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Updates, Score, Notes: No. 2 Tennessee Baseball @ Missouri Series Finale

Tennessee pitcher Drew Beam. Photo by Rocky Top Insider/Ric Butler.

Tennessee Baseball (15-5) will take on the Missouri Tigers (15-3) on Sunday in Columbia, Missouri, for game three of the three-game series and game two of a Sunday doubleheader.

*Note: The game will only be seven innings.*

Weather caused Saturday’s game between the Vols and Tigers to get postponed, so now Tennessee is playing a doubleheader for the second consecutive weekend.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m. ET. SECN+ will have the stream. 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

The Vols got blown out in game one of the series on Friday afternoon, losing 9-1. A recap of the loss along with what Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello had to say is here.

Game two was similar, as Missouri continued to find success against Tennessee’s pitching. The Tigers got out to a quick 3-0 run and coasted from there. Zane Denton hit a two-run home run in the seventh to try and ignite a rally, but the Vols ultimately fell short.

Additionally, Tony Vitello was ejected in the bottom of the third inning after arguing with the home plate umpire over a balk call that scored Missouri’s fifth run of the game.

Tennessee’s series loss to the Tigers serves as their first of the season, and the Vols will look to avoid getting swept in the third game.

Lineups, pitching matchup and additional pre-game notes for game one of the doubleheader are below.

Starting Lineups


SS Maui Ahuna

2B Christian Moore

1B Blake Burke

3B Zane Denton

LF Jared Dickey

DH Griffin Merritt

RF Kavares Tears

CF Christian Scott

C Charlie Taylor

Lineup Notes:

-Scott making his first start in awhile.

-Tears gets his second start of the weekend in RF. Merritt moves to DH as Dickey moves to LF.


3B Luke Mann

2B Matt Garcia

DH Dalton Bargo

LF Trevor Austin

1B Hank Zeisler

C Tre Morris

RF Cam Chick

CF Ty Wilmsmeyer

SS Justin Colon

Pitching Matchup

Vols RHP Drew Beam (3-0, 2.57 ERA, 21 IP, 17 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 22 K, 1.05 WHIP)


Tigers RHP Austin Troesser (1-1, 3.55 ERA, 12.2 IP, 1 save, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 16 K, 1.17 WHIP)


Orange tops, grey bottoms.


1st Inning: 


-Maui Ahuna strikes out swinging.

-Christian Moore grounds out to 2B.

-Blake Burke strikes out looking.

End of Top Half.


-Luke Mann flies out to CF.

-Beam works out of a 3-0 count to strike out Matt Garcia.

-Dalton Bargo strikes out looking.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 0, Tigers 0

2nd Inning: 


-Zane Denton strikes out swinging.

-Jared Dickey flies out to deep CF.

-Griffin Merritt grounds out to 3B.

End of Top Half.


-Trevor Austin grounds out to SS.

-Hank Zeisler singles to SS.

-Tre Morris grounds out to 3B. Zeisler advances to second.

-Cam Chick is walked.

-Ty Wilmsmeyer fouls out to RF. Great catch by Kavares Tears in RF to get the final out in foul territory. Play of the weekend for Tennessee defensively.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 0, Tigers 0

3rd Inning: 


-Kavares Tears strikes out swinging.

-Christian Scott strikes out swinging.

-Charlie Taylor strikes out looking.

End of Top Half.


-Justin Colon is walked on four pitches.

-Luke Mann reaches on a throwing error by Drew Beam, advances to second. Colon advances to third.

-Matt Garcia strikes out looking.

-Dalton Bargo is walked on a full count.

-Trevor Austin cracks an RBI single to third base. Bases stay loaded and Colon scores.

-Hank Zeisler pops up to SS.

-Tre Morris reaches on a fielding error by 2B as Moore drops Ahuna’s toss. Run scores on the error and bases stay loaded.

-Cam Chick ropes a two-run double to right center. Bargo and Austin score but Morris is out trying to score at home.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 0, Tigers 4

4th Inning: 


-Maui Ahuna pops up to SS.

-Christian Moore grounds out to 3B.

-Blake Burke flies out to RF.

End of Top Half.


*Pitching change: Jr. RHP Seth Halvorsen (1-1, 2.40 ERA) on to pitch for Beam*

-Ty Wilmsmeyer reaches on a fielding error by Blake Burke. Umpire rules Blake Burke’s foot was off the bag so Wilmsmeyer is safe. Play is under review. Call upheld.

-Wilmsmeyer steals second.

-Justin Colon knocks an RBI single up the middle to score Wilmsmeyer.

-Luke Mann flies out to LF.

-Colon steals second.

-Matt Garcia strikes out swinging.

-Bargo out at first 1b to p. Great effort from Blake Burke to get the diving stop.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 0, Tigers 5

5th Inning: 


-Zane Denton grounds out to SS.

-Jared Dickey is walked.

-Griffin Merritt strikes out swinging. Dickey steals second.

*Pitching change: LHP Tony Neubeck (1-0, 4.08 ERA) on to pitch for Troesser*

*Hunter Ensley pinch-hitting for Kavares Tears*

-Ensley knocks an RBI single to RF to score Dickey.

*Cal Stark pinch-hitting for Christian Scott*

-Stark HBP. Ensley advances to second.

-Runners advance on a wild pitch.

*Kyle Booker pinch-running for Stark*

-Charlie Taylor lines out to RF.

End of Top Half.


-Trevor Austin strikes out swinging.

-Hank Zeisler flies out to LF.

-Tre Morris doubles to left field.

*Pitching change: Sr. LHP Kirby Connell (1-0, 1.69 ERA) on to pitch for Halvorsen*

-Cam Chick bloops an RBI single to shallow CF to score Morris.

-Ty Wilmsmeyer strikes out swinging.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 1, Tigers 6

6th Inning: 


-Maui Ahuna strikes out swinging.

-Christian Moores strikes out swinging.

-Blake Burke is walked on four pitches.

*Pitching change: Sr. RHP Rorik Maltrud (1-0, 2.55 ERA) on to pitch for Neubeck after an apparent injury*

-Zane Denton strikes out looking.

End of Top Half.


-Justin Colon is walked.

*Pitching change: Sr. RHP Camden Sewell (0-0, 0.00 ERA) on to pitch for Connell*

-Luke Mann HBP. Colon advances to second.

-Matt Garcia HBP. Bases loaded with no outs.

-Dalton Bargo grounds into a 6-4-3 double play. Colon scores.

-Trevor Austin is walked on a full count.

-Austin steals second.

-Zeisler grounds out to 1B unassisted.

End of Bottom Half.

Score: Vols 1, Tigers 7

7th Inning: 


-Jared Dickey grounds out to SS.

-Griffin Merritt strikes out swinging.

-Hunter Ensley HBP.

-Kyle Booker strikes out looking.

Score: Vols 1, Tigers 7

FINAL: Tennessee Vols 1, Missouri Tigers 7

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