The University of Tennessee baseball team blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning, then gave up a run in the 10th in a 5-4 loss Tuesday afternoon to Western Kentucky in Bowling Green.
The Vols (6-6) led 4-2 going into the ninth, and had runners on first and second with leadoff walks. But after a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up, Cody Hawn was intentionally walked and freshman Cody Stubbs and junior Josh Liles each flew out.
Western Kentucky (9-3) tied it in the ninth off freshman Nick Blount, then won it in the 10th. Sophomore left-hander Adam Adkins, who was named UT's CAREacter Star Athlete of the week, walked the leadoff hitter, then was replaced by junior Spencer Clifft, who gave up three consecutive singles.
Senior Matt Hamaker went 2-for-5 for UT, while Hawn and Khayyan Norfork each had an RBI.
The Vols scored all four runs on seven hits, all of which came with two outs.
Lost in the defeat were strong efforts from senior Aaron Tullo, sophomore Josh Allman and redshirt-freshman Hunter Daniel.
In his first start of the season, Tullo allowed just one run on one hit while striking out five and walking three in 32<0x2044>3 innings. Allman and Daniel combined to walk one and strike out one in 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
UT plays 4 p.m. EST today at Middle Tennessee State.