Feb. 28, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Josh Alley turned in an All-Star performance as he helped lead the Tennessee Volunteers to a doubleheader sweep of the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Lindsey Nelson Stadium by scores of 6-4 and 11-2. The Vols go for the series sweep Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
In the two games, Alley went 7-for-10 with three doubles, two home runs, five runs scored and five RBI as Tennessee won its 11th-straight home game to improve to 6-2. Eastern Michigan dropped its third straight game to fall to 3-6.
After slugging two home runs with three RBI in game one to key the come-from-behind win, Alley tied a school record with three doubles in a 5-for-6 performance in game two with three runs scored and two RBI.
In the second game, the Vols managed to score in every inning except the fourth en route to the 11-2 win.
Kyle Norrid hit his first home run of the season leading off the fifth giving Tennessee a 5-0 lead.
Ryan Arnett's provided EMU's only runs with a two-run home run in the eighth.
Derek Tharpe (2-0) scattered five hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks in the win.
Eagle starter Trevor Carpenter (0-2) was saddled with the loss in six innings of work.
In game one, Alley slugged two home runs and drove in three run as Tennessee used a five-run fifth inning to spur onto victory.
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 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.
Brad Hrovat's RBI single in the sixth pulled the Eagles to within 5-4.
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.
Scot Drucker struck out seven over the final final four innings for his first save.
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.