Fresh off a second-place finish in the Beau Rivage College Classic last week in Gulfport, Miss., the Tennessee men's golf team is on the road again.
This time coach Jim Kelson and the Vols are heading to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate.
The tournament is held at the famed Sawgrass Golf and Country Club in Tour's Player's Championship in March.
DIAMOND VOLS STAY UNDEFEATED
Chris Burke tripled twice and drove in five runs as the No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 12-5, in the sixth game of The Citadel Invitational at Riley Park. Kris Bennett also went 4-for-4 with two stolen bases to pace the 16-hit Vol attack. Mike Frownfelter had two hits for the Mountaineers.
Burke collected both triples on consecutive at-bats in the third and fourth innings, driving in two as the Vols plated four in the third. He fell one short of the school record.
Leading 4-0, Tennessee (5-0) broke the game open with five runs in the fourth on three consecutive triples by Burke, Stevie Daniel and Ryan Moffett. Burke's triple came with the bases loaded to put the Vols up 7-0.
Keyed by Burke's two-run triple, the Vols were able to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the third inning. He later scored on a single to center by Dan Wilson while Daniel plated the fourth run on a double steal with Wilson.
Brian Gates (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with six strikeouts.
The Mountaineers (0-2) got on the board with three runs in the sixth on back-to-back run scoring singles by Adrian Dorsey and Dwayne Smith and a groundout. After the Vols added a run in the bottom of the frame on a single by Javi Herrera, West Virginia plated two more in the seventh on a groundout by Jake Serfass and a single by Tim McCabe to cut Tennessee's lead to 10-5.
Daniel's sacrifice fly and a double by Moffett in the bottom of the seventh gave Tennessee a 12-5 lead.
Matt Blethen (0-1) suffered the loss as he was tagged for nine runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
The Diamond Volunteers beat George Mason 5-3 in the second game of The Citadel Classic at Riley Park in Charleston S.C., on Friday.
Tennessee faced The Citadel (4-4) in the final game of the Classic, Sunday at 5 p.m. Results were not available at press time.
SOFTBALL TEAM TOPS LIBERTY
The Lady Vol softball team rebounded from a one-sided loss to North Carolina on Saturday afternoon to deal Liberty a 2-0 setback in the Gold Bracket playoff round at the Triangle Classic. Sophomore Stephanie Humphrey established a new career high with 10 strikeouts in tossing her second straight shutout. Jim Beitia's club improves to 5-8 and advanced to the semifinal round of the 24-team tourney against UNC played Sunday at noon. Results were not available at press time.
Tennessee came out of the chutes quickly, plating two runs in the top of the first off Flame pitcher Carie VanArtsdalen. Senior shortstop Annie Fletcher led off the game with a walk and was sacrificed over to second by freshman outfielder Ellisha Humphrey. Following Fletcher's steal of third, senior Melissa Radley drove in her teammate with a single up the middle. Radley then swiped second and advanced on a throwing error by the LU catcher to bring sophomore Carissa Roustan to the plate. A misplayed grounder enabled Radley to come across with the game's second run.