April 18, 2024

Tennessee’s offense flutters in loss to Western Kentucky

After a blazing-hot start to the season offensively, the Tennessee Volunteers were shut down by Western Kentucky Tuesday night in a 6-0 loss.

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The Tennessee Volunteers struggled to generate a spark against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky (8-4) blanked Tennessee 6-0 in Tuesday’s matchup at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Led by four hits, two runs, and two RBIs from leadoff hitter Steven Kraft, the Hilltoppers’ offensive attack was more than enough to secure the victory.

Tennessee’s struggles began in the second inning when starting pitcher Daniel Vazquez allowed two runs. Two more runs were scored by Western Kentucky one inning later off of two Volunteer errors. The Hilltopers tacked on one run apiece in the sixth and eighth innings.

After averaging nearly 10 runs per game over the first ten games, Tennessee’s offense had its worst performance of the season. The Vols amassed only five hits on the night—led by outfielder Chris Hall (2-for-4)—and none of those came after the sixth inning. A double by Hall in the first inning was the team’s only extra-base hit of the night. In total, Tennessee left six men on base for the game, and no runner advanced past second base.

Tennessee (7-4) will look to bounce back when they travel to ETSU on Wednesday to face the Buccaneers at 6 p.m. in Thomas Stadium.

The Volunteers will return to Knoxville on Friday where they will begin a three-game series against UC Irvine.

Featured image by Ben Ozburn

Edited by David Bradford

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