After beginning the season with 12 consecutive home victories, the No. 19 Diamond Vols hit the road for the first time this season and headed west for a weekend road trip against Arizona State.
The initial success continued in Tempe, Ariz., as Tennessee (14-1) came away with a 2-1 series win over the Sun Devils (7-6).
In the series opener, the Vols dropped a close contest 3-1. UT was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base. Senior Nick Williams (3-1) took the loss as the Vols dropped their first contest of the season. After giving up two runs in the first, though, Williams settled in, giving up just one more run, seven total hits and just one walk. The senior from Knoxville struck out four and retired 12 Sun Devils (7-4) in a row during the middle innings.
In game two, the Vols evened the series with a 6-5 victory. UT took advantage of three Sun Devil errors in the seventh inning to rally from a 3-2 deficit to take a 5-3 lead – one the Vols would not relinquish. Sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox went 3-for-5 while both Will Maddox and Nathaniel Maggio each had two hits in the victory. Hunter Martin (2-0) tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.
In the bottom of the sixth inning head coach Dave Serrano was ejected while looking for an interference call on Arizona State. A Sun Devil runner bowled into Simcox, who was trying to turn a double play. It was his first ejection since April 1, 2012, during his first year at Tennessee.
On Sunday, UT took the series with a 6-4 victory over the Sun Devils The Vols scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 deadlock and held on for the victory.
Nick Senzel went 2-for-3, drove in two runs and scored two runs. Maggio was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Scott Price and Christin Stewart each had two hits as well.
Reliever Josh Peterson (1-0) tossed 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen after Kyle Serrano went three innings, allowing just one hit and giving up three runs. Andy Cox gained the save with two hitless innings to close out the Sun Devils.