Tennessee wins and lives to see another game

Vols route Notre Dame 12-4 in game two of the Knoxville Super Regional
Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 1:05 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Saturday is a must-win for the Tennessee Vols, otherwise their 2022 campaign ends in game two of the Knoxville Super Regional against Notre Dame.

In the bottom off the ninth, Mark McLaughlin struck out Tony Lindwedel, Brooks Coetzaa walked then advanced to second after a ground out from Zack Prajzner.

Tennessee wins game two 12-4. First pitch for game three is slated for 1:06p.m..

In the top of the ninth, Logan Steenstra pinch hit for Luc Lipcius and flied out to center field. Cortland Lawson walked (3-2 BKFBBB) and Seth Stephenson popped out to second base (3-2 BSBKFB) then Jorel Ortega grounds out to second base (3-2 KBBSB).

Tennessee led Notre Dame 12-4 heading into the final frame.

Vol’s Mark McLaughlin gave up two runs on two hits in the eighth inning, 12-4 UT led.

Chase Dollander pitched seven complete innings, striking out five batters. Doe gave up two runs on five hits. Mark McLaughlin came in for relief in the eighth inning where Tennessee led 12-2.

Tennessee struck again in the seventh inning plating three more runs to put the Vols ahead of the Irish 12-2.

The Vols came alive in the fifth inning. Tennessee’s Luc Lipcius entered the batter’s box twice in the same inning. In his second appearance, he had two runners on and blasted a pitch from Jackson Dennies to the porches for his second home run of the inning. His 3RBI pushed the Vols to a 9-0 lead.

Lipcius became the first Vol since 2006 to have multiple home runs in the same inning and just the third ever Vol to do so. It also marked his 39th career home run, and he tied Evan Russell for the program record in career homers

Tennessee tied their runs scored of six in game one, in the fifth inning of game two. Thanks in part to a five run fifth inning. Evan Russell crushed a solo shot out to the left field porches to extend Tennessee’s lead to 6-0. That was the third home run of the fifth inning for the Vols.

After this run Notre Dame pulled their starting pitcher, John Michael Bertrand.

Bertrand gave up six runs on eight hits, struck out four of 23 batters faced and pitched 4.2 innings.

Jordan Beck also went yard in the top of the fifth with two on and one out. Beck ripped a pitch from John Michael Bertrand deep to left field out to the porches for a 3-run home run. This marked Beck’s 18 home run of the second. Vol took a 5-0 lead in the fifth.

Luc Lipcius reignited the scoring for the Vols in the top of the fifth with a solo home run beyond the batter’s eye to advance Tennessee to a 2-0 lead.

Chase Dollander tossed a fourth straight shutout inning. Jack Brannigan grounded out to third base, Carter Putz flied out to right field. Jack Zyska singled to right center then Jared Miller flied out.

In the top of the fourth, Tennessee had no hits and one walk. Trey Lipscomb flied out to center field, and Evan Russell out at first. Christian Moore struck out swinging, grounded out to catcher unassisted. Vols maintain a 1-0 lead.

Bottom of the third, Zack Prajzner flied out to center field. Ryan Cole grounded out to second base, Spencer Myers flied out to center field.

Through three innings, Chase Dollander had three punch outs through 10 batters faced.

Top of the third, Cortland Lawson struck out looking, Seth Stephen hit by a pitch, Jorel Ortega popped out to center field. Stephenson advanced to second on a wild pitch with Jordan Beck at the plate. Beck reached first on a fielder’s choice and Stephenson was tagged out at third.

Bottom of the second, Jack Zyska singled to left field, Notre Dame’s first hit of the game.

Zyska then stole second. Jared Miller popped up to short stop, David LaManna lined out to right field. Chase Dollander struck out Brooks Coetzee for the final out.

In the top of the second inning, Jared Dickey singled up the middle, Christian Moore grounded out into a double play, then Luc Lipcius struck out swinging to close the frame.

In the bottom of the first, Notre Dame went three up, three down. Chase Dollander tossed two strikeouts.

The Vols got on the board first in the top of the first inning against the Fighting Irish. Trey Lipscomb doubled deep to center field, bringing in Seth Stephenson from first for an early 1-0 lead.

Stephenson, the lead off hitter, singled off the second pitch against ND’s John Michael Bertrand.

Tennessee adjusted its starting lineup with Drew Gilbert out of the mix, following his ejection in game one.

Seth Stephenson moves to center and Jared Dickey earns the start in left. Trey Lipscomb is batting cleanup in place of Gilbert.

The Vols closed in on the Fighting Irish in late innings after fighting back from an 8-1 deficit. However, the Big Orange couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 8-6.

Game two will likely be another battle on the hill, with Tennessee’s ace and SEC Pitcher of the Year Chase Dollander and the Irish’s left-handed pitcher John Michael Bertrand dueling it out.

Dollander is 9-0 with 103 strikeouts through 72 innings pitched this season. Meanwhile, Bertrand is 9-2 with 103 punch-outs through 99 innings pitched.

Vol Fans arrived early at Lindsey Nelson Stadium ahead of game two, some even sleeping outside the stadium to secure their tickets.

First pitch is slated for 2:06 p.m.. on ESPN.

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