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Vols don’t let slow start prevent Tennessee win against Georgia

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Tennessee came out on top this weekend in dramatic fashion, pulling out a series win against SEC rival Georgia as the Diamond Vols didn’t let a slow start the Bulldogs wreck their weekend. After dropping the first game 16-2, the Vols bounced back and took the next two games from the Bulldogs in the three-game series. 

Here are four takeaways from this weekend’s matchups: 

No Cause for Concern

Friday night starter AJ Causey had a rough outing, giving up eight runs in just 2.2 innings of work. This marked the first loss of the season for the reliable Causey, who came into the weekend with a 5-0 record. 

The Big Four Oh

On Saturday, first baseman Blake Burke hit his 40th career home run as a Vol, tying the record set by Luc Lipcius in 2022. He also extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games. 

Blazing Bats

Saturday’s 16-11 win was all about the long ball. Between both teams, eight home runs were recorded, including two Tennessee grand slams – career firsts for both Dylan Dreiling and Dalton Bargo. 

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Lucky Number Seven

Sunday’s starter Zander Sechrist had a phenomenal outing, limiting the hot bats of Georgia to just four hits over six innings – striking out seven and giving up just one walk. Reliever Nate Snead protected the 7-0 shutout victory over the Bulldogs. This was the first time Georgia was held scoreless this season. 

There is no midweek game this week. Next up is a weekend trip to Auburn for another SEC series. The Tigers were just swept this past weekend by No. 4 Texas A&M.

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