Tennessee scratched across at least one run in six of its eight trips to the plate and defeated Seton Hall 9-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday night.
For just the sixth time in the 103-year history of the Volunteer baseball program they improved to 5-0 to start their season.
The Big Orange had five players bang out multiple hits and they totaled 15 as a team.
Chris Pierce grand marshaled the hit parade with a trio of singles. He also scored three runs. Wes Walker doubled, singled and drove in a pair. Chris Fritts was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Zach Luther added a pair of knocks as well.
With the game knotted at 1-all entering the bottom half of the fourth, Tennessee got its sticks cranking. Steckenrider doubled and Pierce singled. A fielder's choice off the bat of Fritts brought Steckenrider home with the go-ahead score. Walker brought Pierce home with a sac fly to make it 3-1.
The Vols tacked on every frame from then on.
Steckenrider started on the hill for UT but was pulled after needed 76 pitches to get just nine outs. Robbie Kidd entered and tossed two-hit ball over 4 1/3 to get the victory. David Horne finished up with a scoreless 1 2/3.
Tennessee's team earned run average is now 2.02 and opponents are hitting .230.
The Pirates sent No. 1 starter Jon Prosinksi to the hill. He entered having only allowed 162 hits and 59 walks in 176 career innings but the Vols touched him up for nine hits and five earned runs over five frames.
Kyle Grimm singled twice for a third of the visitors' hits.
Tennessee drew seven walks compared to Seton Hall's five.
These same two teams lock up back in Knoxville on Saturday afternoon at 1 and Sunday at noon.
To get coach Dave Serrano's thoughts on the game, click play on the video below:
To see InsideTennessee's photo gallery from the action Friday night, see below (click to enlarge):