Tennessee baseball's offense wins another series after pitching struggles

Tennessee baseball outscores Auburn 36-16 in their series win. The Vols won two out of three on the road to win their third straight SEC series.
Mar 16, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Tennessee pitcher Drew Beam makes a pitch against Alabama at
Mar 16, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Tennessee pitcher Drew Beam makes a pitch against Alabama at / Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News / USA

Tennessee baseball won another series over the weekend, this time against the Auburn Tigers. This is the Vols' third-straight conference series win, as the Vols won two straight games after pitching struggles on Friday.

This is not unfamiliar territory for the Vols. In Tennessee's series wins over Georgia, they were run-ruled before rattling off two straight wins through impressive hitting and power at the plate. The Vols lost the series opener against Auburn 9-5 but were able to bounce back on the mound and at the plate and get the job done across the board to run-rule the Tigers.

The Vols responded by scoring in five of the seven innings played on Saturday and putting up 12 runs to Auburn's two runs. To no one's surprise, Blake Burke, Christian Moore, and Dylan Dreiling were at the center of attention on Saturday. So far, those three Vols have combined for 36 home runs and 98 RBIs on the season.

Dalton Bargo also had a two-homer day as he continues to impress as the Vols' utility man. Drew Beam was on the bump for Saturday's matchup, and his seven innings of work were all the Vols needed to get the win. He gave up one earned run and did just enough to give the Tigers an early exit after seven innings.

Burke also put his name in the history books on Saturday. The Tennessee first baseman set a record for most career home runs as a Tennessee Volunteer. Burke hit career home run No. 41 on Saturday, passing Luc Lipcius for the most all time.

Sunday was a lot of the same. The game ended after seven innings, and Tennessee scored in all but one inning, including a seven-run second inning. A big reason for Tennessee's win on Sunday was Cal Stark. He doubled his home run numbers on the season with two home runs on Sunday and seven RBIs.

Nate Snead bailed out the Vols on the mound again after Zander Sechrist struggled early on. Sechrist was pulled after two innings and giving up three earned runs. Snead came in, pitched four innings, and guided the Vols to victory.

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Tennessee's offense ultimately bailed off the Tennessee pitching on Sunday and picked up the runs necessary to get the series win after losing the series opener. The Vols will look to win another SEC series when LSU comes to town this weekend.