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Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee first baseman Jorel Ortega makes a throw during the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 11-5 win over Bellarmine.

The top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers entered Tuesday night's baseball game against Bellarmine at Lindsey Nelson Stadium with a 42-6 record.

They also entered with a 3-3 mark in their past six contests, having lost two out of three at Kentucky last weekend.

Tennessee's biggest lull of its historic season looked as if it would continue when Clayton Mehlbauer's two-run home run to left field pulled Bellarmine within 5-4 in the sixth inning, but Drew Gilbert, Trey Lipscomb and Blake Burke went deep down the stretch as the Vols broke free for an 11-5 triumph.

"I don't think anything has gone wrong," Lipscomb said. "Kentucky's record may not show it, but they're a pretty good ball club, and they proved it to us last weekend. We were eager to get back out there, but we're always eager."

The homers by Gilbert, Lipscomb and Burke extended Tennessee's nation-leading total and single-season program record to 113.

Former Cleveland High standout Camden Sewell worked the final two innings of the win, retiring six of the seven batters he faced and tallying two strikeouts. It was Sewell's first action since being pulled from last Thursday's opener in Lexington after experiencing discomfort in his oblique area.

Tuesday marked the next-to-last midweek game for the Vols, who host Georgia this Thursday-through-Saturday, host Belmont next Tuesday before closing their regular season next weekend at Mississippi State.

"Today was a different team in a different park," Tennessee coach Tony Vitello said. "There were plenty of things to be positive about today but also some things to be frustrated with."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com.

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