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Billy Amick’s Moonshot brings Tennessee closer to Grand Slam record

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Tennessee 3B Billy Amick. Photo by Ian Cox/Tennessee Athletics.

Billy Amick’s huge grand slam over the left field fence in the third inning of Tennessee’s regional game in Knoxville on Saturday moves the Vols one step closer to an all-time college baseball record.

With the bases loaded and Tennessee leading Indiana 5-0 in the top of the third inning, the Volunteers’ third baseman turned back and fired a shot into the porch behind the left field fence. The grand slam went 350 feet when Dean Curley, Cal Stark and Christian Moore came around to score.

Amick’s shot also followed a bases-loaded RBI walk from Christian Moore as the Vols scored a total of five runs in the inning.

This was Amick’s second grand slam of the year, before hitting one against Ole Miss on March 24.

Under the regional tournament format, Tennessee was at bat in the top of the inning as the visiting team, even though the game was played at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Amick’s grand slam was Tennessee’s 12th of the year, which is an ongoing SEC record.

The grand slam breaks Tennessee out of an NCAA tie for third all-time, leaving the Vols tied for second with the 1996 Oklahoma State squad with 12 total on the season.

Tennessee needs two more grand slams to tie the all-time college baseball record at 14 with Arizona State’s 2003 team, and three more to claim the record. Oklahoma State set their record in 66 games, while Arizona State set their record in 68 games. Saturday’s game against Indiana ranks as Tennessee’s 63rd game so far this season.

LSU’s 1998 team previously held the SEC record with 10 grand slams, which Tennessee broke during the Vols’ 8-3 win over South Carolina on Friday in the final regular-season series of the year. Tennessee first baseman and slugger Blake Burke had a towering grand slam in the seventh inning to give Tennessee’s 2024 squad the SEC record.

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Here’s a look at who hit a long ball during Tennessee’s record conference season:

March 5 (Kansas State) –Dean Curley

March 9 (Illinois) – Reese Chapman

March 10 (Illinois) –Robin Villeneuve

March 12 (Eastern Kentucky) – Cal Stark

March 24 (Ole Miss) – Billy Amick

March 30 (Georgia) – Dylan Dreiling

March 30 (Georgia) – Dalton Bargo

April 6 (Maroon) –Christian Moore

April 7 (Maroon) – Cal Stark

April 17 (Bellamine) –Blake Burke

May 17 (South Carolina) –Blake Burke

June 1 (Indiana) – Billy Amick

Tennessee currently leads Indiana 10-3 in the middle of the fourth inning after Amick’s two home runs at the time of this publication.

Tennessee shortstop Dean Curley and second baseman Christian Moore both hit home runs in the second inning, while Amick’s grand slam came in the third inning. Tennessee catcher Cal Stark then sent a 370-foot solo shot over the left field porch in the fourth inning to give the Vols their seventh long ball of the regional and their fourth against Indiana on Saturday.

Follow Rocky Top Insider’s live updates from Lindsey Nelson Stadium for more information about the game.

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