Tennessee captures College World Series title in dramatic win over Texas A&M

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Tennessee captures College World Series title in dramatic win over Texas A&M

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The Tennessee Volunteers held off the Texas A&M Aggies in Game 3 to win the first Men’s College World Series title in program history on Monday night, 6-5.

The Aggies put pressure on the Volunteers in the ninth inning, scoring one run with two outs, but Tennessee pitcher Aaron Combs struck out infielder Ted Burton to end the game.

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Tennessee’s Hunter Ensley (9) slides safely to home past Texas A&M’s Jackson Appel (20) during Game 3 of the NCAA College World Series finals between Tennessee and Texas A&M at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday. (Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Tennessee started the game with a Christian Moore home run, which got Vols fans in Omaha out of their seats. Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and country music star Morgan Wallen were even spotted hugging each other as they hoped for a victory.

Texas A&M tied the game when Gavin Grahovac singled to score Travis Chestnut in the second inning. Tennessee responded with a Dylan Dreiling sacrifice fly and a Dean Curley RBI single.

Dreiling, who had a heroic effort in Game 2, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. Kavares Tears’ RBI double then made it 6-1. The game was going Tennessee’s way, but Texas A&M began to make a comeback in the eighth inning.

Tennessee's Zander Sechrist pitches

Tennessee starting pitcher Zander Sechrist throws against Texas A&M in the first inning of Game 3 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Nebraska, on Monday. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

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Two runs in the eighth inning and two runs in the ninth made Vols fans sweat, but once Combs struck out Burton, it was pure jubilation.

Dreiling, Tears, Curley, Hunter Ensley and Blake Burke racked up two hits each in the win. Ensley stunned the audience with his ability to get around a tag on a play at the plate to score in the seventh.

Tennessee’s Zander Sechrist got the start for the Vols, lasting 5.1 innings and striking out seven batters.

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Texas A&M checks on the pitcher

Texas A&M starting pitcher Justin Lamkin, center, wipes his brow as he meets on the mound with catcher Jackson Appel, left, and assistant coach Max Weiner, right, after walking a Tennessee batter in the first inning of Game 3 of the NCAA College World Series baseball finals in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

The last time Tennessee was a runner-up in the College World Series final was in 1951 – Oklahoma beat them 3-2 that year.

About 73 years later, the Vols are bringing a title back home to Knoxville.

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