Tears, Pitching Staff Lead Vols To 2nd Straight College World Series Victory

  • Sunday, June 16, 2024

Kavares Tears slammed a three-run homerun and three Vol pitchers dominated as Tennessee went 2-0 in the College World Series with a 6-1 win over North Carolina.

The game was scoreless going into the bottom of the fourth with Carolina's Shea Sprague and Vol Drew Beam dealing. The Vol effort was aided by Hunter Ensley's hard-charging catch at the center field fence. Ensley afterward left the game related to the play that left some of his eye black on the wall.

Then Tears batted one over the right field fence with Blake Burke and Dylan Dreiling aboard.

Reese Chapman went long in the fifth inning to build the lead to 4-0.

Tar Heel star Vance Honeycutt delivered a home run in the top of the sixth, but Tennessee shortstop Dean Curley got it back with a single toward second base that plated Colby Backus, who had replaced Ensley.

The final Tennessee score came on another Tears hit to right that brought home Billy Amick, who had walked.

Beam (9-2) pitched into the sixth inning, the mustached Kirby Connell bailed him out. Hard-throwing Nate Snead finished it off.



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