Tennessee Baseball

Tennessee catcher Connor Pavolony (17) prepares to take the plate during an NCAA college baseball game against Mississippi State, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Shawn Millsaps)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Connor Pavolony hit a grand slam and Tennessee beat UNC Wilmington 10-3 on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament elimination game.

Ricky Martinez drove in two runs and finished with three hits, and Pete Derkay added an RBI to help the second-seeded Volunteers (39-20) advance. The game started less than 12 hours after the end of their rain-delayed loss to third-seeded Liberty.

Pavolony's drive off reliever Luke Gesell capped a five-run eighth inning that put Tennessee up 10-1.

Garrett Crochet (5-3) allowed two hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief to earn the victory.

Landon Roupp (6-3) allowed two earned runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings for fourth-seeded UNC Wilmington (32-31). Greg Jones had a two-run single in the ninth.

The Seahawks' loss marked the end of veteran coach Mark Scalf's career. The winningest coach in program history, Scalf is retiring after 28 seasons.

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