Third-ranked Tennessee Baseball (2-2) is looking to complete the midweek series sweep over Alabama A&M in Knoxville on Wednesday. The Vols trounced the Bulldogs in the Tuesday matchup to the tune of a 10-0, run-rule victory in eight innings.
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First pitch is at 4:30 p.m. ET for game two of the midweek series. SECN+ has the call. Reminder that the online broadcasts can be accessed on any mobile device through WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN App, or online at espn.com/watch.
Each team’s starting lineup, pitching matchup, and additional pre-game notes are below.
Tennessee Starting Lineup
DH Dylan Dreiling
2B Christian Moore
1B Blake Burke
3B Zane Denton
LF Jared Dickey
RF Griffin Merritt
CF Kyle Booker
SS Austen Jaslove
C Charlie Taylor
-Dreiling making first career start. In three at-bats, the freshman has recorded a pair of hits: a single against Grand Canyon and a triple against Alabama A&M.
-With Dreiling taking over at DH, Dickey moves back to OF to start for Christian Scott. Booker moves to center, and Dickey goes to left.
-Charlie Taylor getting the start at catcher for the first time since Saturday as Cal Stark gets the night off.
Alabama A&M Starting Lineup
3B Tommy Easley
CF Devin Tonkins
1B Blake Martin
DH Miles Jackson
C Christian Soto
RF Jalen Parker
2B Jalen Ford
SS Chandler Stocking
LF Javen Hunter
Pitching Matchup (2022 stats listed)
Vols Jr. LHP Zander Sechrist (4-0, 1.67 ERA, 17 appearances, 11 starts, 43.0 IP, 27 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 7 BB, 46 K, .181 batting avg., 2 HBP, 159 batters faced)
Alabama A&M Fr. RHP Anthony Mateo (college debut)
Alabama A&M: Maroon tops, White bottoms
-Tommy Easley flies out to shallow center. Booker runs underneath it to make the grab.
-Devin Tonkins flies out to shallow RF.
-Blake Martin flies out to shallow LF.
-Dylan Dreiling strikes out swinging.
-Christian Moore works a one-out walk on a full count.
-Moore steals second.
-Blake Burke pops up to SS.
–Zane Denton rips an RBI single in the right center gap to score Moore.
-Jared Dickey strikes out swinging.
Score: Vols 1, Bulldogs 0
-Miles Jackson lines out to CF.
-Christian Soto strikes out swinging.
-Jalen Parker is walked to become the first Alabama A&M baserunner.
-Charlie Taylor catches Parker stealing at second. Heck of a throw by Taylor.
*Pitching change: So. RHP Brett Parker taking over the mound for Anthony Mateo*
-Griffin Merritt knocks a double to right center. His first hit as a Vol.
-Kyle Booker is walked.
-Austen Jaslove lays down a sac bunt to advance the baserunners. Jaslove is out at first for the first out of the inning.
–Brett Parker balks to score Merritt. Booker advances to third.
-Charlie Taylor pops up to 1B.
-Dylan Dreiling drills an RBI single to right field.
-Christian Moore is walked.
-Blake Burke reaches on a fielder’s choice. Moore out at second to end the inning.
Score: Vols 3, Bulldogs 0
*Pitching change: So. RHP Aaron Combs on to pitch for Zander Sechrist*
Sechrist FINAL LINE: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 18 strikes on 34 total pitches against six batters
-Jalen Ford grounds out to 1B unassisted.
-Chandler Stocking grounds out to SS.
-Javen Hunter strikes out looking.
*Pitching change: Jr. RHP Tyler Campbell on to pitch for Brett Parker*
-Zane Denton works a leadoff walk.
-Jared Dickey lines out to LF in left center.
-Denton steals second.
-Griffin Merritt singles to RF. Denton advances to third. Denton advances home on a throwing error by the RF; Merritt advances to second on the error.
-Kyle Booker works a one-out walk.
-Booker and Merritt steal second and third. Merritt scores on a throwing error by the Alabama A&M catcher Christian Soto. Booker advances to third on the error.
-Austen Jaslove lays down an RBI groundout to 2B. Booker scores.
-Charlie Taylor ropes a TRIPLE to off the left center wall. Triple!
-Dylan Dreiling grounds out to 3B to strand Taylor.
Score: Vols 6, Bulldogs 0
*Pitching change: Fr. RHP JJ Garcia pitching for Aaron Combs*
Aaron Combs FINAL LINE: 1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
*Christian Moore moves to SS. Austen Jaslove moves to 2B.*
*Logan Chambers at 3B for Zane Denton*
*Reese Chapman at RF for Dickey, Merritt to LF*
-Tommy Easley grounds out to P.
-Devin Tonkins strikes out swinging
-Blake Martin pops up to SS.
