Jeff Christensen drove in a career-high five runs with a double and a triple as the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers used two big innings to defeat the Long Beach State 49ers, 9-4, in the third game of the Kia Baseball Bash at Goodwin Field.
The Volunteers scored five runs in the third and four in the sixth as they improved to 11-2 on the season. Long Beach State fell to 5-6.
Wyatt Allen (3-1) picked up his third win in four starts this season, working a season-high 6 1/3 innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits.
Patrick Hicklen finished off the 49ers with 2 2/3 shutout innings, striking out two.
Chad Bentz (0-2), who recorded a career-high seven strikeouts, took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits. Five Long Beach pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.
Tennessee sent nine men to the plate in the third inning as the Vols tacked up five runs on five hits. The rally was keyed by a two-run, bases-loaded single by Stevie Daniel and a triple by Christensen. Catcher Javi Herrera laid a bunt down the first-base line to plate Christensen for Tennessee's fifth run.
Daniel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the hit, while Christensen's triple was his second in as many games.
The 49ers cut into the lead with three runs in the bottom of the frame on a single by Jeremy Reed, a fielders choice and a sacrifice fly.
The Vols extended their lead to 9-3 in the sixth as they put up four runs, keyed by Christensen's bases loaded double off the center field wall. Dennis Gomez hit a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning.
Tennessee face Wichita State in the fifth game of the Kia Baseball Bash, Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Results were not available at press time.
The Diamond Vols lost 10-6 to Call State-Fullerton in Friday's game.
SOFTBALL TEAM WINS TWO
With the bases full of Lady Vols and two down in the sixth, senior outfielder Janette Koshell picked the perfect time to smash a double to the center field fence. Her heroics broke a 2-2 stalemate and enabled Tennessee to notch a 5-2 victory over the University of Pittsburgh at the Georgia Southern Eagle Classic in Statesboro, Ga., on Friday night. The win kept head coach Jim Beitia's squad perfect after day one of tournament and raised UT's overall mark to 10-13. The Panthers fell to 0-7 in 2001 after absorbing the defeat.
In the first day of the tourney, Tennessee topped Florida A&M 6-2 behind a four-run fifth inning.
Saturday's action at the Eagle Classic was canceled due to rain.