Feb. 5, 2006

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Tennessee held on -- thanks in large part to relievers Craig Cobb and Sean Watson -- to win the first contest of Sunday's doubleheader at 18th-ranked Florida Atlantic 9-8. Cobb picked up his first win of the season, tossing 2 1/3 solid innings, and Watson worked the final two innings to log a save in his first appearance of the year.

The Vols used a two-run sixth inning to take the lead for good, with freshman outfielder Ryan Jones driving in the tying run and scoring the go-ahead tally on one of four Owls errors in the game.

FAU out-hit Tennessee 12-9 in game one, but the Vols tallied runs in six different innings. UT got a pair of hits from both Kelly Edmundson and Julio Borbon, and true freshman outfielder Jarred Frazier scored twice for UT.

Edmundson delivered a two-out RBI single with runners on the corners in the top of the first inning, allowing J.P. Arencibia to score from third base to open the day's scoring. Tennessee junior Chris Siewert drew a bases-loaded walk later in the top of the first to give the Vols an early two-run lead.



FAU scratched its first run when Robbie Widlansky scored from third on a fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, trimming the Owls' deficit to two runs.

Florida Atlantic took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning courtesy of three consecutive RBI doubles that combined to bring in four runs. Vols newcomer Josh Lindblom then soon gave way to right-hander Ty Pryor, who was also making his Tennessee debut, during the bottom of the third.

Miami, Fla., native Brian Van Kirk dug in to pinch hit for the Vols with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth. The sophomore outfielder drew an RBI-walk to bring UT within one run, 5-4.

Then in the fifth, UT put runners on the corners with one out to chase FAU starter Chris Salberg from the game. Right-hander Brandon Cooney came on in relief and quickly gave up a two-RBI single to Borbon, whose solid at-bat plated Michael Rivera and Ryan Castellanos to give UT its lead back, 6-5.

The Owls countered in the bottom of the inning notching two runs on three hits to reclaim a one-run advantage. Both runs came on a single by Justin Martin.

Lindblom ran into some hot bats in the third inning and exited after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Pryor's debut lasted two innings, and he was touched for a pair of runs on three hits.

Cobb was called upon by the Vols in the fifth inning and managed to hinder the Owls' offensive attack. The Knoxville, Tenn., native allowed one unearned run on two hits with a pair of inning-ending Ks. Watson punched out four Owls batters while giving up just one hit through the final two innings.

Tennessee added one run in the seventh, when Borbon scored from third on an RBI groundout by shortstop Tony Delmonico. That brought the score to 9-7, but FAU mounted one final charge. The Owls scratched one last run in the bottom of the seventh to bring the final tally to 9-8 and set the stage for the series-finale.

Salberg lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on six hits with six walks and six Ks. FAU reliever Brandon Cooney took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season.

The second game of Sunday's doubleheader, scheduled to begin 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one, was shortened to seven innings.



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