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TENNESSEE POSTS A PAIR OF 3-2 WINS OVER EASTERN MICHIGAN
James Adkins

James Adkins

Feb. 10, 2006

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team posted a pair of one-run wins over Eastern Michigan Friday at UT's Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Strong pitching performances from starters James Adkins and Josh Lindblom helped the eighth-ranked Volunteers sweep the doubleheader and improve to 4-1 on the year. Junior closer Sean Watson logged two saves on the day.

A trio of Tennessee pitchers combined to limit Eastern Michigan (1-3) to one run on one hit as the Vols posted a 3-2 win in game one of Friday's doubleheader. And although the Eagles managed to match UT's hit-production in game two (nine), the Vols' bullpen came through to deliver the day's second 3-2 triumph for the Big Orange.

Julio Borbon led the Vols with four hits on the day, while J.P. Arencibia and Michael Rivera each collected three RBIs.

 

 

Adkins started game one and picked up the win to move to 2-0 on the year. The sophomore left-hander was strong through six innings, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and four strikeouts. Watson worked himself out of a jam in the top of the ninth and logged his second save of the season.

The Vols and Eagles battled through a pair of scoreless innings in the first game Friday before UT plated the day's first run in the bottom of the third. Arencibia drove in Borbon with an RBI single to left field to give Tennessee a one-run lead.

Eastern Michigan struck back quickly in the top of the fifth, as Jeff Hehr scored from third on an RBI groundout by Aaron Powell.

A two-run homer by Rivera in the sixth inning extended Tennessee's lead to 3-1. It was Rivera's sixth career home run and his fifth and sixth RBIs of the season.

Junior reliever Craig Cobb came on in the top of the seventh inning and struck out a pair of Eagles batters through two perfect innings on the hill. That set the stage for Watson to enter the game in the ninth, during which EMU managed to work two runners into scoring position and score one last run to make the final tally 3-2.

In Friday's second game, Arencibia once again dealt the first blow. The preseason All-America sent an RBI double to left-center field that allowed freshman shortstop Tony Delmonico to score all the way from first base in the first inning.

Then with the Vols holding a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, Borbon plated sophomore outfielder Brian Van Kirk with an RBI basehit. One batter later, Delmonico drove in fellow freshman Jarred Frazier with an RBI double of his own. Delmonico's sixth hit of the season made the score 3-0 Tennessee.

Eastern Michigan trimmed the score to 3-1 in the top of the third when Trumaine Riley scored on an RBI single by Steve Bradshaw. Then in the sixth, EMU outfielder Jeff Davis hit a single up the middle that brought home Derek Lehrman. But that would be all the offense the Eagles could muster.

Freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom made his second career start in game two Friday and notched the first win of his young career. He threw five solid innings and was touched for one run on three hits with three walks and eight Ks.

Cobb relieved Lindblom in the top of the sixth inning and allowed one run on five hits while striking out three Eagles. Freshman right-hander Ryne Simpson then worked 1/3 inning before Watson made his second appearance of the day.

Watson's two saves Friday gave him 10 for his career, moving him into a tie for second-place on Tennessee's all-time career list. Only Todd Helton has recorded more saves as a Vol (23 from 1993-95).

George Biddle (0-1) was the losing pitcher for EMU in game one, while Jeff Fischer (1-1) suffered the loss in game two. Both hurlers put forth complete-game efforts.

The series finale is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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