Tennessee baseball run rules Alabama A&M in midweek battle


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Tennessee baseball made easy work of Alabama A&M in a midweek battle Tuesday night. The Vols extended their winning streak to three games when they defeated the Bulldogs 20-2 in seven innings at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

It was a classic midweek baseball game on a cloudy Tuesday evening. Here's how the Vols did it.

A classic bullpen midweek game

It was a classic Johnny Wholestaff day for Tennessee's pitching staff, as the Vols used seven different pitchers in the seven-inning game.

Freshman LHP Dylan Loy got the start and allowed a one-out single before exiting the inning by striking out the next two batters. Sophomore RHP JJ Garcia was dominant in the second inning as he struck out two batters while also retiring the team in order.

Junior college transfer Marcus Phillips ran into some trouble in the third inning when he walked two batters but worked his way out of the jam.

Freshman left-handed pitcher Matthew Dallas had the worst night of any Tennessee pitcher, allowing two earned runs on two hits in the fourth inning. The talented newcomer actually managed to get a runner in the points standings.

Freshmen Austin Hunley, Luke Payne and Brady Robertson each pitched scoreless innings, and Robertson was particularly impressive, striking out two batters in a 1-2-3 inning.

A number of Tennessee players see action

Tony Vitello, another midweek baseball star, emptied his dugout and worked as a position player against Alabama A&M. In fact, Tennessee used 16 different players on the field against the Bulldogs.

What was unique was how quickly Tennessee brought its substitutes into the game. By the bottom of the third inning, Vitello had already replaced five position player starters and sent several players into the pinch run after the starter's second or third at-bat.

With a number of different players taking part in the at-bats, 12 Volumes recorded a hit and all 16 Volumes that had plate appearances reached base.

Outfielder Colby Backus had a nice night, hitting a two-run home run, reaching base twice on balls and recording an outfield assist on a throw to third base. Catcher Cannon Peebles also had a solid night at the plate, going one-of-one with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and two RBIs. Freshman infielder Camden Bates hit a three-run home run into the left field porch while drawing a walk.

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A Bulldog Walk Show

In a third trend common in midweek baseball, Alabama A&M's pitchers struggled to find the strike zone against the Vols' lineup.

The Alabama A&M pitching staff combined to walk 13 batters and strike out five more. Six of the Vols' runs came on plays other than hits or sac flies, including three walks, one hit-by-pitch, one passed ball and one balk. Freshman infielder Bradke Lohry, who earned the start as designated hitter, had two RBI walks.

It was an equal opportunity walk show for Alabama A&M, with three of four Bulldog pitchers totaling at least four walks. Trey Scott led the way with five walks in an inning

Tennessee had seven runs in three innings on just three hits and scored 20 runs on just 12 total hits over the course of the game.

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Tennessee Baseball hosts LSU this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a three-game series. First pitch for Friday night's series opener takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET.