HOOVER, Ala. (WATE) — The Tennessee baseball team took out some frustrations at the plate Thursday to defeat No. 8 Mississippi State, 12-2.
Drew Gilbert doubled down the right field line to plate the final two runs with one out in the eighth inning for a run-rule win.
Liam Spence was 3 for 4 for Tennessee with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. The shortstop from Geelong, Australia, also had one walk.
Max Ferguson continued his hot play at the plate. He was 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
In all the Vols scored 13 runs on 15 hits.
Chad Dallas, Tennessee’s normal Friday starter on the mound, pitched 6 and 2/3 innings striking out 1 and walking 1. He also gave up one run, an earned run, on 6 hits.
The run-rule victory keeps the No. 4 Vols in the hunt for an SEC Tournament title. They await the loser of Wednesday’s game between No. 13 Florida and Alabama.
Tennessee lost to Alabama after a tough call in the ninth inning on Wednesday. Jake Rucker grounded into double play and Ferguson was called out at second base for interference. The Tide went on to win 3-2 in 11 innings.