The Vols once again jumped out to an early lead for the second time in there series with the Memphis.
Unfortunately, unlike in game one UT’s early lead wouldn’t last as Memphis would end up taking game two with a final score of 4-1. The Vols had a lot of negatives and not a lot of positives on Saturday. They would mustered only one run.
The bigger disappointment was that they had five hits and only one run plus, the Vols would produce just four baserunners after the first inning.
Another disappointment was the outing of Junior Zach Warren who would give up two earned runs on four hits in just four innings of work. He was out of sync all day and according to Head Coach Dave Serrano “it’s the command.”
Serrano added, Warren has “good stuff” but that it is “the consistent command that gets him in trouble.”
The final not just disappointment, but surprise was the startling fact that lead-off man Brodie Leftridge is still hitless on the season. According to Serrano “when Brodie goes this offense can go good,” but he isn’t going good. This is because, per Serrano “he struggled towards the end of our workouts coming into the season,” which is why he says he “isn’t surprised how he started.”
With everyone of the above disappointments Serrano would defer the negativity and questions by simply praising Junior Memphis Tiger Starting Pitcher Drew Crosby, who he called a “crafty left hander.”
According to Serrano UT not only “didn’t have a good plan or approach against him”, but also how Crosby “kept us off balance” and “he threw strikes behind on the count and changed speeds.”
The few positives seen in this game came from Zach Linginfelter and Jeff Moberg.
Liginfelter would come in with no outs in the fifth and proceded to dominate throwing three strikeouts and throwing in the low 90’s with amazing command and if it weren’t for a two-run homer he would’ve gave up only one earned run and just two hits.
Moberg once again showed up going 1-3 ,but reached base twice. His OBP now sits at .500 to start the year and he isn’t slowing down.
The Vols will try to take the three game series in the rubber match Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.