Feb. 9, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Walter Sevilla went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Tennessee Volunteers posted a 16-3 victory over the Morehead State Eagles Sunday for the three-game sweep at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Sevilla was joined by Javi Herrera's three-hit, three-RBI day as the Volunteers (3-0) pounded out 17 hits. Michael Rivera, Alex Suarez and Nick Crowe also had two hits apiece, while Jordan Czarniecki added three RBI.
Once again, the pitching staff kept the Eagles (0-3) in check as four Vol hurlers combined for 10 strikeouts while yielding just six hits and one walk.
For the weekend, Tennessee pitchers were touched for just five runs on 15 hits while posting 39 strikeouts against four walks in 27 innings for a 1.33 ERA.
Brandon Crowe (1-0), who was designated for four innings of work, earned the win as he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with three strikeouts. It was his first appearance since appearing in relief at Vanderbilt on May 12, 2001, after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
Adam Crawford (0-1) took the loss as he was roughed up for nine runs (three earned) on eight hits in two innings.
Dustin Miles went 3-for-4 to lead the Eagles. Kevin Bryant and Kevin Matuszek collected RBI in the first as Morehead State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. The first three hitters rapped out three straight hits, including a run scoring triple by Bryant who later scored on a ground out by Matuszek.
It would be their only lead in the series as the Vols would tally 10 runs over the next three innings. In the bottom of the first Sevilla doubled home Czarniecki and later scored on Javi Herrera's base hit to even the score at 2-2.
Two Eagle errors cost Morehead State five unearned runs in the second as the Vols grabbed a 7-2 lead. Brian Cleveland drove in two, while Herrera added an RBI double and Czarniecki plated one on a groundout.
Brandon Baarstad drove in Miles for the Eagles' third run in the third run.
Tennessee tallied three more in the bottom of the third, four in the sixth and two in the eighth for the final margin.
The Volunteers now travel to Charleston, S.C., to play in the ESPN Radio 1340 Shootout hosted by The Citadel, Feb. 21-23.