The Vols took the rubber match at FedExPark in Memphis 10-0 on Sunday, winning the three game series with the Tigers 2-1.
It was not only a high scoring game, but it was highly attended. A large crowed of 2,188 came for Sunday afternoon’s game, setting a new single game record at FedExPark. Sunday’s attendance along with the high numbers that turned out to see games 1 and 2 broke the three game series attendance record at the park as well.
However, attendance would be about the only positive thing to come out of this game for Memphis as they were shut out on offense and struggled on defense.
In his first start of the season Knoxville native Will Neely threw six scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two of the 19 batters he faced. Two freshmen, Garrett Stallings and Andrew Schultz came in to relieve Neely alongside senior Jon Lipinski. Stallings throw a scoreless inning in the seventh and his day of work was done.
Schultz making his collegiate debut in the eighth inning, allowed only one hit, before turning it over to the Senior for the ninth inning.
On offense the Vols were firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon posting 10 runs on 18 hits, including a second inning where they produced seven runs on eight hits all but burying Memphis early on.
Senior third basemen Jordan Rogers had a career day going 4 for 5 with one double, one RBI, and two runs. This was huge for the Vols because on such a young team it was good to see some viable talent and on field leadership from an upperclassmen.
Junior Dom Thornton would get his first start of his career at Tennessee in Right Field and did not disappoint. He went 2 for 4 recording a double, two RBI’s and a run for the Vols.
Player of the game goes to freshman Andre Lipcius. This is a guy no one outside of the Vols staff, really knew coming out of the state of Virginia. He was recruited and ranked as a Shortstop (No. 124 at his position nationally and No. 4 at his position in state) but Tennessee is starting him at first base.
On Sunday he would show why MLB teams need to keep an eye on him. He would go 4 for 5 with three doubles, two RBI’s, and two runs, making him the first player with three or more doubles in a game for the Vols since Matt Duffy did it against Georgia in 2010.
Second basemen Jeff Moberg had another solid outing going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run. However, Moberg is the series MVP.
He went 5 for 10 over the three games while posting four RBI’s, four runs, an OBP of .615, and a slugging percentage of .800; combined his OPS was 1.415.
Overall, this was a good series for the Vols. Yes they were facing a somewhat inferior opponent, but confidence and momentum are huge in baseball. A sport where streaks, ups and downs are much more a part of the game than with most other sports, early success is big and thats what the Vols got over the weekend.
They won the series 2-1 while showing they have the potential to let their young talent grow and develop when their upperclassmen play well. If Tennessee can consistently play like they did to open the season, it could be a surprisingly great year for the Volunteers.