Vols mistakes costly in loss to No. 1 Florida

Tennessee took to the diamond Sunday in search of a Southeastern Conference series win over the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators.

Tennessee was its own worst enemy Sunday.

The Volunteers committed five errors, leading to six unearned runs in a 9-3 loss to No. 1-ranked Florida at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.

Tennessee (25-23, 7-17 Southeastern Conference) never led and left nine runners on base, including five in the last two innings combined. The loss also gave the visitors from Gainesville the 2-1 series victory.

The top team in the land broke a 1-all tie with a three-run fourth and extended its advantage with two runs in the sixth and three in the eighth before the Vols scratched across two scores in the bottom of the eighth.

Gators starter Alex Faedo (9-1) struck out 10 without issuing a walk in seven innings of work with five hits and just one run allowed.

Hunter Martin (3-1) was the losing pitcher, needing 71 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings with four hits and four runs given up.

Brodie Leftridge tripled and doubled to pace Tennessee's 10-hit attack. Chris Hall, Derek Lance and Benito Santiago added two hits apiece.

Florida catcher Mike River hit his eighth him run and drove in a career high four runs.

Tennessee 5, Florida 2: On Saturday, the Volunteers picked up their first win over a No. 1-ranked foe since April 19, 2009.

Nick Senzel's two-run home run in the bottom of the third plated Hall and pushed Tennessee in front 2-1.

After Florida tied it at 2-all in the top half of the inning, the Vols got the three runs it needed in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by an RBI single from Lance and a run-scoring triple from Leftridge.


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