Extra-inning win for Vols' baseball not in the cards against UNLV

The University of Tennessee baseball team extended its time in Las Vegas on Sunday, but a win over UNLV wasn't in the cards.

In just the sixth game of 14 innings or more in UT history, UNLV's Joey Swanner hit a two-out walk-off single to propel the Rebels to a 3-2 victory.

The Vols drop to 1-3 after its season-opening series with UNLV. The losses were by a combined three runs.

"We get back on the plane and we aren't proud of being 1-3, but we knew it wasn't going to be easy," UT coach Dave Serrano said. "We have a lot of work to do, but I will say this as the coach of a 1-3 team right now. I wish a lot of people from the Knoxville area could have seen how hard we played this weekend because they would be very proud."

UNLV took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, and Rebels' starter Mark Shannon no-hit the Vols through six innings.

Tennessee tied the game in the seventh when a double by Pierce Bily brought home Christin Stewart who reached on a triple.

After building a 2-1 lead, the Vols were unable to close out the game in the ninth. Two outs away from a series split, reliever Trevor Charpie gave up an RBI double to tie the game at 2.

Nick Williams relieved Charpie and got UT out of the jam to force extras.

Vincent Jackson (0-1) took the loss after entering in the 14th inning and allowing Swanner's winning hit.

Freshman Aaron Quillen got the start for the Vols and allowed a solid one run over five innings.

Bily led UT with three hits.

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Banner writes:

I'm tired of hearing how hard we play. They are supposed to play hard for the Orange. People from the Knoxville area will be proud when you can beat a sub par program like UNLV. I guess losing 3 one run games is a moral victory. Dooley had a lot of moral victories. Coach DS quit talking about being young etc. Kentucky won it all with freshmen. It looks like you have some good players. Keep coaching them and quit making excuses. Everything you say is so politically correct. Sounds like you are trying to get an extension.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Another tough one... But with something like 14 (or was it 17?, can't recall) first timers making appearances this weekend losing three 1 run games is understandable.

With all that in experience, 4 games on the road in Vegas and then a weekend with ASU will serve this young team well down the road.

Chins up young bloods!

Go BaseVOLS!

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