Vols sweep Vandy, off to best league start by SEC team in 28 years

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee freshman pitcher Drew Beam threw a two-hitter Sunday afternoon as the top-ranked Volunteers polished off a sweep of No. 9 Vanderbilt with a 5-0 triumph.

Forget losing.

Minutes after Chase Dollander worked eight innings, the first six of them scoreless, during Saturday night's 5-2 victory at Vanderbilt, the Tennessee sophomore pitcher was asked by reporters whether he could remember the last time the Volunteers were trailing.

"I feel like it's been a while," Dollander said while breaking into laughter. "Was it Texas? This has been an awesome experience."

It certainly wasn't Sunday, when the No. 1 Vols polished off their latest convincing sweep of a Southeastern Conference power with a 5-0 blanking of the No. 9 Commodores. Dollander's gem clinched Tennessee's first series win in Nashville since 2009, and freshman Drew Beam blanketed the hosts in the finale with a two-hitter.

Beam became the first Tennessee pitcher to hurl a shutout since Garrett Stallings in 2019.