Tennessee finally put a complete game together in its 17-3 victory over Lipscomb on Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Vols (13-20, 1-11 SEC) combined a 17-run, 19-hit effort offensively with a three-run, seven-hit performance defensively.
"That was a good one. It was good to swing the bats like we did tonight," coach Todd Raleigh said. "You get Cody Brown and Cody Hawn in there at the same time and the dynamics of our team are so different, we're a totally different team. We're a lot more offensive."
Nine Vols came to the plate as part of a five-run first inning. Tennessee got RBI singles from Tyler Horne and Cody Brown to get on the scoreboard. Charley Thurber followed with a two-out, three-run home run with runners on the corners.
Brown and Hawn combined to go4-for-7, with two RBIs and two runs scored.
The home run was Thurber's fourth of the season, bringing his RBI total to 11.
"It was good to get up there and do something good for the team. It's been a while, to say the least," Thurber said. "It felt really good, I just used my hands and the ball went out."
The hot bats continued in the third inning when the Vols posted six runs on five hits. P.J. Polk had a two-run single, scoring Brown and Thurber. Kentrail Davis, Hawn and Blake Forsythe each added an RBI to build the Vols' lead to 11-0.
Ty'Relle Harris (3-2) picked up the win for the Vols and silenced Lipscomb to only one earned run on three hits in five innings of work.
Steven Gruver, Dylan Hochever and Matt Ramsey combined to pitch three innings of hitless ball, each pitching an inning, respectively. Freshman Josh Allman gave up two earned runs on four hits in his only inning of work.
"It was good to see us not just scoring run, but how we scored runs. A lot of big hits, a lot of guys who did the right things that we were trying to do," Raleigh said.
"Cody Brown was huge tonight, Charlie Thurber got the big hit (a three-run home run) . . . Ty'Relle pitched really good, he set the tone for us."
". . . We believe this is going to be the game that puts us over the bump for good," Thurber said. "We've kind of been up and down but we're excited, we needed that spark. We want to go into Mississippi State and take three (games) and from there on we'll be back in it."
Tennessee tacked on four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Andy Shuford, Jared Frazier, Jeff Lockwood and Mike Hornsby each had an RBI.
Sophomore Josh Liles hit his seventh home run, a solo shot, in the fifth inning.
The Vols will attempt to snap a nine-game SEC game losing streak against Mississippi State at home this weekend. First pitch of the three-game series is Friday at 7 p.m.