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Christian Moore Says ‘He’ll Be Good To Go’ For Season Finale After Exiting Game Two Early

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OMAHA, Neb. — Star Tennessee infielder Christian Moore exited the Vols’ 4-1 game two win over Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon.

Moore came up holding his hamstring after tagging up from first to second base on a seventh inning Blake Burke fly out. He stayed in the game for the seventh and eighth innings and then Ariel Antigua replaced him at second base for the bottom of the ninth inning.

“Just back of his leg was something that came up during Evansville,” Tennessee head coach Tony Vitello said.

“A little cramp there in the leg,” Moore said postgame. “It was hot. Played a lot of games. make sure I hydrate a little better.”

Moore was the designated hitter and didn’t play second base in game two of the Knoxville Super Regional as he battled a hurt hamstring. Antigua replaced Moore at second base late in game one against Evansville before Bradke Lohry started at second base and Moore started at designated hitter in game two. Moore returned to his normal starting spot at second base the next day.

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And while he was gimpy in the final innings of game two against Texas A&M, Moore expects to be in his usual starting spot at second base for game 73 of the season. Moore and Blake Burke are currently tied for the most games played in a single season in program history.

“I’m feeling good,” Moore said. “What is this? Game 70? I don’t know. A little banged up but I will be good to go tomorrow.”

Moore is one-of-eight at the plate with two walks over the first two games of the College World Series finals. After a poor zero-for-five night at the plate in game one, Moore bounced back with a one-for-three performance with two walks.

Over the course of the entire College World Series, Moore is nine-for-22 with two home runs and three walks. Hitting in the leadoff spot, Moore has been Tennessee’s best bat this season turning in one of the best seasons in program history.

The junior infielder enters the final game of the season hitting .378 with 33 home runs and 73 RBIs. Moore’s 33 home runs is the most from a Tennessee player in a single season in program history.

First pitch for game three of the College World Series finals is at 7 p.m. ET. ESPN is broadcasting the game.

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