Zack Godley (3-0) entered as the most impressive arm on the Tennessee staff and managed to lower his impressive earned run average to 1.44 after tossing eight innings of three-hit, shutout baseball. The right-hander set personal career highs for innings pitched (eight), strikes thrown (75) and strikeouts (10).
Randy Zeigler carried outstanding numbers into Friday night as well and exited with a runner on with no down in the eighth after notching 11 Ks and only four hits with three walks.
Ethan Bennett drilled a Zeigler pitch over the left-field wall with two down in the bottom of the seventh for what proved to be the game-winning run for the Volunteers (10-3).
After a pair of fielding errors by the Warhawks and a run scored by Zach Luther, Drew Steckenrider brought Zach Osborne plateward with a sacrifice fly to up the advantage to 3-0. Chris Fritts made the second miscue hurt with a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt to bring Pierce home.
Tennessee closer Nick Williams entered in the final frame and worked a perfect ninth, fanning three, to get his fourth save, matching his total from 2011.
The Vols host ULM (9-6) back at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday at 4 and on Sunday at 2.
First-year Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano is now just one win away from reaching a personal career milestone of 300 victories. To see what he had to say following the game, click play on the video below:
Check out what Godley said to reporters on video: