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Another solid inning for Kidd. Fly out to center, single to LF that squirted between the 3B and SS, and then two groundouts to second to strand the runner at 3rd.
Vols 6, NIU 0, going to the bottom of the 7th.
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whats the crowd like wes? what woud serrano and ut ad like to eventually see for an average attendance?
Double Steal. Howasabout that!
Vols nearly added to the lead there, but Osborne's drive to LF was snagged at the top of the wall. Would have been a 3-run HR.
UT 6, NIU 0, going to the top of the 8th.
I really like that we can say "The Kidd's got really good stuff" and it is extremely literal. I'm a nerd.
Looks like we are getting some very solid pitching. As a Cincy Reds fans, I am not accustomed to strong pitching . . .
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
I'll go ahead and jinx it for Wes ....
"Wow, this game is really going fast. Moving along at a good clip."
Your team. All the time.
The game will now be 16 innings
Kidd pulled after starting off the top of the 8th with back-to-back walks.
Freshman Connor Stevens in now and gets the first out on a groundout to third. Nice play there by Luther.
Runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out for NIU.
Great at-bat from Klonoski there to draw a 3-2 walk.
Bases loaded for NIU, still just 1 out.
IT'S MY DAD'S BIRTHDAY, BOSS!!!
Back-to-back walks from Stevens. Second one scored a run.
Vols 6, NIU 1, top of the 8th.
Bases still loaded, still just 1 out.
Atta boy Ozzy!
Big moment there for Stevens. The freshman battled back from a 2-1 count, got it to 2-2 and then forced Zimmerman — NIU's clean-up hitter — into a 4-6-3 double play.
Vols 6, NIU 1, going to the bottom of the 8th.
Steckenrider, also a switch-hitter, goes deep to lead off the bottom of the 8th in his first at-bat from the left-hand side.
Vols 7, NIU 1.
UT students heckling NIU with "SEC! SEC! SEC!" chants.
Whoops. I'll take the jinx off.
Consider it rescinded.
Ballgame. Stevens gets three outs in four batters to end it.
FINAL: Tennessee 7, Northern Illinois 1.
More coming in a bit.
When Serrano took over, he said the Vols would be more aggressive on the base paths. Looks like they aren't wasting any time developing that skill set.
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