Tennessee polishes off 3-game series sweep of IU

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Indiana’s second weekend of the season didn’t end well.

Tennessee secured a three-game sweep of IU on Sunday afternoon, overpowering the Hoosiers with a 5-3 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

A three-run fifth inning put the Volunteers over the top, sending Indiana to its first three-game non-conference sweep since Feb. 28, 2016 at Cal State Fullerton.

The Hoosiers (2-4) built an early 3-0 lead by the fourth inning, going ahead on solo home runs by Cade Bunnell, Ryan Fineman and Cole Barr.

Tennessee got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, when a defensive miscue at third base allowed Evan Russell to score. The Volunteers went ahead in the next inning, using a one-out, bases-clearing double by Andre Lipcius to take a 4-3 lead.

Lipcius’ bit hit was set up by a single, an error by IU first baseman Matt Lloyd and a five-pitch walk by Indiana starter Tommy Sommer.

Sommer allowed four hits and three earned runs during his 4 1/3 innings on the mound for the Hoosiers, exiting the game after yielding Lipcius’ hit on the second pitch of the at-bat.

Tennessee added to its advantage with a two-out RBI single by Justin Ammons in the bottom of the sixth.

The Hoosiers finished with five hits. Bunnell’s first-inning shot was the first home run of his Division I career. Fineman’s homer in the second was his first of the season and the 13th of his career. Barr’s blast in the fourth was his second this season and the second of his career.

Cal Krueger and Connor Manous combined to hold Tennessee scoreless during the final 3 2/3 innings of the afternoon.

Indiana returns to action on Tuesday, opening the home slate at Bart Kaufman Field with a 3 p.m. contest vs. Cincinnati.

Four Volunteer pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in Tennessee’s 11-0 win.

Starter Zach Linginfelter dominated the Hoosiers, scattering two hits and striking out 13 in six innings to get the win.

Chase Wallace and Camden Sewell each pitched a perfect inning of relief, and Chase Silseth worked around a hit in the ninth to end it.

Tennessee clubbed 10 hits, including four doubles and a triple, in the game and took advantage of three Indiana errors.

The Volunteers scored twice in the second and fourth innings and chased Indiana starter Tanner Gordon in the fifth when they put up a four spot to take an 8-0 lead.

Gordon allowed five runs on five hits, walked four and struck out three in 4 1/3 innings. Braydon Tucker gave up three runs on a pair of hits in his two-thirds of an inning. Braden Scott allowed a run in two innings, and Matt Litwicki gave up two runs in his inning of work.

Pauly Milto settled down after giving up three runs to the Vols in the first inning, but Indiana’s bats never came to life in a 5-1 loss in the opening game of the series.

Milto gave up four hits in the opening frame, including back-to-back RBI doubles by Evan Russell and Landon Gray, as Tennessee took the lead. But he allowed just four more hits and finished with nine strikeouts in six innings of work.

However, the Hoosiers struggled to get anything going off Tennessee starter Garrett Stallings, who scattered five hits and struck out nine in seven innings. His lone mistake was giving up a lead-off homer to Logan Kaletha in the top of the sixth.

Tennessee tacked on a pair of runs in the eighth off Gabe Bierman. Russell doubled in a run and scored on a double play ball.