Tennessee Baseball vs. Vanderbilt Score, Updates, SEC Tournament Semifinals

Infielder Ariel Antigua through the sport between Bowling Inexperienced and Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Picture By Cayce Smith/Tennessee Athletics

SCORE: Tennessee 6, Vanderbilt 4 | FINAL


Prime-ranked Tennessee baseball (48-11, 22-8 SEC) is about to battle Vanderbilt (38-20, 13-17 SEC) Saturday night in sport 16 of the SEC Match. The matchup serves as every workforce’s fourth sport in Hoover.

First pitch in Hoover Met is presently scheduled for about 6:10 p.m. ET on the SEC Community.

This can be Tennessee’s second matchup towards Vanderbilt within the match and fifth total this season. The Vols are 2-2 towards the ‘Dores this season, having gained video games one and two of a three-game collection in Nashville earlier than dropping sport three of the collection together with Wednesday’s sport in Hoover. Subsequently, Saturday’s sport will break the tie and can doubtless be the ultimate time the 2 sides sq. off.

Tennessee enters Saturday’s matchup coming off a 6-5 win over No. 15 and 5-seed Mississippi State on Friday evening. Outdoors of a 5-run inning from the Bulldogs within the fifth, Tennessee shutout Mississippi State. After falling behind 5-3 within the fifth, Tennessee was capable of mount the comeback and win the thriller, marking its second straight victory within the match.

The Vols additionally beat 4-seed Texas A&M, 7-4, on Thursday. Ever since dropping to 8-seed Vanderbilt, 13-4, of their first sport on Wednesday, each sport Tennessee’s performed has been an elimination sport. Saturday is not any completely different, because the match is in its single elimination semifinals stage.

For recaps of every of Tennessee’s video games to date this week in Hoover, click on the hyperlinks beneath.

RECAP: Vols’ midweek pitching method ends in ugly loss to Vanderbilt
RECAP: Vols glide previous A&M to remain alive in Hoover
RECAP: Tennessee outlasts Mississippi State in thriller

Vanderbilt enters Saturday’s matchup coming off a slender 4-3 win over Mississippi State on late Thursday evening. The win gave the Commodores three straight wins in Hoover and a break day on Friday. Vanderbilt is considered one of two groups that haven’t misplaced in Hoover this week (LSU).

The winner of Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt will face off towards LSU Sunday within the SEC Match Championship.

Previous to Hoover, the Vols swept South Carolina in Knoxville that in the end gave them a share of the SEC common season crown with Kentucky. Moreover, the collection sweep gave Tennessee the No. 1 total seed within the SEC Match.

Learn extra about Tennessee successful the SEC right here.

BROUHAHA: What Tony Vitello, Tennessee Gamers Stated About Fifth-Inning Kerfuffle vs. Mississippi State
TRANSCRIPT: Tony Vitello Discusses Thrilling SEC Match Victory Towards Mississippi State
Harm Be aware

One of the vital necessary storylines of the week is that in Tennessee’s loss to Vanderbilt on Wednesday, star sophomore pitcher AJ Russell returned to motion after almost a two-month lengthy absence. He bounced again after permitting a pair of baserunners to report a scoreless inning on 22 pitches.

There’s a probability Russell pitches Saturday towards Vanderbilt given the Vols’ lack of remaining pitching depth.

RETURN: AJ Russell is again for Tennessee

For all of RTI’s baseball protection to date this season, together with RTI’s INSTANT response to Tennessee’s win over Texas A&M, click on right here.

For the most recent RTI Press Go baseball podcast, click on right here.

Extra From RTI: Tennessee Baseball vs. Vanderbilt SEC Match Semifinals: How To Watch, What To Know
VIDEO: Tony Vitello, Drew Beam, Blake Burke Talk about SEC Match Win Over Mississippi State

Lineups, pitching matchup and extra pre-game notes are beneath, adopted by the LIVE at-bat by at-bat sport thread.

Beginning Lineups


2B Christian Moore (R)

1B Blake Burke (L)

DH Billy Amick (R)

LF Dylan Dreiling (L)

CF Hunter Ensley (R)

RF Kavares Tears (L)

C Cannon Peebles (S)

3B Dalton Bargo (L)

SS Ariel Antigua (R)

Lineup Notes:
  • A number of modifications within the lineup.
  • Antigua beginning at quick after impressing defensively – as he at all times does – within the ninth inning vs. MS State on Friday.
    • First SEC begin for Antigua because the Georgia collection. sixth begin of the season (third SEC).
  • Cannon will get his first begin at catcher in an SEC sport since April 13 towards LSU.
  • Dalton Bargo dealing with 3B duties, Amick strikes to DH.
  • NO Dean Curley OR Reese Chapman after each had huge nights on the plate on Friday. Chapman has been nice this week total.


