Feb. 23, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers swept a doubleheader from the Bowling Green State Falcons at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to tie the 1992 team for the best start in school history at 8-0. The Falcons fall to 0-2.
In game one, the Vols exploded for eight runs in the eighth inning to post an 8-2 victory. Then in game two, shortened to eight innings due to a time limit, the Vols Michael Rivera drove home pinch runner Josh Alley with the go-ahead run in the sixth as the Vols went on to a 5-2 victory.
With its third last at-bat win in the last four games, the Volunteers sent 12 men to the plate, pounding out seven hits while benefiting from three walks and two errors in the decisive frame in the first game. Brian Cleveland, who went 3-for-4, tied the game with a two-run single and later scored the go-ahead run on Rivera's single. A Falcon error and a bases loaded 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.
In game two, with the score even at 2-2 Rivera drove home pinch runner Josh Alley with the go-ahead run in the sixth. The Vols added two more in the seventh on a double by Walter Sevilla and a Brian Cleveland single as the Vols went on to a 5-2 victory.
Tom Oestrike (0-1) took the loss in relief of starter Neil Schmitz who worked four innings.
Tennessee took a 2-0 lead after four on Kyle Norrid's RBI double in the second and a groundout in the fourth. But the Falcons plated single runs in the fifth and sixth on a groundout and wild pitch, respectively, to even the score 2-2.
Tennessee continues its nine-game home stand when it faces off against West Virginia Mar. 1-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET.