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AJ Causey recaps 12-strikeout performance against Illinois

No. 8 Tennessee (14-1) defeated Illinois (5-7), 6-3, on Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

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AJ Causey started for Tennessee and pitched six innings. He recorded 12 strikeouts and allowed six hits, one earned run and one walk. Causey totaled 104 pitches, including 66 strikes, against 25 batters.

Friday’s contest was the first of a three-game series between the Vols and Fighting Illini.

Game No. 2 will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. EST and can be watched on SEC Network+. Sunday’s series finale is slated for 1 p.m. EDT (SEC Network+).

Causey met with media after Tennessee’s win against Illinois. His media availability can be watched below.

Story originally appeared on Vols Wire