SS Jonathan Vastine (L)

3B Davis Diaz (R)

2B RJ Austin (R)

C Alan Espinal (R)

DH Colin Barczi (R)

RF Matthew Polk (R)

1B Braden Holcomb (R)

LF Jack Bulger (R)

CF Calvin Hewett (R)

Pitching Matchup:

Vols Sr. LHP Zander Sechrist (2-1, 4.01 ERA, 15 app., 14 begins, 49.1 IP, 51 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 10 BB, 52 Ok, 12 XBH, .271 opp. batting avg., 1.24 WHIP)


Commodores Fr. LHP Ethan McElvain (1-2, 3.38 ERA, 10 app., 3 begins, 24.0 IP, 19 H, 13 R, 9 Er, 14 BB, 28 Ok, 9 XBH, .226 opp. batting avg.)

Pitching notes:
  • No shock that Sechrist is beginning. Sechrist is the one considered one of Tennessee’s 13 pitchers that traveled to not throw an inning but within the match.
    • Sechrist obtained scorching within the bullpen Friday evening, so he could not be capable to go so long as he usually would if he’s on.
    • Count on a bullpen sport from the Vols much like Wednesday. Tennessee will in all probability need to win this sport with their offense and might have double-digit runs to make it to the SEC Match championship sport on Sunday.
  • McElvain is making his first look since April 14 as he’s been coping with an harm he sustained whereas warming as much as face Florida on April 20. McElvain was the primary midweek starter for Vandy within the month of March.
    • This can be McElvain’s first SEC begin of the season and third time seeing motion in an SEC sport. McElvain has pitched 5.0 innings towards SEC groups and has given up 6 H, 6 R, 2 ER and three BB whereas placing out 7. All of McElvain’s allowed runs got here towards Texas A&M when he pitched 1.2 innings towards the Aggies.

Tennessee: Orange tops, gray pants

Vanderbilt: All whites with black caps and gold accents


  • There IS a RUN-RULE at present. If Tennessee or Vanderbilt leads by 10 or extra runs within the seventh inning or later, the sport is OVER.
    • The run-rule is MANDATORY in SEC play.
  • Tennessee is the ROAD workforce, as a result of Tennessee has been the street workforce LESS than Vanderbilt.

1st Inning: 


-Christian Moore smacks a stand-up double to right-center.

-Blake Burke works a stroll.

-Billy Amick strikes out swinging.

-Dylan Dreiling pops as much as 1B.

-Hunter Ensley pops as much as SS in shallow LF.



-Jonathan Vastine singles up the center.

-Davis Diaz strikes out swinging.

Vastine steals second.

  • Not the perfect throw from Cannon Peebles to attempt to catch him stealing.

-RJ Austin strikes out swinging.

-Alan Espinal flies out to CF.


Rating: Vols 0, Commodores 0

2nd Inning: 


*Pitching change: RHP Brennan Seiber (3-0, 4.58 ERA) on to pitch for McElvain*

-Kavares Tears flies out to LF.

-Cannon Peebles strikes out trying.

-Dalton Bargo slaps a single to left middle.

-Ariel Antigua strikes out swinging on three pitches.



Blake Burke simply front-flipped into the Vanderbilt dugout going for a foul ball. Didn’t catch it. He’s completely nice.

-Colin Barczi strikes out swinging.

-Matthew Polk singles up the center.

-Braden Holcomb strikes out swinging.

-Jack Bulger grounds out to P.

  • Arduous-hit floor ball smacked Zander within the leg, however he was nonetheless capable of make the play. He’s nice.


Rating: Vols 0, Commodores 0

third Inning: 


-Christian Moore grounds out to 2B.

-Blake Burke grounds out to SS.

-Billy Amick grounds out to SS.

  • Arduous-hit ball, however an important play by Vandy SS Jonathan Vastine to stop it from going within the outfield. Undoubtedly one of many higher hit balls by Amick this week.



-Calvin Hewett strikes out trying.

-Jonathan Vastine fouls out to 3B.

-Davis Diaz flies out to RF.


Rating: Vols 0, Commodores 0

4th Inning: 


-Dylan Dreiling doubles to left-center.

-Hunter Ensley reaches on a throwing error by SS. Dreiling advances to 3rd, scores on the error. Ensley stays put at first.

  • Throw was too low and went again to the Vanderbilt dugout permitting Dreiling to simply rating.

-Kavares Tears sends a single up the center. Ensley advances to 3rd.

-Cannon Peebles knocks a sac fly to LF.

-Dalton Bargo flies out to LF.

Tears steals second.

-Ariel Antigua strikes out swinging.



-RJ Austin flies out to the warning monitor in right-center.

-Alan Espinal works a stroll.

-Colin Barczi traces right into a double play to 1B, unassisted.


Rating: Vols 2, Commodores 0

fifth Inning: 


*Pitching change: RHP Luke Guth (1-1, 4.41 ERA) on to pitch for Seiber*

-Christian Moore bloops a double into proper discipline.

