Feb. 15, 2003
Charleston, S.C. - As the temperatures heated up in the low country so did Tennessee's bats as the Volunteers pounded 14 hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the James Madison Dukes at Riley Park in the ESPN Radio 1340 Shootout.
The win did not come easy. After jumping out to an early 5-0 after four innings, James Madison (0-2) chased Vol starter Derek Tharpe with a six-run fifth. Tharpe cruised through the first four-plus innings, retiring 12 of the first 15 batters he faced, before the Dukes parlayed two walks, four straight singles, a sacrifice fly and an error into six runs to take the lead at 6-5.
The Volunteers escaped the little hiccup with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame as they took the lead for good at 8-6. Chad LeGate came up with a two-run single after Jeremy Cabbage, substituting for the injured Javi Herrera, looped a RBI single earlier that tied the game at 6-6. Herrera left the game in the fourth with a bruised right knee after being hit with a foul ball. He will play in Sunday's game against Old Dominion at 10 a.m.
Luke Hochevar (1-0) picked up the win as he kept the Dukes in check, holding them to one hit in 4 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He retired eight of the last nine hitters he faced with a hit batsman as the only blemish.
Five Vols collected two hits as Tennessee improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2001. They will look for their first 6-0 start since the school's best start of 8-0 in 1992.
Greg Nesbitt (0-1) took the loss for the Dukes.
Cabbage drove in his second run of the day in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-6, while an groundout and an error led to a couple of insurance runs in the ninth.
Alex Suarez got the Vols going in the second as he delivered an RBI double and later plated on a single by LeGate. Then in the third, Walter Sevilla and Herrera added RBI singles while Jordan Czarniecki connected with an RBI double in the fourth to give the Vols the 5-0 advantage.