritt is plunked. Runners on the corners with one out for UT.

*Pitching change: Jr. RHP Jason Marono on to pitch for Nicholson*

-Zane Denton lays down an RBI groundout to 1B unassisted. Burke scores. Merritt advances to second.

-Cal Stark grounds out to 3B.

Score: Vols 5, Bulldogs 0

6th Inning: 


-Tommy Easley pops up to catcher.

-Chevalier Dorris singles to SS.

-Dorris advances to second on a passed ball.

-Dorris steals third.

-Jared Tribett strikes out swinging.

-Blake Martin grounds out to 1B unassisted.


-Kyle Booker grounds out to 2B.

*Kavares Tears pinch-hitting for Austen Jaslove*

-Kavares Tears knocks a double to center field in his first at-bat as a college player.

-Christian Moore grounds out to 2B.

-Jared Dickey sends a two-run homer off the foul pole in the Tennessee bullpen. His first homer of the season.

*Logan Chambers pinch-hitting for Christian Moore*

-Chambers works a two-out walk.

*Ethan Payne pinch-hitting for Blake Burke*

-Payne hits an RBI double to center field, as the Alabama A&M center fielder can’t catch it. Chambers scores.

-Griffin Merritt lines out to SS.

Score: Vols 8, Bulldogs 0

7th Inning: 


*Pitching change: So. LHP Jacob Bimbi on to pitch for Russell*

*Payne to 1B for Burke*

*Chambers to 2B for Moore*

*Fr. Jake Kendro to SS for Jaslove*

-Jalen Parker flies out to RF

-Miles Jackson grounds out 1B to P.

-Christian Soto is plunked.

-Bimbi strikes out pinch-hitter Jalen Ford to end the top of the frame.


*Hunter Ensley pinch-hitting for Zane Denton*

-Ensley flies out to right center.

*Charlie Taylor pinch-hitting for Cal Stark*

-Charlie Taylor pops up to 1B.

*Dylan Dreiling pinch-hitting for Kyle Booker*

-Dreiling ropes a triple into the left center gap, also displaying his speed to get to third.

-Jake Kendro strikes out.

Score: Vols 8, Bulldogs 0

8th Inning: 


*Merritt to LF*

*Ensley to 1B*

*Dreiling to CF*

*Reese Chapman to RF*

*Taylor to C*

-Devin Tonkins strikes out swinging

-Tommy Easley singles to 2B

-Dorris strikes out looking.

-Tribett is walked.

-Easley steals third.

-Blake Martin strikes out, reaches first on WP. Taylor gets the throw in time to Bimbi, who tags Easley for the final out at home.


*Freshman RHP Kobe Stokes on to pitch for Marono*

-Chapman is walked.

*Ryan Miller pinch-hitting for Jared Dickey*

-Chapman advances to second on a wild pitch.

-Miller hits a moonshot two-run homer over the right field wall.

Score: Vols 10, Bulldogs 0

*Due to the new 10-run rule implemented by the NCAA, the game is over.*


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