The Tennessee Volunteers took a two-game sweep of the Western Carolina

Catamounts with a 12-1 victory on Wednesday.

Tennessee (2-0) found weather conditions a little more pleasant today as

the Vols not only enjoyed warmer temperatures, but hot hitting as the team

combined for 12 hits on the afternoon.

For the second game in a row, the Volunteers opened up the game early by

scoring three runs in the first inning. The inning saw Tennessee grab three

unearned runs off an error by Catamount shortstop Ryan Schade. In the

second inning, first baseman Ryan Case took the wind out of Western

Carolina when he stole home to give Tennessee a 5-0 lead. The last

Volunteer to steal home was Chris Burke against Georgia on April 30 of last

year.

The Tennessee offense racked up seven runs on five hits in the last seven

innings to put the game out of reach. Sophomore second baseman Burke

extended his hitting streak to 18 games while head coach Rod Delmonico

moved to within three games of becoming the all-time winningest coach in

school history.

Western Carolina (0-2) utilized five pitchers in the game with Wesley

Overbay (0-1) taking the loss. Tennessee also broke in five pitchers on the

afternoon while junior transfer Jordan DeJong (1-0) took the win for the

Vols.

Tennessee will travel to Hilo, Hawaii on Friday where they will face

Hawaii-Hilo in a seven-game series beginning on Feb. 6.