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Vols Take First Game of Doubleheader, 6-4
Josh Alley's two-run home in the fifth gave the Vols a 4-3 lead.

Josh Alley's two-run home in the fifth gave the Vols a 4-3 lead.

Feb. 28, 2004

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Knoxville, Tenn. - Josh Alley slugged two home runs, driving in three as the Tennessee Volunteers used a five-run fifth inning en route to a 6-4 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the first game of a doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Alley became the first Vol since Jordan Czarniecki against Arkansas in 2002 to hit two home runs in a game. His first home run, a two-run shot, put the Vols ahead 4-3 in the fifth, while his second gave UT a two-run cushion at 6-4 in the sixth.

Eastern Michigan (3-5) jumped out to 3-0 lead on a two-run home run by Derrick Peterson in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third.

In the decisive fifth, Michael Rivera's two-run single got Tennessee (5-2) on the board, while Eli Iorg capped the scoring with an RBI double after Alley's home run.

Brad Hrovat's RBI single in the sixth pulled the Eagles to within 6-5.

Patrick Hicklen (1-0), making his first start since Apr. 13, 2002, picked up the win in five innings of work. It was his second victory over Eastern Michigan as he tossed 5 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball against the Eagles in 2002. Hicklen allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Ryan Ford (2-1) took the loss. After holding the Vols to one hit through the first four innings, he gave after facing seven batters in the fifth and giving up five runs.

 

 

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