KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt dropped the series finale 10-5 to Tennessee on Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Commodores scored twice in the seventh and three times in the eighth but were unable to claw back from an early deficit.
Devin Futrell got the start on the mound and went 4.1 innings, allowing two earned while striking out three.
The Volunteers took advantage of a defensive miscue in the bottom of the second to score five unearned runs.
Tennessee plated four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go on top 9-0.
The Dores got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Chris Maldonado and Parker Noland hit back-to-back singles with one out. Jonathan Vastine then drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Enrique Bradfield Jr. Bradfield lined a single through the left side to bring home Maldonado.
Matthew Polk reached on a fielding error that allowed Noland to score safely from third.
Tennessee got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning to lead by eight through seven full.
Jack Bulger sent one over the wall in left-center for a solo shot in the top of the eighth, his fifth on the season. After a two-out double by Noland, Davis Diaz roped a two-run shot to left to cut Tennessee’s lead to 10-5.
Vanderbilt returns home to host Kentucky for three games beginning Friday at Hawkins Field.