Tennessee baseball coach Todd Raleigh knew Tuesday night's game against visiting Presbyterian College looked like a trap game on the schedule.
His team got trapped.
Starter Steven Richardson did his part for the Blue Hose, scattering five hits and three runs over eight innings as Presbyterian beat Tennessee 10-6 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
"I knew coming in this was going to be our toughest game of the year midweek," Raleigh said. "It was a trap game. We got back at 3 a.m. (Monday morning), play a Thursday night ESPN game (this week against South Carolina). Not able to practice yesterday because of NCAA rules."
It was a quick turnaround for UT after getting swept by No. 4 Florida on the road over the weekend. Another quick turnaround awaits for the Vols (19-11. 2-7 SEC), who host No. 3 South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (TV: ESPNU).
Presbyterian didn't give the Vols a break with Richardson on the mound.
"They threw their No. 1 (Richardson), who beat Clemson, threw a one-hitter last week," Raleigh said. "I knew it was going to be tough. It was a trap game and we fell in the trap."
Designated hitter Brad Zebedis had a pair of doubles, a single, an RBI and two runs for Presbyterian (18-11 Big South). Richardson moved to 4-2 on the season, helping Presbyterian remain undefeated in midweek games while handing Tennessee its first midweek loss of the season.
Zach Osborne had a pair of singles and an RBI as Tennessee lost its fourth game in a row.
'It was one of those dull nights, I guess, a midweek game," Osborne said. "We know we're a better team than they were, we just couldn't get anything rolling."
Raleigh used eight pitchers on the night. Starter Jon Reed (1-1) took the loss after pitching three innings and giving up a pair of runs on four hits. Carter Watson gave up three runs in two innings and Drew Steckenrider gave up three runs in 1/3 inning.
Presbyterian's Nick Ferguson gave up three runs in the ninth before closer Chandler Knox put an end to the Vols' rally.
"I think our team needs to come together a little more," Osborne said. "I think some of our players are playing kind of tight. (We) just need to play loose and play our game."
Grant Ramey is a freelance contributor.