Vols Rally To Defeat Old Dominion, 5-4

Feb. 16, 2003

Box Score

Charleston, S.C. - Michael Rivera drew a bases loaded scoring Javi Herrera with the go-ahead run as the Tennessee Volunteers overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Old Dominion Monarchs 5-4 at the ESPN 1340 Radio Shootout at Riley Park.

Herrera, who also homered as part of a two-run sixth for the Vols, laced a one-out double to left and moved to third following two walks before scoring the winning run.

After Brandon LeNoir's two-run home blast to right and sacrifice fly put the Monarch's up 3-0 in the second, Derrick James then singled home Keith Hahn as Old Dominion extended its lead to 4-0 in the third. It was the first home run allowed by the Vols this season, covering 46 innings.

The Vols began their rally with a single run in the fifth thanks to a throwing error by ODU's second baseman Joe Moore on Josh Alley's bunt hit that allowed Michael Rivera to score.

They got two more back in the sixth as Brian Cleveland and Herrera hit back-to-back home runs leading off the inning to cut the gap to 4-3.

Walter Sevilla then doubled home Jordan Czarniecki, who led off with a double, to tie the game 4-4 in the seventh.

Dusty Johnson (1-0) earned the win after pitching 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing four hits with four strikeouts. Steve Wesley retired the final hitter on a long fly ball as he picked up his first save with the tying run at third.

Brandon Crowe lasted only two innings, surrendering three runs on four hits. Junior Patrick Green also made his debut on the mound, giving up one run on five hits in two innings.



Old Dominion starter Kevin Evans kept the Vols in check through 4 2/3 innings. He struck out the first four hitters he faced and fanned seven while yielding one unearned run on five hits. Wayne Renfrow (0-1), ODU's fourth pitcher of the day, took the loss.

Tennessee returns to Knoxville to open a 10-game home stand with a three-game series against Bowling Green at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Feb. 21-23.



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