Logan Mathieu had two hits and an RBI, Saturday.
Postgame Press Conference
The No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers eased past the Liberty Flames, 9-3, in Game 4 of the NCAA Knoxville, Tenn. Regional, Saturday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the setback, Liberty drops into an elimination game against the Duke Blue Devils, tomorrow at 2 p.m. Regional host Tennessee will meet the winner of Liberty and Duke later in the day with a chance to move on to a Super Regional.
Tennessee never trailed in the game, hitting five home runs to jump out to a 7-0 advantage over the first three innings. All-SEC first team shortstop Liam Spence had three hits, two home runs and four RBI, while first baseman Luc Lipcius also hit two solo home runs and scored three times for the Volunteers.
Held scoreless through the first five innings, Liberty broke through in the sixth inning for three runs with two out. Flames first baseman Logan Mathieu, who had two hits in the contest, plated a run in the inning with an RBI single. Left fielder Aaron Anderson also had two hits for the Flames, both doubles.
Liberty falls to 40-15 on the year. Tennessee ups its record to 47-16.
Box Score Highlights Records: Liberty (40-15); Tennessee (47-16) Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium) WP: Blake Tidwell (9-3) | LP: Dylan Cumming (4-3) | SV: Camden Sewell (2)
Scoring Summary TENN – 1st INNING – Spence homers, 1-0 TENN – 2nd INNING – Lipcius homers, 2-0 TENN – 2nd INNING – Spence homers, Pavolony and Derkay score, 5-0 TENN – 3rd INNING – Gilbert homers, 6-0 TENN – 3rd INNING – Lipcius homers, 7-0 LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wilson reaches on throwing error, McDyre scores, 7-1 LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Mathieu singles advances to second on error, Wilson and Gulakowski score, 7-3 TENN – 8th INNING – Derkay singles, Lipcius and Gilbert score, 9-3
Turning Point Trailing 7-3 in the seventh, the Flames looked to rally. Gray Betts doubled and left fielder Aaron Anderson walked to open the inning. After going to the bullpen, Volunteers right-hander Camden Sewell struck out the next Liberty batter and then ended the inning by inducing a double play to hold Tennessee's lead.
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