Tennessee closed the 109th Penn Relays at Franklin Field Saturday with a solid performance in a loaded 4x800m relay field. Behind the running of Frank Francois, Kenny Schappert, Joakim Daun and Marc Sylvester, Tennessee finished fourth with a time of 7:21.91, which shaved more than six seconds off its previous season-best winner at the Sea Ray Relays.
In the 100m dash finals, Sean Lambert finished third with a 10.57 time. Teammate Jonathan Wade followed closely, tying for sixth in 10.62.
On Friday, Tennessee's sprint medley relay turned a lackluster day into highlight material with a stunning victory against South Carolina. The Vols' sprint medley relay, not a race Tennessee contests often, came up with a diamond of a performance and a 3:14.41 time, courtesy of four solid legs by Sean Lambert, Jonathan Wade, Dwayne Bell Jr. and Marc Sylvester in front of 35,003 fans.
The sprint medley victory marks Tennessee's 29th Penn Relay title since 1966, the third-best total of any school. The Vols have won 67 times across all events since 1949 at the Penn Relays.
Baseball swept on the Bayou
No. 8 LSU completed a sweep of the struggling Tennessee baseball team with a 15-4 win Sunday at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
After spotting Tennessee six runs, the Tigers capitalized on two Volunteer errors as they scored nine unanswered runs to claw their way back to a 10-6 win Saturday.
The comeback win followed LSU's 17-4 blowout of the Vols on Friday night, during which the Tigers scored seven runs in the first two innings with the help of Knoxville native Bruce Sprowl's first career home run.
On Saturday, Tennessee (24-20, 8-13 SEC) led 6-1 heading into the bottom of the third as the Tigers began mounting their comeback by plating two unearned runs in the inning on Blake Gill's hit, and two more in the fourth to pull within 6-5.
On Sunday, the Tigers (30-13-1, 15-5-1 SEC) pounded out a season-high 19 hits and scored 11 runs in the fourth inning. At one point, LSU led 15-0.
Sprowl, a Bearden High graduate, had a weekend to remember against his hometown school. LSU's centerfielder and leadoff man went 6-for-14 at the plate with a home run, five RBIs and three runs scored.
The Vols will return to action with Tuesday's 7 p.m. game at UNC-Asheville (16-21). UT beat the Bulldogs, 3-1, on April 16 in Knoxville.
Men's golf folds at SECs
Much like their Lady Vol counterparts did last weekend, the UT men's golf team came into the final round of the SEC Tournament in a tie for the lead.
And much like their Lady Vol counterparts, the Vols collapsed.
Tennessee, tied with Georgia coming into Sunday's final round, shot a dismal 21-over par to finish in fourth place with a three-day total of 878, falling 22 shots short of the championship.
At the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga., the 23rd-ranked Vols were looking to win their first SEC title since 1990. Instead, Florida shot a sizzling nine-under par and won the event with a nine-under par 856 total.
Individually, the Volunteers were led by senior Andrew Pratt, who finished fourth with a one-over par 211.
Ross McGowan and John-Scott Rattan finished tied for 10th place, as each scored a 217.
Tennessee's British connection, sophomore David Skinns and senior Ian Parnaby, struggled mightily this weekend. Both were expected to compete for the individual crown, but Skinns finished 39th (226) and Parnaby finished tied for 46th (230).
While not the results they were looking for, the Vols' fourth place finish was the program's best since a fourth-place showing in 1988.