Tennessee twice led against LSU Friday night. Neither lead last longer than a half inning as the Tigers’ offense outlasted the Vols for a 6-4 series clinching victory at Alex Box Stadium Friday night.
Simple mistakes cost the Vols again in game two as a pair of dropped pop ups and a pick off proved crucial in the two-run loss. Tennessee’s offense had competitive at-bats and hit three home runs but failed to capitalize on a pair of game changing opportunities.
Here’s everything Tennessee coach Tony Vitello said after the loss.
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“Yeah, you got Burnsy out there battling. His schedule has been a little erratic, so I don’t know that the stuff was electric has it has been the last two weekends, but it’s still Chase Burns stuff and he competed. On defense, if you look at it, like the one pop up where guys couldn’t hear each other communicating, there were some plays we could have made and there were some great plays we made out in the field. The SportsCenter ones are nice, but all we’re looking to do is make the average play consistently. We probably could have done that better on a couple of occasions.”
On Andrew Lindsey’s performance out of the bullpen
“You could interchange him (Lindsey) and (Seth Halvorsen). And to be honest with you, Chase and Doe. You’ve got four guys that are capable of being SEC weekend starters. We’re fortunate. They can go long or long-relief if you want to call it that and have good stuff throughout the whole deal. I think Lindsey got up to his highest pitch count of the season.”
On his message to the team after dropping the series to LSU
“Keep going. Keep going. If you don’t want to keep going, then don’t sign up for baseball. But keep going into Sunday with what we’ve had going on. Obviously there’s areas of improvement, but we’re not going to practice five times before tomorrow’s game. You gotta come prepared and you gotta play. And there’s some mental adjustments that can be made, but otherwise, you have to hook it up for an entire weekend and fight and scratch and claw to get something before we get out of here.”