KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT-- Garrett Stallings turned in an incredible performance on the mound to lead Tennessee to a 3-0 win over No. 2 Georgia on Friday night to secure its first series win over a top-five opponent since taking two of three versus No. 4 Vanderbilt in April of 2016.
Stallings threw his first-career complete-game shutout to lead the Volunteers to their NCAA-leading eighth shutout of the year. The junior right hander scattered five hits and allowed just one walk while striking out five in the second complete game of his career.
Justin Ammons drove in two of UT's three runs with a pair of sacrifice flies in the fourth and sixth innings while Alerick Soularie recorded his fifth three-hit game of the year by finishing the night 3-for-4. No UGA player had more than one hit on the night.
After getting just one hit over the first three innings off of Bulldogs' starter C.J. Smith, the Vols were about to scratch across a run in the fourth to open the scoring. Andre Lipcius led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Soularie to put the Vols in prime scoring position. Ammons drove in Lipcius one batter later with the first of his two sac flies to put UT ahead 1-0.
The Big Orange extended their lead to three with a two-run sixth inning. Zach Daniels doubled off the wall to start the inning and scored on a single to left by Lipcius to make it 2-0. Ammons drove in his second run of the night with another sacrifice fly to plate Lipcius and put the Vols ahead by three.
That would be plenty of run support for Stallings, who retired the final seven batters of the game to lock up his team-leading sixth victory of the season. Smith was stuck with his second loss of the season after allowing all three runs in five innings of work.