Vols win Auburn series behind Ben Joyce’s historic pitching performance

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No. 1 Tennessee won its seventh Southeastern Conference series of the season with a 5-3 victory over No. 21 Auburn Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Volunteers, coming off their second SEC loss of the season, led 3-0 in the first inning. Drew Gilbert drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Trey Lipscomb hit a two-run home run.

The Tigers (31-14, 12-9 SEC) pulled to within, 3-2, in the fourth inning. Bobby Peirce hit a home run and Cole Foster drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Auburn tied the game in the sixth inning when Peirce recorded an RBI single.

The Vols (40-4, 19-2 SEC) led in the eighth inning when Jordan Beck hit a two-run home run. Beck was 2-for-4 with two runs.

Luc Lipcius was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for Tennessee.

Ben Joyce (2-1) pitched four innings and surrendered one hit, while striking out six en route to earning the win.

The University of Tennessee announced Joyce recorded a pitch of 105.5 miles per hour. UT uses Yakker Tech data tracking system for statistics.

During the SEC Network+ broadcast of the Tennessee-Auburn series finale, it was noted Joyce’s 105.5 mph pitch is the fastest in college baseball history.

According to UT, Joyce’s 105.5 mph speed would be the second-fastest recorded pitch in Major League Baseball, 0.3 mph behind Aroldis Chapman. Chapman threw a 105.8 mph pitch for the Reds against San Diego on Sept. 24, 2010.

Ben Joyce by the numbers against Auburn

Drew Beam started and pitched five innings. He allowed three runs, six hits and two walks, while striking out four.