Top 9th: Andrew Lee retired the side in order. Tennessee wins 5-2 and improves to 22-25, 9-18 in the SEC. More to come.
Bottom 8th: The Vols went down in order in the eighth. Tennessee leads 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth.
Top 8th: Mississippi State’s Jacob Vickerson doubled to start the eighth and eventually scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit to 5-2. Steven Kane surrendered that double and a walk before coming off for reliever Kyle Serrano, who got a groundout on his only pitcher of the eighth. The Vols lead 5-2.
Bottom 7th: Christin Stewart reached with a one-out single but was thrown out stealing to end the seventh. The Vols lead 5-1.
Top 7th: Andy Cox gave up a walk in the seventh but otherwise cruised. He’s thrown 112 pitches, so his day is probably finished. He allowed just three hits and one run while striking out six. The Vols lead 5-1.
Bottom 6th: Benito Santiago singled and Parker Wormsley walked with two outs, but Nick Senzel flied out to right to end the inning. Tennessee leads 5-1.
Top 6th: Andy Cox retired Mississippi State’s side in order. Tennessee leads 5-1.
Bottom 5th: Ross Mitchell retired the Vols in order in the fifth. Tennessee leads 5-1.
Top 5th: Andy Cox hit Lucas Reynolds with a pitch to start the fifth, but retired the next three hitters to escape without any damage. He has five strikeouts through five. The Vols lead 5-1.
Bottom 4th: The Vols scored three more runs in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. A.J. Simcox led off with a single, took second on a flyout and scored on an RBI single by Jordan Rodgers. Chris Hall reached on an error that sent Rodgers to third, and then Hall stole second. Parker Wormsley drew a walk after falling behind 0-2 and Nick Senzel singled through the right side to bring in Rodgers and Hall. The Vols lead 5-1.
Top 4th: MSU third baseman Matthew Britton reached with a two out double but was thrown out trying to score on a single by catcher Gavin Collins. Jordan Rodgers came up throwing and had him at the plate by some distance. Vols lead 2-1.
Bottom 3rd: Nick Senzel gave Tennessee the lead with a home run to left center with one out in the third. The Vols lead 2-1.
Top 3rd: Andy Cox issued three walks in the third, but struck out a batter and A.J. SImcox made a running play at short to get out of the third. Game tied 1-1.
Bottom 2nd: Andrew Lee pounded an 0-2 curveball over the right field wall to start the inning and tie the game. Jordan Rodgers then doubled into the right center field gap and took third on a sacrifice bunt. Benito Santiago flied to right, but it was a hard line drive on which Michael Smith made a shoe string catch. Rodgers had to go back to tag third, and he was thrown out at home. Game tied 1-1.
Top 2nd: Michael Smith walked, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt, but when Ryan Gridley hit a grounder to second that should’ve allowed him to score, he briefly froze and UT second baseman Nick Senzel threw him out at home. Andy Cox struck out Matthew Britton to end the inning. MSU leads 1-0.
Bottom 1st: Christin Stewart reached with a two-out single, but A.J. Simcox grounded out to third to end the inning. MSU leads 1-0.
Top 1st: Gavin Collins walked, Lucas Reynolds doubled off the left field wall to send him to third, and first baseman Wes Rea grounded out to short to bring him home. MSU leads 1-0.
Vols are playing for their SEC tournament lives coming up at 6 p.m. against Mississippi State (24-27, 8-19). No time for lineups today, but updates to come.