The No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers exploded for 11 runs in the first three innings en route to a 14-4 win over the Wichita State Shockers in the first-ever meeting between the schools at the Kia Baseball Bash at Goodwin Field.
Tennessee, which won its second straight game, improved to 12-2. Wichita State dropped its second straight game to fall to 5-4.
Six Vols Chris Burke, Stevie Daniel, Jeff Christensen, Dan Wilson, Brandon Hopkins and Kris Bennett collected two hits to pace the 14-hit attack. Bryan Erstad got three hits to pace the Shockers.
Brandon Crowe (2-0), making his first start since facing Cincinnati last season, kept the Shocker hitters off balance by painting the outside corners of the plate in picking up his second win of the season. He shut out Wichita State through five innings before yielding two runs in the sixth on a balk and a single by Randy Walter. Walter also drove in the Shockers' third run in the eighth.
Crowe posted career highs in innings pitched with 7 2/3 and strikeouts with eight. Erik Filsinger pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run with two strikeouts.
The Vols scored two runs on four hits in the top of the first. Lead off hitter Chris Burke got things started with a triple to center and scored on a throwing error on the same play. Daniel plated the second run on a fielders choice after singling and moving to third on Christensen's base hit. Daniel's hit extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
A six-run two out rally in the second put the Vols up 8-0. Hopkins highlighted the inning with a two-run home run to right field. Wilson started the scoring barrage with a bases loaded two-run single, while Javi Herrera delivered with a two-run single before Hopkins' first homer of the season.
They added three more in the third on a single by Burke, a sacrifice fly and a double by Wilson for an 11-0 lead, and tallied three more in the eighth on an error, a sacrifice fly and a single by Christensen.
David Sanders (0-1) suffered the loss in his first start of the season, being chased in the second after facing just nine hitters. John Tetuan provided no relief as he last just 1 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits.
Tennessee knocks out Witchita 14-4
Published: Tue Mar 06, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:31 p.m.