Feb. 14, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Strong pitching and timely hitting once again carried the Tennessee Volunteers as they swept a hastily scheduled doubleheader against Morehead State by scores of 14-0 and 29-1. The change in the schedule was due to impending inclement weather due to hit the East Tennessee area Sunday.
Combined with Friday's season opening 11-0 shutout and the first game of the doubleheader, it marked the first time since the 1995 Southeastern Conference Eastern Division tournament that Tennessee had recorded back-to-back shutouts. It was also the first time since 1982 that the Vols started a season with back-to-back shutouts.
In game one, third baseman Chase Headley atoned for his 0-for-5 debut by going 4-for-4 with three RBI as the Volunteers (3-0) pounded out 15 hits. Newcomer David Lamar came off the bench to drive in three runs, while Brian Cleveland, who had the only extra-base hit of the contest with a double in the seventh, added three RBI.
Tennessee jumped out a 5-0 lead in the first and led 9-0 after three innings. Two more runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh capped the scoring.
Derek Tharpe (1-0) pitched five innings for the win, allowing five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. The Vols' reliving corps of Ben Riley, Beau Massey and Chris Howell combined to hold the Eagles to three hits over the final four innings.
Travis Rima went 3-for-3 to pace Morehead State, which fell to 0-3 on the young season.
Casey Campbell (0-1) suffered the loss as he was roughed up nine runs (five earned) on seven hits in three innings.
In game two, Tennessee batted around three times and used a pair of 10-run innings while pounding out 21 hits en route to a 29-1 win. The 28-run winning margin bettered the previous mark of 26 set in a 34-8 rout of Georgia State in 1999.
Eric King tied a UT record with five runs scored while going 4-for-6 with two doubles and five RBI. Lamar once again came off the bench to drive in five runs, while Nick Crowe added four RBI. Alex Suarez drove in three, including a two-run home run.
The Eagles scored their lone run in the series when Matt Morris hit a solo home run in the fourth snapping UT's scoreless innings streak 21 1/3 innings.
Scot Drucker (1-0) earned the win after pitching a designated three innings. Adrian Duran (0-1) took the loss.
The Vols hit the road for the first time this season as they take on the Miami Hurricanes at Mark Light Stadium in Coral Gables, Fla., Feb. 20-22. Game times are 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 1 p.m.