Limited to four hits on Saturday, the Vols bounced back with a 17-hit effort on Sudany in trouncing WVU. Michael Rivera and Chad LeGate led the hitting parade with three hits apiece. Derek Tharpe got the mound win, pitching six innings of five-hit ball and allowing just one earned run.
Patrick Green, Brandon Growe and Steve Wesley pitched the final three innings, combining to allow three hits and two runs.
Through 10 games, the bullpen is 5-0 with two saves and a 1.52 ERA in 41.1 innings with 45 strikeouts and nine walks. Opponents are batting .196 against Vol relievers.
UT's pitching staff has a 4.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The hurlers are averaging 9.3 strikeouts per game against 1.9 walks per game.
Luke Hochevar has pitched 11 1/3 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts and one walk.
LeGate is the Vols' top hitter to date at .429. He has driven in five of his six runs with two out.