Will Wagner had three hits in Sunday's regional final.
Postgame Press Conference
The No. 2 Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Liberty Flames 3-1 in the 2021 NCAA Knoxville, Tenn. Regional final, Sunday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Volunteers pitchers Will Heflin and Sean Huntley combined to hold the Flames to one run on five hits in the victory. Heflin and Liberty starter Fraser Ellard locked in a pitchers' duel over the first five innings.
Left fielder Drew Gilbert hit a two-run home run, his ninth of the year and his third in the last three games for the Volunteers to give them a 3-0 lead through five innings.
Flames second baseman Will Wagner led all batters in the game with three hits.
Earlier in the day, Liberty downed No. 19 Duke 14-5 to move into their second regional final in program history. The Flames finish the year with a 41-16 record. Tennessee moves to 48-16 and advances into its third Super Regional in program history and its first since 2005.
Box Score Highlights Records: Liberty (41-16); Tennessee (48-16) Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium) WP: Will Heflin (3-3) | LP: Fraser Ellard (0-1) | SV: Sean Hunley (8)
Scoring Summary TENNESSEE – 3rd INNING – Rucker singles, Ferguson scores, 1-0 TENNESSEE – 5th INNING – Gilbert homers, Ferguson scores, 3-0 LIBERTY – 6th INNING – McDyre reaches on fielder's choice, Anderson scores, 3-1
Turning Point After Tennessee upped its lead to 3-0 on center fielder Drew Gilbert's home run in the fifth, Liberty scored on its first run of the night on a fielder's choice and put two runners on with no one out in the top of the sixth. Volunteers left-hander Will Heflin battled the Flames designated hitter Brady Gulakowski over a 13-pitch at bat, before retiring the designated hitter for the first out. Tennessee then went to the bullpen and brought in reliever Sean Hunley, who ended the threat by retiring the next two batters.
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