Mike Kerfeld threw five no-hit innings and No. 16 Tennessee scored two runs on a critical Wofford error as the Vols beat the Terriers 4-2 Wednesday night at Lindsey-Nelson Stadium.
Kerfeld (4-0) struck out seven and walked two, lowering his ERA to a team-best 1.37, retiring the final 14 batters he faced.
"It's disappointing when I give up a hit," the sophomore said. "It's starting to get that way."
But Kerfeld realized beating Lipscomb and Wofford isn't the same as facing top SEC competition.
"I'm pitching well, but I'm not expecting to go out and face SEC teams and not allow any hits," the sophomore said. "Facing SEC hitters is a humbling experience."
Knoxville native and former Farragut High School pitcher Chris Clark (1-2) took the loss for Wofford.
The Volunteers (22-5) struck first in the second inning when Alex Suarez scored on an opposite-field double by David Lamar.
But an error by Terrier second baseman Anthony Dinardo in the third ultimately provided the final margin. Vol catcher Kelly Edmunson was walked following a Kyle Norrid two-out double, bringing senior Brett Chappell to the plate.
Chappell hit a routine popup to second baseman Anthony Dinardo at the edge of the outfield grass. Dinardo simply dropped the certain third out and both runners scored by the time he recovered.
"One play can change the game," Vol coach Rod Delmonico said. "But a win's a win."
The Terriers (8-12), however, would fight back. An RBI single by catcher Scott Holloway off UT reliever Brandon Crowe plated their first run in the seventh, before a double by first baseman David Long off Beau Massey plated the final Terrier run in the eighth.
The Vols added an insurance run in their half of the eighth on an RBI double by shortstop Brian Cleveland.
Closer Scot Drucker pitched 1.2 scoreless innings for his fourth save.
The Volunteers travel to Kentucky this weekend for a three-game series. Tennessee is currently tied for second place in the SEC East, two games back of division-leader Florida.
Switched Up: The Volunteers won despite sitting three regular starters. Catcher Nick Crowe, second baseman Eric King and DH Chase Headley all had the night off. Rightfielder David Lamar, who essentially replaced King while regular rightfielder Michael Rivera moved to second, was the only Vol with more than one hit.