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Vols’ baseball pitch stumbles, UT falls to Vandy

Tennessee coach Tony Vitello, left, encourages his players in the fifth inning of an NCAA College Baseball Tournament Super Regional game against Southern Mississippi, Sunday, June 11, 2023, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The game was a continuation of Saturday’s game that was called off due to weather concerns. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solís)

HOOVER, Ala. (WATE) – Tennessee pitching couldn’t stop Vanderbilt’s offense, allowing 15 hits in a 13-4 loss to the Commodores.

Tennessee struck first with Hunter Ensley’s RBI double in the second inning, but the game quickly turned in the third. Vandy scored five runs in the third inning capped by a three-run home run by Alan Espinal.

Vandy added another run in the fourth inning. Tennessee had hope in the bottom half of the frame when Reese Champan hit his sixth home run of the season. The Vols were only down 6-4.

The Commodores delivered the dagger in the seventh inning. Espinal sent his second home run of the game over the right-center field wall. Vandy added three more runs in the eighth inning. Jonathan Vastine hit a home run just inside the right field foul pole.

Tennessee only managed five hits. Three of them were extra-base hits.

Nate Snead started his first game of the season. He allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. The sophomore falls to 8-2 on the season. Six of the eight Tennessee pitchers who saw action gave up at least one run.

UNTIL NEXT TIME: The Vols will face either Texas A&M or Mississippi State in an elimination game on Thursday. The game will begin 30 minutes after the game between Alabama and Kentucky ends.