The No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers picked up their third consecutive road win of the season, upending Middle Tennesee State 2-0 Tuesday night at Reese Smith Jr. Field in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The Vols improved to 15-1 on the year, and notched their third shutout of the season. The win also snapped a five-game skid to the Blue Raiders.
Six UT pitchers combined for the shutout as Drake Owenby, Trevor Bettencourt, Peter Lenstrohm, Josh Peterson, Andrew Lee and Andy Cox all saw action against the Blue Raiders.
Owenby started and Cox picked up his second-straight save as he struck out the side in the ninth inning.
In the top of the third inning, the Vols used two bunt singles to help plate both runs Tennessee held the Blue Raiders (5-10) to just five hits in the contest.
Senior third baseman Taylor Smart led the Vols with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, scoring a run and notching a stolen base. Smart finished the game with three assists on the hot corner. Sophomores Christin Stewart and A.J. Simcox also posted 2-for-4 performances at the plate, while Scott Price, Vincent Jackson and David Houser all finished with base knocks.
The Blue Raiders lone threat came in the second inning as they loaded the bases off a leadoff double, a walk and a hit by pitch. Owenby was able to deal out of a one-out jam with a swinging strikeout and a 6-4 groundout between Simcox and Maddox.
Tennessee followed by loading the bags in the third frame off three-straight singles, including two bunts down the third base line by Price and Simcox. Maddox grounded out to plate the game's first run, scoring Smart, who chopped a single down the left field line.
After Nick Senzel – the reigning SEC player of the week – was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, Jackson sent a sac fly to center field to score Price and put UT on top 2-0. Stewart struck out to end the threat with two on. UT left 10 runners on base in the game.