Tennessee's ability to manufacture runs helped it manufacture a sixth straight victory to start the 2012 season as the Volunteers outlasted Seton Hall 3-2 in 11 innings on a cool, sunny afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
The win puts Tennessee's record to 6-0 for the first time since 2003. It hasn't lost yet under first-year head coach Dave Serrano.
The Vols were held hitless by the Seton Hall pitchers after Chris Fritts' single to lead off the seventh but found a way to notch the W in the 11th as Chris Pierce walked with one down and advanced the remaining 270 feet courtesy a trio of wild pitches.
Tennessee arms did their part yet again.
Starter Zack Godley racked up seven strikeouts against just three hits and a walk over six innings. Carter Watson followed with 2 2/3 frames and a pair of Ks. Nick Williams was near perfect in earning the victory by notching the final 2 1/3 scoreless.
Vol arms threw a total of 175 pitches, 114 of those went for strikes. The team earned run average dropped to 1.80 and opponents are now hitting a paltry .214.
Zack Granite doubled and scored in the top of the third on Mike Genovese's single to give Seton Hall their first lead of the series.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Fritts got things going for the Big Orange by singling up the middle. He moved up to second on a base hit by Will Maddox. A wild pitch got Fritts to third and the throw down sailed into left field, allowing him to tie the contest at 2-all.
Losing pitcher Ryan Harvey logged 2 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball but his three walks and the three wild pitches did the Pirates in. Rick Mangione started and went six strong frames before handing the pill over to Brian Gilbert for two innings.
Tennessee entered with eight errors in its first give games but totaled five defensive miscues on Saturday.
Granite led all hitters with three knocks. Giuseppe Papaccio singled twice.
Temperatures should be at least 10 degrees warmer for the final game of the set. First pitch is scheduled for Sunday at noon.
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