Tennessee Homers Its Way To College World Series

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Tennessee Vols are on their way to Omaha after homers flew out of the Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Vols bashed LSU 15-6 to win the Super Regional in two games.

Tennessee built a nine-run cushion before Tre Morgan and Brody Drost hit two-run bombs to cut the lead to 11-6 in the seventh.

But the Vols kept on scoring before an adoring crowd in Knoxville.

The six home runs by the Vols broke a record of five that Liberty set just eight days ago for the most in a single NCAA Tournament game. LSU had four homers in the game.

Tennessee's Jake Rucker and LSU's Dylan Crews hit two home runs each to start the slugfest. Tennessee also got home runs from Evan Russell (14 for the year); Connor Pavolony (7 for the year); Jordan Beck (15) and Drew Gilbert (10).

Rucker had five RBIs, while Pavolony and Beck had three each.

It was the first time LSU had been beaten five times in a season since Mississippi State did it in 1984.

It was a heart-breaker for Paul Maineiri, one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history who was in his final game. He was visibly emotional as the final outs were recorded.

Across the way, Tony Vitello, who has built this exciting squad, was celebrating with his ecstatic players.

It will be the first College World Series appearance for Tennessee since 2005.

One wag said Tennessee baseball in one game had scored more than the football team had against the Tigers since 2006.

 


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