Feb. 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee senior Zack Godley struck out nine in seven strong innings, but the Vol offense couldn't find an answer for the Arizona State pitching staff on Friday evening as UT fell 4-0 to the 20th-ranked Sun Devils in the 2013 home opener at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
ASU starting pitcher Trevor Williams was the main culprit, holding the Big Orange to just three hits through seven shutout frames. A teammate of Godley's on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team led by UT head coach Dave Serrano this past summer, Williams finished with eight strikeouts and just one walk in the contest, throwing strikes on 71 percent of his pitches (63 of 89).
Southpaw reliever Brett Lilek then closed out the contest for the Sun Devils, striking out four over two hitless frames. He did walk three, however, as the Vols put some pressure on late. All three of his walks came in the bottom of the ninth, allowing Tennessee to load the bases with two outs before a groundout to first ended the game.
Freshman relief pitcher Trevor Charpie pitched the final two innings for the Vols, yielding two hits and striking out one in a scoreless outing out of the bullpen.
Arizona State got the scoring started in the top of the second with an RBI single off the bat of Nathaniel Causey. A three-run home run by Trever Allen in the fifth accounted for the only other runs in the contest.
Tennessee and 20th-ranked ASU will be back at it at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Vols will send freshman right-hander Aaron Quillen (0-0, 1.80) to the mound, while the Sun Devils will counter with sophomore southpaw Adam McCreery (0-0, 12.00).