HILO, Hawaii - Chris Burke's record-tying six hits paced the University of

Tennessee's 23-hit attack as the Volunteers defeated the University of

Hawaii at Hilo 18-3 in collegiate baseball at Wong Stadium.

The series ends with a 10 a.m. doubleheader at the Kailua-Kona Baseball

Field on Saturday, February 12.

The Vulcans (7-10) had 10 hits and committed four errors. The Vols (6-1)

had no errors.

Brandon Hopkins was hit by a pitch and stole second base in the second. He

scored on Ryan Moffett's single to center. Moffett stole second but was

thrown out on Kris Bennett's shot back at the pitcher. Chris Burke followed

with his 100th career base hit and moved Bennett to third. Stevie Daniel's

double drove in both Burke and Bennett to set a 3-0 Volunteer lead.

Keola Park opened the Vulcan's second with a double and scored on Kevin

Yee's single to center.

The Volunteers knocked Vulcan starting pitcher Joe Bell out of the game

with consecutive singles by Ryan Case, Hopkins and Justin Parker to open

the third. Vulcan reliever Tyler Kerlee didn't fare any better as he was

welcomed by Moffett's second single of the night, Bennett's home run, and

Burke's inside-the-park home run. Following a walk to Daniel and single to

Jeff Christensen, Kerlee sat down the next three batters.

Mike Hobbs singled and moved to third on Jake Ryan's double in the third.

Keola Park followed with a two RBI single to cut the Volunteer lead to

9-3.

The Vols added solo home runs in the fourth by Moffett and in the fifth by

Christensen. Also in the fifth, Massey singled, moved up on Case's single

and a hit batter. He scored on Parker's fly out to left.

The fireworks continued in the sixth as Burke singled and scored on

Christensen's second consecutive home run giving the Vols 14 runs on 19

hits.

Following a fly out, Case was hit by a pitch. On the next pitch, Vulcan

pitcher Shaun Suzuki was ejected by the plate umpire for sailing a pitch

over the batter's head. Following a short but direct protest, Vulcan

baseball coach Joey Estrella was also ejected.

In the seventh, Burke tied a Volunteer record with six hits in a game with

an RBI double. Bennett was hit by a pitch, moved up on a balk and scored on

Burke's hit.

Three more runs were added to the Volunteer score in the eighth.

Moffett, Bennett and Case had three hits apiece, while Daniel and Parker

had two each for the Volunteers. Burke, Moffett, Christensen and Case had

three RBIs each.

Park led the Vulcans with three hits while Kevin Yee and Ryan added two

apiece.