Consumes Overwhelms as Vols Eradicate to Top Stanford

For the second time in the playoffs, Tennessee action back from a four-point deficit to avoid elimination after passing Stanford with 8th place on a hot Monday afternoon at Charles Schwab Field, earning a 6-4 victory.

A four-run fifth inning and another incredible relief outing by Chase Burns led the volunteers to their first College World Series victory since 2001, with a six-game slide in Omaha.

Burns was nearly undefeated in six shutout innings from the bullpen, striking out 18 of the 20 batters he faced, including the last 10 Cardinal hitters, to finish the game and complete his fifth win of the year. The sophomore flamethrower allowed only two hits and did not walk while finishing with nine strikeouts, tying Todd Helton for the most Punts in a CWS game in program history (June 3, 1995 vs. Clemson).

The UT offense put the pressure on the Stanford pitcher throughout the afternoon, scoring 13 hits in the game, which was the third most Big Orange hits in a CWS game.

Main man Maui Ahuna, along with three-hole hitter Jared Dickey, led the way with three hits apiece. Dickey also homered and drove in a run in Tennessee’s four-run fifth inning.

Christian Moore’s two-run single with the bases loaded tied the game by four before the Vols added two more runs in the seventh to take their first lead. Zane Denton drove in an RBI Groundout in the final winning inning before Blake Burke – who also had a few hits – drove home a wild pitch from third to give UT a 6-4 lead it wouldn’t give up.

It was the Cardinal who jumped ahead with two points in the first and two more in the third, pulling ahead 4-0. Alberto Rios drove in two of Stanford’s four runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly, while Braden Montgomery also had a run-scoring single in the third.

Quinn Mathews started for the Cardinal and was able to get out of some traffic jams early in the first and second innings before retiring the Vols in order in the third and fourth innings. However, the older left-hander failed to get out of the fifth, eventually allowing four runs with 10 hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Reliever Matt Scott got stuck with the loss after giving up two runs in one-third of an inning before giving way to Brandt Panter.

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