Feb. 23, 2007
KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee baseball team received outstanding performances from pitcher Craig Cobb and second baseman Danny Lima Friday as the Volunteers downed IPFW 6-1 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee improved to 4-5 with the victory, while the Mastodons dropped to 0-4.
Cobb improved to 3-1 on the year with his second complete-game win in as many starts. The senior tied a career-high with nine strikeouts while scattering six hits and allowing just one run. On the season, he has 27 strikeouts and only two walks.
Cobb's 12 career complete games put him in a tie for fifth all-time among UT pitchers. Eight of those performances have been wins.
Tennessee jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, and the burst was capped off by a two-run homer by Lima. The Vols' top hitter entering the series, Lima smacked a 3-1 pitch high into the left-field bleachers, driving in outfielder Andy Simunic from second base. Catcher Yan Gomes scored earlier in the frame on a wild pitch after initially reaching on a walk.
The Vols used three consecutive two-out hits to build their lead to 5-0 in the third inning. Gomes scored on an RBI double by Simunic after hitting his own double off the right-field wall, and Simunic was then driven in on a basehit up the middle by Lima.
The Mastodons spoiled UT's hopes for its first shutout win of the year when outfielder Ryan Beer poured an RBI basehit into centerfield in the sixth, scoring second baseman Mark Carden.
Lima's four RBIs on the day marked a career-high and were the most this season by a Vol. His second-inning homer was his first in a UT uniform. He has now hit safely in six straight games (every game in which he's played this year).
Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico - who is now batting right-handed rather than switch-hitting - went 2-for-4 on the day, and Gomes logged two hits while scoring three runs.
The series concludes Saturday with a doubleheader set to begin at noon. The teams will play one nine-inning contest followed by a seven-inning finale. Junior left-hander James Adkins (0-2, 2.25 ERA) will start game one, and fellow lefty Lance McClain (1-2, 12.19 ERA) will start game two.
With today's complete-game win over IPFW, Craig Cobb continued his impressive assault on the Tennessee records book ...
- His nine-inning performance today moved him into a tie for second place on UT's career innings pitched list. He is now tied with former Vol Jamie Bennett
(1999-2000) with 313.2 career innings pitched (R.A. Dickey holds the record with 434.0 innings from 1994-96).
- His 12th career complete game puts him into a tie for fifth place on UT's career list.
- His 72nd career appearance today tied him for second place along with former Vol great Todd Helton on the school's all-time list. The next time he takes
the mound, Cobb will tie Sean Watson (2004-06) and R.A. Dickey (1994-96) atop UT all-time list, and he will shatter the mark by season's end.
- Today's victory the 22nd of his career tied Cobb for fourth place on UT's all-time list. Only Chris Freeman (23 from 1993-94), Luke Hochevar (25 from 2003-05) and R.A. Dickey (38 from 1994-96) have won more games at Tennessee.