Dusty Johnson earned his first win with 4 2/3 innings of relief.
Feb. 16, 2003
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.
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.
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.
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.