Through the first 3 innings, it looked like Tennessee may be in for a struggle against Campbell. The usually efficient Chase Dollander struggled and was chased in the third inning while giving up 4 runs.

Fortunately, the bats started to wake up. A 2-run home run by Jorel Ortega made it 4-3 heading to the fifth inning before Tennessee was finally able to turn the corner and take a lead.

Despite getting two quick outs in the fifth, Campbell walked Luc Lipcius and gave up a single to Jordan Beck. That brought Drew Gilbert to the plate in search of some damage.

Gilbert delivered, drilling a no-doubter with a brilliant bat flip tacked on. That shot made it 6-4 Tennessee.

On the mound, Kirby Connell was rock solid in relief of Dollander. Though Connell would eventually surrender a 2-run home run, he delivered 4 solid innings out of the bullpen to keep Tennessee in the game and save some arms for the regional final.

Then, in the eighth and ninth innings, Tennessee was able to tack on some big-time insurance runs. The big blows were provided on a solo home run by Blake Burke and then a huge 3-run blast by Courtland Lawson.

When the dust finally settled, the Vols headed to the bottom of the ninth inning with a 12-7 lead.

Redmond Walsh worked a perfect 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the night for Tennessee. With the win, Tennessee is safely through to the regional final after starting region play with 2 wins.

The Vols will face the winner of Georgia Tech-Campbell Sunday evening at approximately 7 pm ET. Tennessee will have 2 chances to secure 1 win in order to advance to the Super Regionals.

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