Feb. 24, 2007

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KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee baseball team swept its doubleheader against IPFW Saturday, posting a 9-1 triumph in Game 2 and completing its first three-game series sweep this season. The Volunteers now stand at 6-5 on the year after outscoring the Mastodons by a combined score of 20-2 Saturday.

Tennessee used a season-high 16 hits and seven stolen bases to win Game 1 of the doubleheader 11-1.

The Big Orange collected 12 hits to just four for IPFW (0-6) in the seven-inning series-finale. The Vols committed no errors on the weekend and established some much-needed offensive momentum as the beginning of the Southeastern Conference schedule looms less than three weeks away.

Tennessee loaded the bases with its first three batters in the bottom of the first inning. Then following a popout, first baseman Ryan Jones took an RBI hit-by-pitch to plate leadoff man Danny Lima. Catcher Yan Gomes followed that up with a two-run double to the gap in right-center, and Andy Simunic kept things going with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Left fielder Jarred Frazier continued UT's first-inning barrage by lining an RBI basehit up the middle to bring in Gomes. All told, the Vols sent 10 batters to the plate in the first, resulting in five runs on three hits. That would prove to be all that was needed.

Vols third baseman Cody Brown drove in shortstop Tony Delmonico with an RBI single in the second, extending UT's lead to 5-0. IPFW starter Matt Antos (0-1) was lifted after just 1 1/3 innings. He took the loss after giving up six runs on six hits. Reliever Ben Boehne threw the final 4 2/3 frames for the Mastodons.

Tennessee got a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field from designated hitter Shawn Griffin in the bottom of the fourth. It was his first longball as a Vol. Outfielders Simunic and Daniel Beasley also pitched in with consecutive RBI singles to bring the score to 9-0.

Vols starting pitcher Lance McClain threw a pre-designated four innings and improved to 2-2 on the year after scattering two hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Ryne Simpson was the first Vol out of the bullpen, and he hit three of the first five batters he faced in the fifth.

Mastodons catcher Tony Nichting took the RBI hit-by-pitch that brought in IPFW's first run of the game. Simpson worked one full frame before giving way to freshman right-hander Ryan Butner, who recorded three strikeouts in his one inning of action.

Nick Hernandez pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Vols, who return to action next weekend with a three-game series against Illinois-Chicago at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee has never previously faced the Flames on the baseball diamond.





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