Tennessee Cruises Past James Madison, 17-0

Feb. 25, 2005

Box Score

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Tennessee baseball team's offense produced a season-high 22 hits while its pitching staff limited James Madison to just three hits as the Volunteers defeated the Dukes 17-0 on the first night of the 2005 Hughes Brothers Baseball Challenge. Tennessee improved to 5-3 this year with the victory.

Freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia and senior shortstop Eric King both tallied five hits in six at-bats, while Michael Rivera drove in three runs. The Vols flirted with the school record for doubles in a game, falling one short of the record with nine doubles Friday.

Vols starter Sean Watson (2-1) picked up his second win of the season. The right-handed sophomore allowed no runs on only two hits with two walks and a career-high-tying eight strikeouts.

Tennessee began the night's scoring in the top of the first when junior Eli Iorg doubled to right-center to score Josh Alley, who had previously reached on a double of his own.

One batter later, with Arencibia at the plate, Iorg stole third base and then made his way home after a throwing error by JMU catcher Dan Santobianco. Arencibia later scored on a single by junior second baseman Michael Rivera to extend the Vols' lead to 3-0.

On Tennessee's next at-bat, senior Eric King hit an RBI single to left field, allowing Chase Headley to score.

Watson got off to a shaky start in the bottom of the first, surrendering a double and two walks and striking out one against his first four batters faced. The right-handed sophomore recovered, however, and escaped the inning with no runs scored as the Dukes stranded three.



Alley doubled to start the second inning and Arencibia doubled deep to center two batters later. Headley then stepped into the batter's box and laced yet another double that brought home both runners and gave the Vols a 6-0 advantage.

Tennessee's second-inning scoring surge continued when another throwing error by Santobianco gave Kelly Edmundson and Alex Suarez an opportunity to cross home. Suarez had previously reached on a double -- one of six UT doubles in the first two innings.

After logging a single following Suarez's at-bat, Rivera advanced to second on a base hit by King. Rivera then scored on a single by Alley to make it 11-0 Tennessee.

In the bottom of the fifth, Headley walked on four straight pitches to reach base for the third time in the game. Designated hitter Edmundson then hit an RBI double that enabled Headley to score from first.

The next batter for Tennessee, Suarez, then knocked in Edmundson with yet another double -- Tennessee's eighth of the evening. Rivera was then hit by JMU hurler Clay McKim, and a Borbon ground out allowed Suarez to score, making the score 14-0 in favor of the Big Orange.

Tennessee tacked on another run in the fifth, as Rivera crossed the plate on a single by Alley.

As UT's first batter in the bottom of the sixth, Arencibia blasted his team-leading third home run of the season over the wall in left-center.

UT's final run came when freshman Daniel Beasley drove in Rob Fitzgerald on a ground-out in the top of the ninth.

Junior lefty Trey Bridges worked two full innings for the Vols and struck out one batter before giving way to redshirt freshman Chase Hardin, who allowed one hit in the game's final inning.

James Madison starter Jacob Cook lasted 3 2/3 innings and was lit up for 11 runs (seven earned) on 14 hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Clay McKim, Ryan Reid and Josh Eye also saw time on the mound for JMU.

The Vols lead the all-time series with James Madison 2-0, with the only other meeting resulting in an 11-6 UT victory in 2003 in Charleston, S.C.

Tennessee returns to the diamond Saturday at 3 p.m., to face UNC Wilmington (5-6). The Seahawks eliminated the Vols from last season's NCAA tournament. Luke Hochevar (1 -1, 0.75 ERA) is slated to start for UT, and Ronald Hill (1-1, 1.59 ERA) n will throw for UNC Wilmington.



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