Tennessee explodes for 15 runs vs. LSU, advances to first College World Series since 2005
Tennessee is officially heading to the College World Series.
The Vols punched their ticket to Omaha on Sunday afternoon with a thorough defeat of LSU in the Knoxville Super Regional. Tennessee used six home runs to power its way to a 15-6 victory over the Tigers.
The Vols scored at least one run in six different innings, but the big blow came in the fifth frame. Tennessee scored six runs in the top of the fifth, punctuated by a 3-run homer from Jordan Beck.
LSU started its ace, Landon Marceaux, in this game, but he lasted just three innings. Both teams hit several home runs — six for Tennessee and four for LSU.
Jake Rucker set the tone for the Vols, homering twice in the first three innings. He finished the game going 3-for-5 with two homers, four RBI and a walk.
Beck also had a big day, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Drew Gilbert, Evan Russell and Connor Pavolony also homered in this game.
Tennessee won Game 1 of the Knoxville Super Regional on Saturday, 4-2.
The College World Series begins in Omaha, Neb., on June 19.