*Pitching change: Terence Sales pitching for Tyler Campbell*
*Kavares Tears pinch-hitting for Christian Moore*
-Tears strikes out swinging.
*Hunter Ensley pinch-hitting for Blake Burke*
-Ensley singles to left center.
-Ensley advances to second on a throwing error by Sales, who was trying to pickoff Ensley at first.
-Logan Chambers is walked.
-Reese Chapman flies out to CF. Ensley advances to third.
-Griffin Merritt strikes out swinging.
Score: Vols 6, Bulldogs 0
*Kyle Booker to 2B for Jaslove*
*Tears to CF for Booker*
*Ensley to 1B*
*Christian Scott to LF for Merritt*
*Jaslove to SS for Moore*
-Miles Jackson triples to CF.
-Christian Soto strikes out swinging.
-Jalen Parker strikes out swinging.
-Jalen Ford lays down an RBI bunt single to score Jackson.
-Ford’s foot comes off the bag, and Booker tosses the ball to Ensley who tags Ford out at first.
-Kyle Booker singles to 2B.
-Austen Jaslove is walked.
*Pitching change: Jr. RHP Dustin Hernandez on to pitch for Sales*
-Charlie Taylor DESTROYS a three-run home run over the left field wall. Taylor’s first career home run.
-Ryan Miller walked on four pitches.
-Miller advances to second on a wild pitch.
-Kavares Tears is walked on four pitches.
On nine pitches, Alabama A&M relief pitcher Dustin Hernandez has given up a three-run homer to Charlie Taylor and walked Ryan Miller and Kavares Tears.
— Jack Foster (@jackfostermedia) February 22, 2023
-Hunter Ensley grounds out to 2B. Runners advance to second and third.
-Logan Chambers reaches first on a throwing error by SS, advances to second. Miller scores, and Tears scores on the error.
-Reese Chapman hits an RBI single to RF as Chambers scores. Chapman advances to second on the throw.
-Christian Scott is walked. Chapman advances to third.
*Pitching change: Jr. LHP Jason Garcia on to pitch for Hernandez*
*Ethan Payne pinch-hitting for Dylan Dreiling*
-Scott advances to second on a wild pitch.
-Ethan Payne hits a fly ball to the center field. The Alabama A&M center fielder misjudges it, and the ball lands behind him. It’s a two-RBI double for Payne as Scott and Chapman score.
*Jake Kendro pinch-hitting for Austen Jaslove*
-Kendro knocks an RBI double to right center as Payne scores.
-Charlie Taylor sends an RBI single through the right side. Kendro scores. Taylor has 4 RBI and is a double away from the cycle tonight.
-Taylor advances to second on a wild pitch.
-Ryan Miller is walked on four pitches.
-Kavares Tears sends an RBI single into center field as Taylor scores from second. Kendro advances to second.
-Tears and Miller advance on a wild pitch.
-Hunter Ensley reaches first as the Alabama A&M first baseman muffs the catch. Miller scores, Tears scores on the error, Ensley advances to second.
-Logan Chambers hit an RBI triple to LF, as the Bulldogs left fielder dives for the ball and misses. Ensley scores. It’s a 14-run inning for Tennessee.
-Reese Chapman reaches on a fielding error by 1B. Chambers scores. It’s a 15-run inning for Tennessee, which is a new program record.
Tennessee's 15 runs this inning is a program record. The previous record stood at 14.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) February 22, 2023
-Christian Scott strikes out swinging.
-Ethan Payne is walked.
-Jake Kendro reaches on a fielder’s choice. Payne caught in a pickle and is out at 2B to finally end the inning.
Score: Vols 21, Bulldogs 1
*Pitching change: Sr. RHP Bryce Jenkins on to pitch for Garcia*
-Chandler Stocking strikes out swinging.
-Chevalier Dorris strikes out swinging.
-Tommy Easley grounds out to SS. It’s a 1-2-3 inning for Jenkins.
*Pitching change: Fr. RHP Kobe Stokes on to pitch for Garcia*
-Charlie Taylor SMACKS a leadoff home run into the left field porches. An absolute rocket.
-Ryan Miller drills a double off the right field wall.
-Miller advances to third on a balk.
-Kavares Tears hits a sac fly to center field to score Miller.
-Hunter Ensley is plunked.
-Logan Chambers singles up the middle. Ensley advances to second.
-Reese Chapman grounds out to 2B.
-Christian Scott strikes out looking.
Score: Vols 23, Bulldogs 1
*Pitching change: Jr. RHP Zach Joyce on to pitch for Jenkins*
-Devin Tonkins strikes out looking.
-Kelsen Stocking strikes out swinging.
-Malik Jackson strikes out swinging.
*Due to the new 10-run run rule implemented by the NCAA, the game is over.*
FINAL: Tennessee 23, Alabama A&M 1