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Junior outfielder Dom Thornton belted a towering home run in the fourth inning on Sunday to put the Vols on the board, but Tennessee came up short in series finale against Georgia, 3-1, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the loss, Tennessee moves to 15-10 overall and 1-8 in SEC play, while UGA improves to 13-16 and 3-6 in conference competition with the series win.


As a part of his 2-for-4 effort against the Dawgs, Thornton's solo shot to left field marked his fourth longball in his past seven games. Freshman Pete Derkay (1-for-4) contributed one additional hit for Tennessee in the series finale.
The Bulldogs put multiple runners in scoring position during the first three innings, but clutch defensive plays by the Volunteers kept Georgia off the scoreboard. Starter Zach Linginfelter got himself out of a jam in the second when - in back-to-back plays - he picked off a runner at second base and then fired a swinging strikeout to bring the Volunteers back to the plate.


In the third, Thornton and UT's defense held the Bulldogs off the boards again. With one out and runners on first and second, Thornton scooped a single to right field and made an impressive throw home in time to catch UGA's Tucker Bradley advancing from second.


Georgia went on to post three runs in the fourth frame, which Thornton answered with his home run to left field. UT's bats fell quiet after the fourth, as the Dawgs held on for a 3-1 final.


Linginfelter (1-3) took the loss in his fifth start of the season for the Vols. Right-hander Kyle Serrano later came in for 2.0 innings and punched five strikeouts, including three straight strikeouts to retire the side in the eighth. Serrano has now collected 17 punchouts in just 7.2 innings of work this season.
Lefty and East Tennessee native Will Heflin took over the relief efforts in the ninth and allowed just one hit against his four batters faced.
Tennessee is now 121-114 all-time vs. Georgia in a series that dates back to 1909. The Vols continue to hold a lead of 67-46 in the contests held between the teams in Knoxville.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Jordan Rodgers (24), Jeff Moberg (18), and Justin Ammons (11) each extended their current streaks of reaching base safely for the Volunteers.
THORNTON HEATING UP: Dom Thornton's home run on Sunday was his fourth in his last seven games. The transfer outfielder is looking to continue his recent run production, having hit 18 home runs with 74 RBI in 2016 as Howard College's (Texas) primary right fielder.
On Deck for the Vols: Tennessee looks to host the MTSU Blue Raiders on Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. ET before hitting the road to take on the SEC foe Florida Gators on Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9 in Gainesville, Fla.
Sunday afternoon's attendance at Lindsey Nelson Stadium: 2,967






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