Tennessee collected its first Southeastern Conference baseball road victory Saturday afternoon, and by a touchdown, too.
After dropping 5-2 and 6-4 decisions to top-ranked LSU on Thursday and Friday, the 10th-ranked Volunteers scored the first 10 runs of a 14-7 downing of the Tigers to salvage one triumph in the three-game series. Tennessee pounded out 17 hits and worked through a rough fourth inning from starting pitcher Drew Beam, who allowed four runs as the Tigers pulled within 10-6.
Zane Denton's two-run home run in the sixth pushed Tennessee's lead back out to 12-6, and the Vols coasted from there to improve to 21-8 overall and 4-5 in SEC play.
"They were better than us for two days, and I think to get the first road win means a lot," Vols coach Tony Vitello said. "Now you know what it takes and what you're capable of doing."
The Tigers fell to 24-4 overall and 6-3 within the league.
Denton and Christian Moore each drove in three runs for Tennessee, with Moore going 3-for-4 to improve his team-high batting average to .349. Jared Dickey, Hunter Ensley, Kyle Booker and Christian Scott each had two RBIs for the winners.
Moore's double to right-center in the first inning scored Maui Ahuna and Dylan Dreiling to put Tennessee up 2-0, and Dickey followed with a single to right-center that made it 3-0. The Vols extended their advantage to 5-0 on a bases-loaded walk and a fielder's choice and would hand Beam a 6-0 lead before he took the mound.
Ensley's two-run double in the second continued the onslaught and made it 8-0.
"That's a really special team over there, and we were in these games," Dickey said. "Our bats finally came alive today. I think it was really good to see all the way around. You want to win two games on the road, but winning a game against that team is really special.
"They've got a really complete bunch."
Tennessee does not have a nonconference matchup this week before hosting No. 3 Florida in a three-game set that starts Thursday.
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