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#1 Vols claims SEC Championship semifinal with win over Kentucky – University of Tennessee Athletics

#1 Vols claims SEC Championship semifinal with win over Kentucky - University of Tennessee Athletics
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Final

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Score by periods
Crew 1 2 3 4 5 6 seven 8 9 R H E


Tennessee
Utah
1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 6 12 11 1


Kentucky
UK
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 1


O: Burn Hunt (8-1)
L: Austin Strickland (2-4)

HOOVER, Alabama – Late attack and stellar exit from the bullpen Drive away the burns lifted the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers to a 12-2 win over Kentucky from Saturday night through Sunday morning at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in the 2022 SEC Tournament Semifinals.

Tennessee (52-7) earned its second straight appearance in the SEC Tournament Championship Game. The Vols are looking to bounce back from falling in last year’s Finals, 7-2, to Arkansas. UT is targeting the fourth SEC tournament title in program history, with the last tournament crown occurring in 1995, the same year UT last won the regular-season championship.

At the beginning of the contest, it was a duel of pitchers. Drew Beam started on the rubber for the Vols and gave 3.1 solid innings of work. He allowed just two hits and struck out six, his best since Alabama’s win on April 17. Drive away the burns was masterful in relief for the Big Orange.

The true freshman shot in 4.2 innings and hit eight, including a handful of strikeouts in high leverage spots. His impact was felt early on when he blocked a legacy runner in third and the tying run in second. The talented right-hander got his second of eight strikeouts with a high fastball to end the fourth inning and duplicated that success in the eighth inning when he also blocked a Wildcat runner in the third, hitting the British hitter with a slider sweep.

Tennessee jumped on the board first as Jordan Beck curled a line down the left field line and went third for his second triple in as many days. Almost a mirror image of the previous night, Beck crossed the plate just a step later as Kentucky starter Magdiel Cotto threw one into the dirt that ricocheted off the catcher and rolled up the third base line, allowing the right fielder of UT to score. In the fourth inning, UT would score again as Trey Lip Comb recorded his first RBI of the night, driving one down the left side, sending Beck home.

An inning later, Kentucky would even the score with back-to-back doubles, followed by a wicked break ball that got a swing hit three, but it hopped to the safety net allowing a run home and the batter to reach first base.

The offense sped up in the eighth and ninth innings. Luc Lipcius and Beck started the inning with back-to-back singles, both coming off the bat over 107 mph. Lipscomb loaded the bases and Jorel Ortega and Cortland Lawson capitalized, each driving in races within a four-race frame.

The ninth added padding as UT put in six runs and capped the score in style as Blake Burk threw a two-run moonshot home run from 401 feet, flying high out of the stadium with two outs in the ninth inning.

Wyatt Evans locked in the semi-final win by knocking out the team watching in the ninth-inning half.

NEXT: Tennessee takes on Florida in the 2022 SEC Tournament Finals at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Fans can buy tickets for the competition hereor can watch the game on ESPN2.

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