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No. 1 Tennessee baseball sweeps Mississippi State, closes out the regular season

The top-ranked Vols defeated Mississippi State Saturday, 10-5 to close out the regular season with another SEC sweep.
Credit: Tennessee Athletics/@Vol_Baseball

STARKVILLE, Miss — No. 1 Tennessee baseball finished the regular season with another conference sweep.

The Vols defeated Mississippi State Saturday, 10-5 to clinch the series sweep. It is Tennessee's ninth series sweep of the season and fourth on the road.

Tennessee hit nine RBI in Saturday's matchup, including three home runs. 

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Graduate student Evan Russell homered in the top of the fifth inning to tie the program record for career home runs. It was his 38th career home run. 

Freshman right-handed pitcher Drew Beam earned the start in the series finale. Beam went 2.0 innings pitched, giving up two earned runs and striking out none. 

Right-hander Ben Joyce continues to make headlines for Tennessee. The standout pitcher threw 1.1 innings of relief, giving up just one hit and no runs. 

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According to Mississippi State's TrackMan system, Joyce threw 31 pitches over 100 mph. 14 of these were 103 mph or more. 

Tennessee finished 25-5 in SEC play during the regular season. 

The SEC Tournament begins on Tuesday, however, the Vols clinched a first-round bye. There is a possibility for another bye later in the tournament. 

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