The stage was set for the Tennessee baseball team in the 11th inning.
With one out, Chris Pierce had just walked after facing a full count, and one of UT's best hitters in Drew Steckenrider was up to bat.
Steckenrider didn't need to do anything to help the winning run to come in, though.
Three consecutive wild pitches from Seton Hall's Ryan Harvey were all the Vols needed to win 3-2 and clinch the series Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
"I've definitely been in a game that ended on a wild pitch, but not three in a row," Pierce said. "It was crazy we could end it that way."
Harvey, the Pirates' (2-4) projected starter for today's series finale, entered the game in the ninth inning. He struck out three and didn't allow a hit, but his third walk — to Pierce — and the following chaos allowed UT (6-0) to walk away the winner.
That wasn't the only run Seton Hall (2-4) gifted Tennessee on a day when the Vols got five hits, matching their error count. Chris Fritts tied the game for the Vols at 2-2 in the seventh when he advanced to third base on a wild pitch, then made it home after a bad throw to third from the catcher.
"There were a lot of situations in that game that we were able to overcome," said UT coach Dave Serrano "The breaks went our way late in the game. We'll take it any way we can."
Zack Godley didn't get the win, but pitched six innings, recording a career-high seven strikeouts while giving up a walk, three hits and his first earned run of the season. Farragut High School graduate Nick Williams picked up the victory in 2 1-3 innings of relief.
In between the eighth and ninth innings, there was a scuffle between the coaching staffs, which had to be broken up by the umpires. Serrano said a Seton Hall player said something "disrespectful" to assistant coach Greg Bergeron as he walked across the field. When Bergeron stared the player down, a Seton Hall assistant reacted, and the jawing ensued.
"Me and (Seton Hall) Coach (Rob) Sheppard talked about it after the game. I apologized to him, he apologized to me," said Serrano. "It was just the heat of the moment, an emotional time."
It was the second extra-inning game this week for the Vols. They beat Western Kentucky 8-7 in 13 innings on Tuesday.
"It's great to get that experience early on, especially for the younger guys to get accustomed to battling in the clutch like that," Pierce said.