NASHVILLE — It was yet another dazzling pitching performance from Drew Beam that led No. 1 Tennessee to a 5-0 shutout victory and series sweep of No. 9 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field.
Beam continued his incredible freshman campaign by going the distance and throwing the first complete-game shutout by a UT pitcher since Garrett Stallings vs. Ole Miss on May 16, 2019.
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The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native, allowed just two hits, faced one batter over the minimum and did not allow a Vanderbilt player to advance past first base for the entire game. Beam retired the last 16 batters he faced in the contest.
The Vols' bats were held in check in the early going by Commodores' starter Patrick Reilly – who allowed just one run and two hits in five innings – but got going in the second half of the game to help Tennessee pull away late.
The Big Orange (27-1, 9-0 SEC) scored four runs over the final three innings after entering the seventh leading 1-0, courtesy of a Drew Gilbert solo home run in the fourth.
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Lipcius doubled the UT lead with a clutch two-out RBI hit in the top of the seventh to put the Vols ahead 2-0. Christian Scott singled to lead off the inning and stole second with two away to move into scoring position before scoring on the Lipcius single to center field.
Tennessee struck again in the eighth to add another insurance run to its tally. Trey Lipscomb singled up the middle with one out before Evan Russell drew his third walk of the day to move him into scoring position. Jorel Ortega made the Commodores (20-7, 4-5 SEC) pay for the free pass with an RBI single into left center to make it a 3-0 game.
The Vols added two more runs for good measure in the ninth when Gilbert drove in his second and third runs of the day with a double to right field. The junior from Stillwater, Minnesota was one of just two UT players to finish with multiple hits in the game. Lipcius was the other, finishing 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
Spencer Jones and Dominic Keegan had the only two Vanderbilt hits on the afternoon as both finished the game 1-for-3.
UP NEXT: Tennessee takes its 19-game win streak back to Knoxville for a midweek game against another in-state foe in Lipscomb on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The Vols will remain home for the next two weekends as they play host to Missouri and Alabama at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.