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Tennessee Routs Bethune-Cookman 15-2 in Game One of Doubleheader
Sean Watson

Sean Watson

Feb. 19, 2005

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KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee baseball team cranked out 17 hits and three home runs on its way to a 15-2 rout over Bethune-Cookman in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Sophomore Sean Watson tallied a career-high eight strikeouts while posting his first win of the season.

With the lingering threat of rain Sunday, both coaches agreed to play the last two games of the series in a Saturday doubleheader. Tennessee's last doubleheader came in the 2004 NCAA Kinston (N.C) Regional, where the Vols defeated Stony Brook 1-0 before falling to UNC Wilmington 4-3.

Bethune-Cookman (0-9) dealt the first blow Saturday afternoon when first baseman Rob Caruso's single scored leadoff man Carlos Pickornell in the top of the first.

After posting hits in each of his first four at-bats in the series opener Friday, Tennessee catcher J.P. Arencibia drilled a two-RBI single to left field in his first plate appearance Saturday. Arencibia advanced to second on the play courtesy of an error on Wildcats' left fielder Jon Roberts.

Tennessee shortstop Eric King singled in the second to score Kelly Edmundson, who led off the inning with a double. King later crossed home when Vols co-captain Eli Iorg hit a fly ball just out of the reach of Bethune-Cookman second baseman Carlos Pickornell.

With Iorg already on base, Vols' third baseman Chase Headley reached on a single. That set the stage for the hot-hitting Arencibia, who took full advantage of the situation and sent a home run over the newly-reconfigured left-field fence to give Tennessee a 7-1 lead.

The Vols (3-2) built their lead to 8-1 with a King RBI sacrifice fly that allowed Michael Rivera to score in the top of the third.

The game's scoring then subsided until a Francisco Gomez wild pitch cleared the way for Josh Alley to cross home in the bottom of the sixth and make it 9-1 in favor of Tennessee.

Bethune-Cookman picked up its second run of the game in the top of the seventh on a delayed double steal, with Pickornell taking second and Bobby Gilbert taking home moments later.

Big Orange found paydirt over the left-field fence once again in the seventh inning. Headley's first home run of the season was good for two runs, as Josh Alley had reached base on an error and then advanced to second on a balk during Headley's at-bat. That balk allowed King to score for UT.

Even senior pitcher Joey Andrews -- seeing action as a left fielder this weekend -- joined into the base-clearing festivities. Andrews saw a pitch he liked and blasted it deep over the wall in left-center, scoring Suarez and Rivera. It was Andrews' first career home run.

Watson (1-1) allowed one run on six hits with a career-high eight strikeouts and two walks in six solid innings of work.

Wildcats' starting pitcher Frank Radziwon lasted two innings and was pulled after giving up eight runs on nine hits while striking out one batter and walking another. Radziwon's record moves to 0-2 on the year. Francisco Gomez and Kenneth Barnes made relief appearances for Bethune-Cookman, combining to throw six innings.

After being hit by pitches twice in Saturday's first game, Suarez moved into a tie for 10th place on Tennessee's career hit-by-pitch list with 21 (Nick Crowe was hit 21 times from 2002-04).

 

 

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