Feb. 23, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - In game one of the doubleheader, Tennessee exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning, overcoming a 2-0 deficit, to post an 8-2 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With its third last at-bat win in the last four games, the Volunteers improved to 7-0. BGSU dropped its season opener to fall to 0-1.
The Vols sent 12 men to the plate, pounding out seven hits while benefiting from three walks and two errors in the decisive frame. Brian Cleveland, who went 3-for-4, tied the game with a two-run single and later scored the go-ahead run on Michael Rivera's single. A Falcon error and a walk led to two more runs before Nick Crowe added an RBI single for a 6-0 lead. Jordan Czarniecki capped the scoring with a two-run single.
Nolan Reimold's two-out two-run home run to left put the Falcons up 2-0 in the sixth.
Luke Hochevar (2-0) earned his second win in relief after tossing three scoreless innings, extending his scoreless innings pitched streak to 10 1/3 innings. He gave up just two hits while striking out five and walking one. He
Vol starter Ben Riley worked six innings, giving up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Burke Badenhop (0-1) suffered the loss as he was touched for four runs on six hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Falcon starter Kyle Knoblauch tossed five shutout innings, giving up three hits.