Feb. 8, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Shortstop Brian Cleveland drove in four runs while four Tennessee pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts in an 8-2 victory over the Morehead State Eagles. The win gives the Volunteers the series win as they improved to 2-0 on the season.
Chad LeGate went 3-for-5 to lead the 11-hit Tennessee attack.
Derek Tharpe (1-0), a junior transfer from Samford, struck out a career-high 11 batters in five innings for the win. He was touched for one run on four hits.
Cleveland got Tennessee started with a two-run double off the left field wall that gave the Vols a 2-0 lead in the third. Jordan Czarniecki led off the frame with a single and was followed by Walter Sevilla who drew a walk before scoring.
Tennessee added three more in the fourth for a 5-0 lead. Czarniecki provided the key hit with a two-run single. He would later score on Cleveland's sacrifice fly.
The Vols then added single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh for the final 8-2 margin. LeGate singled home Alex Suarez who doubled with one out in the fifth. Then in the sixth, Sevilla led off with a triple and was later driven in on Cleveland's ground out for his fourth RBI. LeGate would score on Sevilla's double in the seventh for Tennessee's eighth run.
Morehead State (0-2) got on the board in the fourth when Brian Baarstad scored on a wild pitch after doubling to lead off the frame. They added their second run in the seventh when Bryan Ingram scored on Dustin Miles' double.
Augie Cabral (0-1) took the loss for the Eagles.
The series finale is Sunday at 2 p.m.