Feb. 12, 2005
HOUSTON -- Six Tennessee errors led to seven Texas A&M runs as the Volunteers baseball team fell to the No. 9-ranked Aggies 10-1 Friday evening at Minute Maid Park.
The contest marked the season-opener for both teams and the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
Tennessee ace Luke Hochevar (0-1) took the hard-luck loss, as he was touched for five runs (four unearned) in five innings of work with six strikeouts and two walks. Hochevar retired six consecutive batters at one point and gave up two hits in his first four innings.
Texas A&M began the night's scoring in the third inning when Keith Stein Jr. scored on a Parker Dalton single. Stein had previously reached first on a walk and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cliff Pennington then singled up the middle, and Stein was forced to stop at third after an impressive diving stop by Vols shortstop Eric King.
Three UT errors led to four unearned runs in the fifth as the Aggies built a 5-1 lead. Dalton and Austin Boggs each recorded RBI singles, marking Texas A&M's only two hits of the inning.
Texas A&M added a run in the seventh when Cliff Pennington crossed home on a Boggs double. And a Tennessee error opened the floodgates in the eighth, as the Aggies tacked on three insurance runs to build a 9-1 lead.
Aggies sophomore Jason Meyer (1-0) logged seven innings for the win, surrendering one run on five hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Tennessee sophomore Craig Cobb threw 2 2/3 relief innings and gave up eight hits while striking out two batters. Cobb then gave way to junior Trey Bridges, who walked one and gave up two hits in the final 1 1/3 innings.
The Vols face No. 10-ranked Baylor (1-0) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET. Right-handed sophomore Sean Watson is slated to start for Tennessee, with left-handed senior Trey Taylor expected to take the mound for the Bears.