The eighth-ranked Vols baseball team continued its early-season success
with a series win over number 20, Long Beach State, this weekend in
California.

Friday's victory was a classic pitcher's dual between All-American R.A.
Dickey and Scott Rivette. Dickey went 6.2 innings, giving up three hits,
walking six and striking out seven, and no runs, before giving way to John
Darlington, who pitched Tennessee out of a jam in the seventh.

In both the eighth and ninth innings, Long Beach State threatened to push
across the game's only run -- as the 49ers had the potential winning run at
third base in both innings. The ninth inning culminated in a particularly
dramatic fashion, as Tennessee third baseman Jason Franklin threw out a
49er baserunner attempting to score on an infield single off of the leg of
Todd Helton.

In the tenth inning, Tennessee scored the game's only run on a Bryce
Christensen single with two outs, scoring rightfielder Lance Smith who had
walked and stolen second.

Todd Helton came in to collect the win, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless
baseball -- giving up only one hit.

In Saturday's action, the Vols again took a thriller from the 49ers.
Scoring two runs in the seventh and one in the ninth en route to a 4-3
victory.

Todd Helton was the big man offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBI's.

Ryan Meyers started the game, throwing 6.1 innings -- giving up two earned
runs while striking out six. Senior righthander Travis Exum (2-0) came to
pitch two scoreless innings, picking up the win.

Sunday's action was less than exciting, however, as Long Beach State jumped
early on the Vols -- scoring five runs in the fourth inning and three in
the fifth on their way to a 9-0 blowout.

Tennessee's Tim Miller started the game and accrued the loss. Long Beach
State's Luke Fitzpatrick picked up the win, scattering four hits over six
innings.

Sunday's attendance was 1,238, bringing the total to 3,867 for the series
-- the third largest total in Long Beach State history.