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Tennessee uses clutch hitting to take game one from Gators

Friday night’s series opener between No. 12 Florida and No. 6 Tennessee was an exciting, back-and-forth affair full of emotional highs and lows. In the end, one team simply executed better in key situations, and that was the difference in the game.

The Volunteers parlayed four two-out RBI and a missed opportunity by the Gators in the seventh inning into a 6-4 win.

Tennessee went 5-for-13 (.385) with two outs and 4-for-9 (.444) with runners in scoring position. The Gators, meanwhile, went just 1-for-9 with two outs (.111) and 1-for-4 (.250) with runners in scoring position.

After a pair of scoreless innings to begin the night, the Volunteers (26-5, 8-2 SEC) opened the scoring in the bottom of the third.