The No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers (22-9) baseball team stepped out of conference and knocked off the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (25-9), 10-1, in midweek showdown in Cookeville, Tenn., at Bush Stadium on Tuesday night.
The victory extends the Vols' winning streak to three games.
Dave Serrano's squad didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard as UT pushed across a run in the first inning.
Freshman Nick Senzel delivered a RBI single in the first inning, one of three hits the Vols had in the opening frame.
However, Tennessee Tech tied it up in the bottom half of the first, getting two hits, including a RBI double down the left field line.
From there, it was all Vols.
In the fourth, sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart launched his fourth home run of the year – a two-run shot that gave the Vols a 3-1 advantage.
Both teams were held scoreless until the seventh when Vincent Jackson produced a RBI hit following singles from Taylor Smart and Nathaniel Maggio. That gave UT a 4-1 lead, but the Vols weren't finished.
Second baseman Will Maddox came up with an RBI groundout – scoring Maggio – for UT's fifth run of the evening.
Meanwhile, Serrano's squad got a dominant effort from a full-fledged pitching staff as six hurlers contributed to the nine-run victory.
Bret Marks started and allowed just one run in two innings with a pair of strikeouts. Sophomores Trevor Bettencourt (1-1) and Drake Owenby followed in the middle innings, tossing 3 1/3 combined frames with only one hit and five total strikeouts.
Peter Lenstrohm, Andy Cox, Josh Peterson and Andrew Lee rounded out the effective mound work as the quartet surrendered just a single hit and two free passes between the four of them.
The Vols blew the game wide open in the ninth inning, scoring five times. UT first loaded the bases, and then a throwing error brought home three runs. RBI singles from Senzel and Stewart immediately followed to score the final two runs of the night.
The win was the Vols' first win over the Golden Eagles in Cookeville since April, 18, 2006, when UT won 6-4.
In addition, it served as the first road victory for Serrano's squad since UT swept a doubleheader at Missouri back on March 15.
The win kicks of a stretch where UT will play nine of 12 games away from the friendly confines of Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Vols will take on Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Friday at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the weekend series.