Vols earn first series win of the season in 19 run rout

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) The Tennessee offense exploded for 19 runs on Saturday afternoon, while the pitching staff remained without a run allowed on the season as Tennessee rolled to a 19-0 victory over Western Illinois at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Vols had 11 players record a base hit and eight players drive in runs as the Tennessee scored their most runs in a single game since head coach Tony Vitello took over the program.

Junior Zach Daniels and freshman Drew Gilbert were the only Vols with multiple hits on the day. Daniels went 2-for-3 on the afternoon hitting his 10th career home run. Gilbert went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI in his Tennessee debut. No. 1 player in the state of Minnesota also pitched the ninth inning for the Vols, striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Junior righty Chase Wallace made his first-career start on the mound allowing just two hits and one walk in 5.2 innings, striking out six batters en route to earning the win.

UP NEXT: The Vols now with a chance to earn their first series sweep of the young 2020 season. Game three against Western Illinois is scheduled for Sunday, February 16th at noon.

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