Feb. 12, 2005
HOUSTON -- The Tennessee baseball team had its bats working early Saturday, but No. 10-ranked Baylor limited the Vols to just one hit in the final five innings as the Bears posted a 3-2 victory on day two of the 2005 Minute Maid College Classic at Minute Maid Park.
Tennessee fell to 0-2 with the loss, while Baylor improved to 2-0. The contest marked the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
Tennessee began the day's scoring in the first inning. Vols leadoff man Eli Iorg singled to center field and then advanced to second on a well-placed Josh Alley bunt. Iorg then took third on a ground out before scoring on a Chase Headley grounder.
Baylor answered in the second inning as Zach Dillon's RBI double scored Michael Griffin, who had previously singled.
In the top of the third, Headley drove in Alley, who stole third base after singling and advancing on a walk.
The Bears evened things up at 2-2 courtesy of a Kyle Reynolds homer to right center in the bottom of the fourth. Baylor then went ahead for good one inning later, as Kevin Russo scored on a Reid Brees RBI single.
In addition to leading the Vols with two hits, Alley also provided a highlight-reel catch in the bottom of the seventh. Baylor's Chase Gerdes blasted a fly ball deep in center field, and Alley brought the crowd to its feet when he sprinted back to make a diving grab at the warning track.
Trey Taylor (1-0) picked up the win for Baylor. He gave up five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings of work. Bears junior Abe Woody came on for the save and retired the first three batters in the ninth.
Vols sophomore Sean Watson (0-1) pitched well but took the loss for UT. He lasted 6 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs while striking out five batters and logging no walks. Prior to the seventh inning, Watson gave way to senior Chris Howell, who held Baylor in check and posted one strikeout in two swift innings of action.
Tennessee concludes its trip to Houston with a noon ET meeting vs. No. 23-ranked Oklahoma State (4-1) Sunday. Vols freshman left-hander James Adkins, from Mt. Juliet, will make his first collegiate appearance, while the Cowboys throw junior lefty Adam Daniels.
The Vols lead the all-time series with Oklahoma State 3-1, with the last meeting coming in 1997 (OSU 6, UT 1 in the NCAA tournament).