Christian Moore ties Blake Burke [again] for Tennessee home run record

On3 imageby:Eric Cain04/21/24


Junior Christian Moore has once again tied teammate Blake Burke for the Tennessee program record for home runs, blasting his 44th career long ball on Sunday in game three against Kentucky from Proud Park.

The latest record-tying homer came in the top of the third inning and was a two-run shot. It was Tennessee’s first hit of the ballgame as the Vols tallied only one base runner in the game before that point – a Cal Stark walk the batter before.

Moore previously tied the record on Sunday, April 14 against LSU as career home run No. 42 came in the bottom of the seventh in three-run fashion. He again tied the record at 43 on Saturday for all of about 45 seconds before Burke followed with a long shot right behind him, going back-to-back to begin the Saturday contest at Kentucky.

The power hitting teammates once again sit at the top of the all-time Tennessee home run marker at 44 career bombs. Luc Lipcius is in third place at 40 and Evan Russell five back at 39. VFL and now Major League Baseball Hall of Famer – Todd Helton – finished with 38 career home runs and comes in fourth all-time.

Moore has played with USA Baseball (2023 summer) and was a four-time preseason All-American entering the 2024 campaign. He was recently named to the Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List.

The Brentwood, Calif. native, Burke belted 14 home runs in 2022 as a true freshman. He accomplished the feat in his first collegiate season in only 95 at-bats as a part-time player. As a sophomore in 2023, Burke launched 16 home runs and now sits at 10 home runs thus far into the 2024 campaign.

He has been named a Perfect Game Freshman All-American (2022), Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American (2022) and to the SEC All-Freshman Team (2022). The first baseman was also named a Preseason All-American (2nd Team) by Baseball America ahead of the 2024 campaign.

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