Justin Christian hit his first home run and Mailon Kent collected three hits to lead the Auburn Tigers to a 9-2 win over the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers at Plainsman Park.
With the win, Auburn (19-10, 2-9 SEC) extended its winning streak over the Volunteers (26-5, 8-3 SEC) to 10 games and leads the three-game series two games to none.
Leading 4-0, Auburn erupted for four runs in the seventh inning, keyed by Kent's two-run bases loaded single and base hit by Gabe Gross, in taking an 8-0 lead.
Chris Burke extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double to lead off the eighth and later scored on Jeff Christensen's sixth home run of the year for Tennessee's two runs.
Hayden Gliemmo (6-1) kept the Vols off balance with a good mix of off-speed pitches and fastballs in picking up his sixth victory. He struck out five, while shutting out Tennessee through seven innings before giving up the two-run home run to Christensen with one out in the eighth.
Wyatt Allen (5-2), who set a career high by issuing eight walks, took the loss. He allowed four runs on six hits in six innings of work.
Matt Samuels came on in the seventh, retired the first batter he faced, and then loaded the bases with three consecutive walks before Kent's base hit. Dusty Johnson closed out the frame, but not before allowing two inherited runners to score.
FRIDAY'S RESULTS
A pair of two-run home runs by Gabe Gross and Trent Pratt powered Auburn to an 11-3 win over the Volunteers at Plainsman Park. The win was the first by the Tigers (18-10, 1-9 SEC) in 10 conference games. The loss snapped Tennessee's (26-4, 8-2 SEC) overall eight-game winning streak.
The final game of the series was Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Results were not available at press time.