KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tennessee routed Northern Kentucky 18-0 on Tuesday night to improve to 4-0 on the season, its best start since 2014 when the team won its first 12 games.
With the win, the Vols extended their shutout streak to begin the season to 36.0 consecutive innings and held their fourth straight opponent off the scoreboard for the first time in program history.
Sophomore pitcher Sean Hunley picked up right where he left off following a stellar freshman season, tossing five scoreless innings in his season debut. Hunley allowed just three hits and fanned six batters while allowing only one walk to earn his first win of the season.
Luc Lipcius led the Volunteer offense with a career day at the plate. The Williamsburg, Va., native set career-highs with three hits, two runs and five RBIs. The junior infielder also recorded his first-career triple and hit his second-career home run while finishing a double away from hitting for the cycle.
Eight different Volunteers drove in runs on the afternoon while the trio of Lipcius, Christian Scott and Ricky Martinez combined for all eight of the team's hits.
Scott, a freshman from Clarksville, Tenn., reached base four times with three hits and a walk after getting the start in his collegiate debut. Martinez entered the game late as a defensive replacement but made the most of his two at-bats, going 2-for-2 with a career-high four RBIs.
The Big Orange were able to take advantage of wild pitching from the Norse, who used seven pitchers that combined to walk 20 batters in the game. NKU issued eight walks in the eighth inning alone when the Vols exploded for 12 runs to blow the game wide open.
Second baseman Noah Fisher led the Norse at the plate with a pair of hits. NKU starting pitcher Proctor Mercer did not give up a run in three innings of work but walked four batters in his first collegiate start to receive a no-decision.
SHUTOUT STREAK CONTINUES: Tennessee's shutout streak to start the season was extended to 36.0 innings on Tuesday. Going back to the final game of last season, UT's pitching staff has gone 37.2 consecutive innings without allowing a run. The Vols have now blanked four straight opponents for the first time in program history.
LUC LIPCIUS HAS CAREER DAY: Junior first baseman Luc Lipcius continued his hot start to the season with a monster performance at the plate on Tuesday night. Lipcius set or tied career highs with three hits, two runs, a homer and five RBIs while also recording his first-career triple. Through four games, Lipcius leads the team with a .500 batting average, six hits, two doubles and six RBI.
UP NEXT: Tennessee continues its nine-game homestand with a weekend series against Indiana starting on Friday at 4:30 p.m. All three games will be streamed live online via SEC Network+ and the Watch ESPN app. Tickets are available at AllVols.com.