KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Baseball in Tennessee completed their league sweep over Georgia State on Sunday afternoon, covering the Panthers 7-0 in the series finale.
Violation is not a problem for the Vols this weekend who surpassed the Panthers 18-2 during the three game series. Junior Jake Rucker led the charge offensively this weekend, recording a homerun and six RBIs against Georgia State. The junior hit .500 this weekend and extended the hit line to 9 games.
Tennessee used a trio of first-time (this season) weekend starters to get the job done this weekend with senior Will Heflin, rookie Blade Tidwell and sophomore Mark McLaughlin set the tone this weekend.
Heflin dazzled on the bump on Friday night and got the starting nod after Chad Dallas got scratched due to soreness, went seven laps and tied a career high with eight strikes at night. Morristown West alumni allowed just six hits and one race in their first start since March 2019.
On Saturday, Tidwell was dominant in his third career start. The novice threw six shutout innings where he allowed just four hits while putting a new career high on strike with seven. Saturday’s 5-1 win was the first of Tidwell’s college career.
McLaughlin started his second season start in the series final on Sunday, allowing two hits and three trips over 3 2/3 innings while hitting three. Junior right-hander Elijah Pleasants came in relief and gave just one hit over 2 1/3 pointless innings to pick up his second win of the season.
NEXT: Vols travels to North Carolina to visit the Charlotte 49ers for Tuesday, March 9th. The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.