Feb. 22, 2005
KNOXVILLE -- Knoxville native Craig Cobb picked up his first win of the season Tuesday as the Tennessee baseball team defeated Tennessee Tech 16-1 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. J.P. Arencibia, Josh Alley and Chase Headley each homered for the Volunteers, who churned out 18 hits and improved to 4-3 on the season.
Tuesday's game marked the much-anticipated collegiate debut for UT's speedy freshman outfielder Julio Borbon. Batting from the leadoff spot, Borbon walked in the bottom of the first and then promptly stole second base. Alley then stepped into the batter's box and sent a two-run home run over the wall in right field to give Tennessee an early 2-0 lead.
The Vols built their lead to 4-0 courtesy of two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Senior first baseman Alex Suarez doubled down the left-field line and scored one batter later when second baseman Rivera notched an RBI single. Suarez avoided the tag attempt of TTU catcher Britt Clubb on the play.
Rivera later scored when King doubled to deep left-center. King tried to take third but was thrown out on the play.
Tennessee continued to light up the scoreboard in the third inning, tacking on one more run. Arencibia doubled to lead off the inning and later crossed home on a wild pitch by Tennessee Tech starter Colt Ashman.
In the fourth inning, Arencibia continued to play the role of Tennessee's offensive spark plug. The Miami, Fla., native sent a solo home run over the left-field wall, marking his sixth RBI and second home run of the season.
The Golden Eagles (0-2) notched their first run of the afternoon in the top of the fifth, when Kenny Stiles came home on a Tennessee error.
In the bottom of the sixth, Suarez was hit by a Justin Fields pitch with the bases loaded, allowing Headley to cross home and extend the Vols' lead to 7-1. Suarez now ranks tied for seventh on Tennessee's career hit-by-pitch list with 24. He has been hit five times this season.
Tennessee again scored because of a hit batter in the seventh inning. Headley took one in the side with the bases loaded, and Borbon came home on the play. A Rob Fitzgerald sacrifice fly scored Alley later in the inning, and Kelly Edmundson and Headley both came home on an RBI single by Rivera.
King knocked in runs No. 12 and 13 for Tennessee later in the seventh when he doubled down the right-field line just out of the reach of diving TTU right fielder Shaun Sheehan.
Headley homered to left field in the eighth with Alley and Edmundson on base for the Vols. The blast was Headley's second home run of the season and the fourth of his career.
Cobb (1-0) made his first start of the year and allowed no runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts in a predetermined four-inning outing. Junior Jabe Beard then worked two innings and gave up one hit, one run (unearned) and a walk.
Tennessee Tech starter Colt Ashman (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in two innings. Michael Alcorn, Fields, Matt Kearney and Brandon Bornstein also made appearances on the mound for the Golden Eagles.
The Vols travel to head coach Rod Delmonico's hometown of Wilmington, N.C., this weekend to face three Colonial Athletic Association teams in the 2005 Hughes Brothers Baseball Challenge. Tennessee squares off against James Madison (0-0) Friday at 7 p.m., UNC Wilmington (5-4) Saturday at 3 p.m. and George Mason (1-2) Sunday at 1:30 p.m.