Tennessee jumped out to a five-run first-inning lead and cruised to a 7-1 victory over Cincinnati on a cold Wednesday for the Volunteers' home opener at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.
The Vols (6-1) improved their winning streak to five games and are 17-5-1 all-time versus the Bearcats (0-7).
Jordan Rodgers' three-run triple keyed the five spot in the Vols' half of the first. The Memphis native added a double later on and finished with two runs scored.
Daniel Vasquez went five innings in his first collegiate start and got the victory. The right-hander touched 89 with his fastball before the sun started to set. He struck out seven without issuing a walk while allowing just one run on two hits.
Aaron Soto (2/3), Eric Freeman (1 1/3), Zach Reid (1) and Steven Kane (1) combined to throw four innings of shutout baseball out of the Tennessee bullpen, giving up just two hits and one walk with six Ks.
Tennessee coach Dave Serrano confirmed after the game that junior right-handed pitcher Kyle Serrano will miss the rest of the 2016 season. Kyle started Tennessee's second game of the season and threw 71 pitches. The Farragut (Tenn.) High product ranks by Baseball America as the No. 37 junior in the country.
Up next, the Big Orange travels to Greenville, North Carolina, to take part in the Keith LeClair Classic. The Vols play Maryland on Friday at noon.