Feb. 17, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee starting pitchers James Adkins (7) and Josh Lindblom (13) both set season-highs for strikeouts Friday as the eighth-ranked Volunteers baseball team posted a pair of shutout wins over Morehead State. The Vols improved to 6-1 on the year and remain undefeated at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. A crowd of 928 witnessed the doubleheader sweep.
The series-finale is slated to begin Saturday at 2 p.m. Junior right-hander Deunte Heath will make his second career start on the mound for the Vols, and the Eagles will counter with right-handed freshman Josh Barnes.
Saturday's contest can be heard via webcast through www.UTsports.com.
While Tennessee collected eight hits in the series-opener, Adkins and junior closer Sean Watson combined to limit Morehead State (0-2) to just three. Adkins improved to 3-0 on the year, and Watson tossed a perfect final frame to notch his fourth save in as many tries this season.
Morehead State's game-one starter, Shane Lucci, did a fine job of keeping the UT hitters off-balance through seven innings. The right-hander was touched for one run on six hits but ultimately took the loss to drop to 0-1 on the year.
Tennessee got things rolling in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring one run on three hits. After three consecutive Vols reached base, freshman shortstop Tony Delmonico plated Ryan Jones with an RBI single to centerfield.
Sophomore Brian Van Kirk's RBI sacrifice fly in the eighth inning allowed Delmonico to score from third and make the score 2-0 in favor of Tennessee. Senior second baseman Michael Rivera then stretched the Vols' lead to three with an RBI double that scored J.P. Arencibia.
In game two, UT freshman outfielder Jarred Frazier put the Vols on the scoreboard by drilling an RBI single through the right side of the infield. Van Kirk, who had drawn a walk four batters earlier, scored on Frazier's first career RBI.
Delmonico scored from third base in the third inning on a groundout by Van Kirk. That gave the Big Orange an early 2-0 lead. Then in the fifth inning, Arencibia pushed the lead UT lead to 3-0 with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field. It was the preseason All-America's first homer of the year and the 15th of his career.
Eagles reliever Tyler Hess walked two Vols and hit two more in the bottom of the sixth inning. Arencibia took one for the team with the bases loaded, bringing in Rivera to make the score 5-0.
Sophomore Julio Borbon gave UT an extra insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI groundout that plated Frazier. Then after being hit by a pitch, Delmonico scored from first base when Arencibia sent an RBI double to the left-field corner to bring the Tennessee lead to seven runs.
As the bottom of the eighth wore on, a Morehead State error brought in a run, and an RBI fielder's choice by Rivera stretched Tennessee's lead to 9-0.
Lindblom, UT's game-two starter, retired the first 11 Eagles he faced and went on to strikeout a career-high13 while allowing just one hit with one walk in eight outstanding innings of work.
Vols junior Craig Cobb worked the ninth inning of game two for Tennessee.
Morehead State sent right-hander Henry Mabee to the mound in game two, and he was chased after giving up two runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts through four innings. Mabee took the loss to drop to 0-1 on the year. Hess and three other Eagles relievers combined to allow seven runs on five hits through four frames.
Watson's game-one save was the 11th of his career, giving him a solo grip on second place in the all-time Tennessee record book.
Tennessee's offensive leaders on the day were Frazier (4-for-5 with 1 RBI) and Arencibia (4-for-7 with 3 RBIs). Rivera drove in a pair of runs for UT.