  • Dropped in no man’s land.

-Blake Burke singles to LF. Moore advances to 3rd.

-Billy Amick pops as much as 2B in shallow proper middle.

-Dylan Dreiling strikes out swinging.

Burke steals second.

-Hunter Ensley grounds out to 2B.



-Matthew Polk singles up the center.

-Braden Holcomb smokes a two-run homer to LF.

  • Simply stored crusing. Regarded prefer it’d be a fly out to left at first. Nevertheless it obtained out of the park. Wall-scraper to tie it.

-Jack Bulger grounds out to 2B.

-Calvin Hewett reaches on a fielding error by SS.

  • Actually hard-hit ball that Antigua bobbled. Wouldn’t have been shocked if it was dominated a single.

-Jonathan Vastine flies out to RF. Hewett advances to second.

-Davis Diaz grounds out to 2B.


Rating: Vols 2, Commodores 2

sixth Inning: 


-Kavares Tears smokes a leadoff single off the primary baseman’s glove.

-Cannon Peebles rips a single to proper discipline. Tears advances to 3rd.

-Dalton Bargo sends a sac fly to deep right-center to attain Tears. Peebles stays put at first.

*Dean Curley pinch-hitting for Ariel Antigua*

-Dean Curley fouls out to deep RF. Peebles advances to second.

  • Nice sliding catch by Matthew Polk.

-Christian Moore crushes a two-run homer off the highest of the batter’s eye.

  • twenty eighth HR for Moore on the season, extending his program single-season and profession report whole.
  • 441 toes. 113 mph. Longest HR of the match to date, per the published.

-Blake Burke flies out to CF.



*Curley to SS*

-RJ Austin flies out to the warning monitor in left-center.

-Alan Espinal flies out to LF.

  • Nice diving catch by Dreiling to rob Espinal of successful.

-Colin Barczi grounds out to 2B.

  • Third 1-2-3 inning at present for Zander. He’s shoving.


Rating: Vols 5, Commodores 2

seventh Inning: 


*Pitching change: RHP David Horn Jr. (0-0, 10.57 ERA) on to pitch for Guth*

-Billy Amick flies out to CF.

  • One other well-hit ball from Billy. Simply obtained caught up in deep middle.

-Dylan Dreiling works a stroll.

-Hunter Ensley grounds out to 2B. Dreiling advances to second.

  • Good play by RJ Austin. Needed to slide to his aspect to make the play.

-Kavares Tears grounds out to SS.



*Pitching change: So. RHP Marcus Phillips (0-0, 4.70 ERA) on to pitch for Sechrist*

  • Phenomenal day from Sechrist. Tied a profession excessive 6.0 IP and allowed 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB with 5 Ok. 57 strikes on 80 whole pitches.

-Matthew Polk strikes out swinging.

-Braden Holcomb strikes out swinging.

-Jack Bulger traces out to RF.

  • Incredible diving catch by Kavares Tears. And improbable 1-2-3 inning from Marcus Phillips. Two diving catches at present from UT’s nook outfielders.


Rating: Vols 5, Commodores 2

eighth Inning: 


-Cannon Peebles singles to LF.

-Dalton Bargo works a stroll.

-Dean Curley bunts the runners over with a sac bunt to P. Out at first.

*Pitching change: Fr. RHP Alex Kranzler (0-1, 4.11 ERA) on to pitch for Horn*

-Christian Moore strikes out swinging.

-Blake Burke deliberately walked.

  • Bases loaded for Billy Amick.

Peebles scores on a wild pitch. Bargo and Burke advance on the wild pitch.

-Billy Amick strikes out swinging.



-Calvin Hewett ropes a triple down the RF line.

  • Landed proper on the road.

-Jonathan Vastine knocks a sac fly to LF.

-Davis Diaz strikes out swinging.

-RJ Austin tattoos a double to left-center.

Austin steals third.

-Alan Espinal works a stroll.

*Jayden Davis pinch-hitting for Colin Barczi*

-Jayden Davis is walked on 4 pitches.

  • Bases loaded with two outs for Matthew Polk.

*JD Rogers pinch-running for Jayden Davis*

-Matthew Polk grounds out to P to strand ’em loaded.


Rating: Vols 6, Commodores 3

ninth Inning: 


-Dylan Dreiling flies out to RF.

-Hunter Ensley traces out to RF.

  • Good semi-diving catch by Matthew Polk.

-Kavares Tears strikes out trying.



-Braden Holcomb singles to right-center.

-Jack Bulger slaps a single to proper discipline. Holcomb advances to second.

*Jacob Humphrey pinch-running for Bulger*

Runners advance to second and third on a wild pitch.

-Calvin Hewett pops as much as 2B.

-Jonathan Vastine drills a sac fly to deep left-center.

-Davis Diaz flies out to CF.


Rating: Vols 6, Commodores 4


FINAL: Tennessee Vols 6, Vanderbilt Commodores 4