Feb. 26, 2006

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A solo 400-foot home run to dead centerfield by senior designated hitter Kelly Edmundson gave the sixth-ranked Tennessee baseball team a lead it would not relinquish as the Volunteers defeated Coastal Carolina 10-6 Sunday in the final game of the 2006 Baseball at the Beach Tournament at Coastal Federal Field.

Though they trailed by two runs after three innings, the Vols improved to 7-2 on the year with the win. Tennessee was scoreless through the first three frames but went on to produce three three-run innings.

Edmundson, senior first baseman Chris Kemp, freshman shortstop Tony Delmonico and freshman left fielder Jarred Frazier each drove in two runs for the Vols. Sophomore centerfielder Julio Borbon extended his hit streak to nine games and is batting a team-high .421.

Junior reliever Craig Cobb entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and picked up the win to improve to 2-0 this season. The Knoxville, Tenn., native allowed just one hit in 3 1/3 innings while lowering his season ERA to a team-best 0.47 with 19 1/3 innings under his belt thus far.



Coastal Carolina (3-6) put a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the second inning, and an RBI single through the right side of the infield by Adam Vrable plated both runners to give CCU an early 2-0 lead.

Then in the top of the fourth, Edmundson drove in catcher J.P. Arencibia with an RBI fielder's choice. Arencibia and Kemp had previously led off the inning with back-to-back basehits for the Vols.

The Chanticleers plated their third run of the game in the fourth inning when Vrable plated Chris Raber with an RBI fielder's choice. CCU had runners on second and third as Vrable sent a roller to Vols third baseman Cody Brown, who was able to chase down the third out in the basepaths, but not before Raber crossed home plate to put Coastal ahead 3-1.

Tennessee loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth inning, setting the stage for an RBI sacrifice fly by Delmonico. Right fielder Brian Van Kirk scored from third on the play, and Frazier and Borbon then advanced to third and second base, respectively, on a balk by CCU starting pitcher Kevin Salmon.

So with UT trailing by one run, Arencibia stepped into the batter's box and drove in Frazier with an RBI groundout. Borbon then made a dash for third base on the throw and eventually strolled home when Coastal Carolina first baseman Matt Sutton's throw to third missed wide. Borbon's eighth run of the season gave the Vols their first lead of the day, 4-3.

But the Chanticleers promptly scratched another run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Brant Peacher that tied the contest at 4-4.

After Edmundson's solo blast, which was his first of the year and the 12th of his career, Tennessee proceeded to stretch its lead to 7-4 on a two-RBI double by Frazier.

The Vols added three insurance runs in the eighth inning courtesy of an RBI double by Delmonico and a two-RBI double by Kemp.

Coastal Carolina rallied to post two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Junior closer Sean Watson worked the final frame for UT.

Vols starter Josh Lindblom threw 4 2/3 innings and allowed four runs on three hits with five walks and four Ks.

Salmon was lifted after giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five full innings. He was credited with the loss, and a trio of Chanticleers relievers combined to give up four runs on six hits.

Tennessee returns home to Knoxville to host a three-game series against Oakland March 3-5 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols posted a 15-0 victory over the Grizzlies last season on Rocky Top in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Cobb was the winning pitcher for UT in that contest, and Arencibia went 2-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored.



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