Feb. 24, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team won Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader with IPFW by a score of 11-1. The 19th-ranked Volunteers reeled off a season-high 16 hits to go along with their season-high runs total while improving to 5-5 on the year. Tony Delmonico led the Vols with four hits and three RBIs.
Tennessee came within one out of its first shutout win of the year, but IPFW (0-5) outfielder Jared Davis's RBI double in the top of the ninth put the Mastadons on the board, 11-1.
Perhaps in response to the hot start by Tennessee starting pitcher James Adkins - who was perfect through three frames with six strikeouts - the Vols got their bats going in the bottom of the third. Infielders Danny Lima and Delmonico each recorded extra-base hit RBIs to lift UT to an early 2-0 lead. The first run was scored by junior Daniel Beasley, who singled in the first at-bat of his second career start.
Adkins retired 12 straight batters before Mastodons left fielder Quentin Brown led off the fifth with a basehit to right field. He would scatter only four hits through eight innings of work while picking up his first win of the season. Adkins finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts and is now just 10 Ks away from tying former Vol Luke Hochevar (2003-05) for second on UT's all-time list with 287.
After Delmonico logged a single and a double in his first two at-bats, respectively, he homered over the wall in left with one out in the bottom of the fifth. It was the sophomore's first longball of the season and the fourth of his career.
The Vols' first two batters of the sixth both reached base and advanced into scoring position, setting up a one-out, RBI groundout by Lima. That marked the end of IPFW starter Donnie Sixt's day, as the right-hander was lifted in favor of reliever Stacy Herrold. Sixt took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.
Tennessee first baseman Ryan Jones led off the bottom of the seventh with a hit-by-pitch, and he then stole second base. A throwing error by Herrold enabled Jones to take third, and he then proceeded to come home on a wild pitch. That run extended UT's lead to 5-0.
Later in the seventh, with no outs and the bases loaded, right fielder Andy Simunic plated Cody Brown with an RBI sacrifice fly. Lima and Delmonico each chipped in with RBI singles to help extend the Vols' lead to 8-0.
Tennessee added three insurance runs on four hits in the eighth, bringing the tally to 11-0. Junior reliever Zane Stone worked the final frame for the Vols.
Lima finished with three RBIs, and Simunic and Shawn Griffin each collected three hits. The Vols stole a season-high seven bases, of which Simunic had three.