Feb. 14, 2003
Charleston, S.C. - Walter Sevilla's RBI double snapped a 4-4 tie and Javi Herrera's two-run home run highlighted a five-run ninth inning as the Tennessee Volunteers took a 9-4 victory over The Citadel Bulldogs at the ESPN Radio 1340 Shootout at Riley Park.
It was a game of short lived leads for the Volunteers who led 2-0 after four, only to see the Bulldogs rally with two in the fifth. Then, after Tennessee took a 4-2 lead in seventh on a Sevilla single and a Bulldog error, Travis Weathers tied the game with a two-run single off reliever and eventual winner Steve Wesley (1-0).
Nick Crowe started the Tennessee rally with a lead off single to begin the ninth as the Vols sent nine men to the plate in the decisive frame. Then with one out, Tennessee reeled off four straight hits, including an RBI by Brian Cleveland and Herrera's home run.
Tennessee (4-0) got its bats going early with seven hits through the first four innings, but could only push two runs across. Sevilla, Cleveland and Crowe each collected three hits to pace the 16-hit Vol attack.
Cleveland, who tripled in the first and doubled in the second, scored on Alex Suarez's two-out infield single in the third. Then, Crowe singled home Kyle Norrid, who snapped an 0-for-8 skid, with a double in the fourth to give Tennessee a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs went on to tie the game in the fifth as they put together three straight infield hits, followed by a looping single to left by Jon Aughey and a bases loaded walk.
Vol starter Ben Riley continued his mastery of the strike zone as he punched out six in five innings, giving him 13 in 10.0 innings on the season. After giving up a lead off double to start the game, he proceeded to retire 11 of the next 13 batters he faced, before running into trouble in the fifth.
Joey Andrews came on to work 2 2/3 innings of relief, yielding to Wesley in the eighth after walking the eventual tying run. Wesley, who blew his first save opportunity, then gave up the fourth Vol walk of the game as the Bulldogs loaded the bases setting the table for Weathers' game-tying hit. Wesley managed to get the final out before Beau Massey pitched the the ninth.
Matt Hamer worked five innings for The Citadel (0-1), allowing two runs on seven hits, before giving way to freshman hurler Ken Egleton who pitched three innings.
Shannon Sprouse (0-1) was roughed up for four runs, while John Pollock was touched for another in the ninth for The Citadel.
The Volunteers take on James Madison at 10 a.m. Saturday in the second game of the Shootout.