Vols fall to Florida in 11; SEC hopes remain alive
KNOXVILLE (WATE)- The Tennessee baseball team dropped a 6-5 11-inning decision to the Florida Gators on Thursday night, but the Vols hopes for an SEC Tournament bid remain alive after Auburn and Georgia lost. "It's frustrating but I'm not disappointed in our players though," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "They're hurting in there right now, in the locker room. Like I told them, tomorrow's a new day. I know this one stings, this definitely stings."
The Vols took a 1-0 lead on a Nick Senzel double that scored Christian Stewart from first base in the 1st inning.
Florida took a 4-1 lead on a 3-run home run by Peter Alonso.
Tennessee tied the game in the 6th on a 3-run home run by Taylor Smart.
The Vols took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the 8th on a two-out single by Will Maddox.
Florida tied the game in the 9th and then won the game when Harrison Bader scored on a play that started as a stolen base attempt at second.
The wide throw to second appeared to hit Bader's helmet and rolled into right-center field.
Bader scored giving Florida the win, and the outright SEC regular season title.
Tennessee's hopes for an invitation to the SEC tournament remain alive after Georgia and Auburn lost games on Thursday night. "We have a goal to get this program to the SEC Tournament. That hasn't been taken away from us," Serrano said.
"It would've been a lot easier if we would've closed that out tonight, but we didn't. We can't rely on someone else to beat the teams that are chasing us. It will feel a lot better if we take care of business ourselves."