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Tennessee Tops Liberty, 7-1

February 26, 2019  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Will Wagner

Will Wagner

The Tennessee Volunteers remained unbeaten on the year, snapping the Liberty Flames' four-game winning streak with a 7-1 victory, Tuesday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Third baseman Andrew Lipcius' two-out grand slam in the fifth inning began a string of seven unanswered runs for Tennessee.

Led by starter Sean Huntley, five Volunteer pitchers limited the Flames to three hits in the contest. Liberty second baseman Will Wagner had two of Liberty's hits.

Liberty drops to 5-3 on the season. Tennessee moves to 8-0.  

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (5-3); Tennessee (8-0)
Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium)
Attendance: 1,398
WP: Sean Huntley (2-0) | LP: Mason Meyer (1-2)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Baughman flies out, Rohrer scores, 1-0
TENN – 5th INNING – A. Lipcius homers, Charleston, Ammons and Martinez score, 4-1
TENN – 6th INNING – Martinez singles, Soulaire scores, 5-1
TENN – 6th INNING – Ammons doubles, L. Lipcius and Martinez score, 7-1

Notable Numbers
- Tennessee outhit Liberty, 9-3. The Volunteers committed the game's lone error.

- Six of Tennessee's seven runs came with two outs.

- Liberty's lone run came in the first inning. The Flames have scored a run in the first inning in four out of their eight contests.

- Wagner had two hits. The second baseman leads Liberty with four multi-hit games.

- The Volunteers Lipcius' grand slam was his first home run of the year.

- Right fielder Justin Ammons and shortstop Ricky Martinez had three hits apiece for Tennessee.

Turning Point
Held scoreless through the first four innings by Liberty left-hander Mason Meyer, the Volunteers took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. After loading the bases with two outs, Lupcius lifted a home run over the left field wall for a 4-1 advantage.

Beyond the Box Score
- Today's contest was the first meeting between Liberty and Tennessee on the baseball diamond since 1977. The Liberty baseball team was only in its third year as a program.

- Tennessee is the last Southeastern Conference team the Flames are scheduled to face this season. Four of Liberty's first eight games were against SEC opponents, as the Flames opened 2019 at South Carolina.

- Liberty first baseman Logan Mathieu walked in the contest. He is the only Flame to reach base in every game this season.

- Tennessee entered the contest with a 0.57 ERA. The Volunteers had only allowed four runs in their first seven games.

Up Next
The Flames return home to Liberty Baseball Stadium to host a three-game series against the Maine Black Bears, this weekend. The series gets underway on Friday at 3 p.m.