Vols bring out the big bats, 17-3

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.

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Comments » 11

redneckerson writes:

even a blind pig finds a teat now and then

ethanfrome writes:

If only we could play the Bisons every day.

Volunatic writes:

I'll take any good news I can get. Wilkerson will be talking about this game for the next few weeks whenever he they give him the cue to say something positive about Vol baseball.

vorangel writes:

in response to Volunatic:

I'll take any good news I can get. Wilkerson will be talking about this game for the next few weeks whenever he they give him the cue to say something positive about Vol baseball.

You don't have to cue Wilkerson. He's been raving about how much improvement has been going on since opening day.
The guy wears me out with all his insignificant and trivial numbers and facts.
He must sleep with a cliche thesaurus under his pillow.
Forget about baseball for this year. And spare yourself the agony of listening to Wilkerson. Maybe the Smokies will trump the Vols this year on the FMs.

shoalcreekvol writes:

That would be the formerly NAIA-powerhouse David Lipscomb University. NAIA.

Capt_Winters writes:

We still suck.....badly. Fire Raleigh.

bryan14 writes:

Does TR not have a 3 year contract? If so give him the 2010 season and if the Vols don't make the SEC Tournament give him the boot.

loudonloudmouth writes:

Wow we......Todd you are impressive. Your fine coaching has guided the Vols to a win over a powerhouse like Lipscomb. Too bad Lipscomb isn't playing South Doyle, they too might have a win. You never seem to amaze me with your stupid comments. Sky high over your hitting against a sub par, at best JUCO team. Give me a break. It seems your two Codys (Brown and Hawn) who have been on the field together several times this season, all of a sudden gives this team a dynamic feature that it hasn't had. You are insane. For the past two games you have sat what has become the teams spark plug and best defensive player and have split up the best duo in the middle this school has seen in years. You have lost your mind. I hope for the sake of common sense that Hammy steps in and stops this madness and saves what's left of this season.

Vols_1Always writes:

loudonloudmouth,

how many games have you actually seen? Brown is considered one of the best defensive players in the SEC and Hawn swings it like no one else. Let's see Senior Leader and best offensive player on the team in Hawn, yeah that provides no spark!!!!

loudonloudmouth writes:

in response to Vols_1Always:

loudonloudmouth,

how many games have you actually seen? Brown is considered one of the best defensive players in the SEC and Hawn swings it like no one else. Let's see Senior Leader and best offensive player on the team in Hawn, yeah that provides no spark!!!!

Darn near every game played. How many have you seen? I agree Cody Brown is by far the best THIRD BASEMAN on the team. However, since his labrum is ripped darn near in half and the season is slipping by, Raleigh decides now to play him at second base, which he is not the best. No disrespect to Brown but he can hardly throw the ball from second to frist and can't if he has to rush. Far this I stand by my previous statement that Raleigh is insane for splitting up the best duo in recent years in Ozborn and Grisham. Both of which are hitting as well are better than Brown and both lead the team in hitting in SEC play.

Vols_1Always writes:

in response to loudonloudmouth:

Darn near every game played. How many have you seen? I agree Cody Brown is by far the best THIRD BASEMAN on the team. However, since his labrum is ripped darn near in half and the season is slipping by, Raleigh decides now to play him at second base, which he is not the best. No disrespect to Brown but he can hardly throw the ball from second to frist and can't if he has to rush. Far this I stand by my previous statement that Raleigh is insane for splitting up the best duo in recent years in Ozborn and Grisham. Both of which are hitting as well are better than Brown and both lead the team in hitting in SEC play.

More than you ever hope to attend. I still disagree with you I will take leadership over the sporadic 1-4 day anytime.

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