Tennessee calms the tide and heads to the semi-finals on Saturday
It was another offensive explosion for Tennessee, this time against Alabama. A day after the state of Mississippi came to power, the Vols did the exact same thing at Tide. The Vols entered their game against Alabama to make up for the insane loss in the 9th inning on Wednesday. Friday, they took care of business, early.
It didn’t take the Vols long to get the ball rolling against the tide, as Luc Lipcius ran a 2-run homerun in right field, giving them a 2-0 lead. It didn’t take long for Vols to open it even more, as they nailed 5 points in the 3rd inning. The Vols led 7-0 and never looked back.
In the 4th inning, Evan Russell had a 2-run homerun and put the Vols forward 9-0 as they moved into vacuum stick practice. Thanks to back-to-back home runs from Liam Spence and Max Ferguson, Tennessee led 11-0 and were looking to get back to the hotel early.
After Blade Tidwell hit 99 mph on the radar gun in Round 1, it was already starting to look like it could be a long day for Alabama. Tidwell threw 95 shots for his team, with 5 K and giving up just 2 hits. He was in the area the entire time on the mound. Kirby Connell entered the game in the 7th inning and finished it on Flights.
Tennessee have beaten their opponents 23-2 in the last two games, hitting 6 HR and not chasing many grounds. The Vols pitching staff gave up just 5 points in 3 games to Hoover, which puts them in a perfect position to take advantage of their opportunities at home plate.
“I felt like everyone wanted revenge,” Tidwell said after the game.
The Vols will now face Florida in the semi-finals on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.