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Published on June 15, 2024
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In what can only be described as a stunning display of late-game heroics, the Tennessee Volunteers executed a thrilling comeback to steal a 12-11 victory from the jaws of defeat against Florida State in their College World Series opener. The Volunteers, facing a four-run shortfall in the bottom of the ninth inning, sparked a rally that culminated in a walk-off win, according to WATE. Christian Moore etched his name into college baseball folklore by hitting for the cycle, a feat unmatched since 1956, and becoming just the second player to do so in a College World Series game, as WVLT reports.

The Seminoles were seemingly set to wrap up their day one win before Tennessee, down by four, turned the tide in the ninth where Kavares Tears kicked off the rally with a triple and was brought home by Dean Curley's sacrifice fly, this cut the deficit to two runs then Blake Burke drove in two with a single followed up by Billy Amick and Dylan Dreiling whose single sealed the win, reports WATE.

The Volunteers will look to extend their journey in the winner's bracket when they face North Carolina on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. The victory over the Seminoles was particularly sweet for the Volunteers, as historical success has been elusive for the team on the CWS stage under the leadership of Coach Tony Vitello; only once in the previous five CWS games had they managed a win, yet this game may mark a turning point, "said John Adams of Knox News.

Despite committing three errors and the pitching staff conceding nine walks, Tennessee's tenacity at the plate overcame their miscues, showcasing their offensive capabilities in a park typically unkind to hitters with Christian Moore leading the charge, "No one will remember those errors," after a game this dramatic according to John Adams' coverage for Knox News.