Feb. 28, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Chris Kemp homered and drove in four runs and Deunte Heath recorded his first win as a Volunteer as the sixth-ranked Tennessee baseball team defeated Lambuth 7-2 Tuesday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico went 3-for-4 at the plate, and Julio Borbon extended his hit streak to 10 games.
Tennessee collected 12 hits to just six for the Eagles. The Vols are now 8-2 overall and own a perfect 5-0 record at home this season.
Heath made just his second pitching start of the season after inclement weather forced the cancellation of his last three scheduled appearances. The junior right-hander tossed a predetermined four innings and improved his record to 1-1 after allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
After a leadoff popout in the bottom of the first inning, Tennessee put its next three batters on base. When Kemp dug in with the bases juiced, he drew an RBI walk to open the game's scoring.
Borbon led off the bottom of the third with a leadoff walk and then took third on a throwing error by Eagles starting pitcher Gabriel Cabrera. After a groundout by Delmonico put Borbon on third base, Kelly Edmundson sent an RBI single through the left side of the infield to make the score 2-0 Tennessee.
Later in the third, Kemp belted a three-run homer to left field, driving in Edmundson and designated hitter J.P. Arencibia. The home run was Kemp's team-leading second of the season and the fourth of his career.
Lambuth (7-6) managed its two lone runs in the top of the fourth inning, with the tallies coming on an RBI basehit by Steve Sweat and subsequent RBI sacrifice fly by Ralph Matos.
Arencibia plated Delmonico with an RBI sac fly in the seventh inning, pushing Tennessee's lead to 7-2. That would cap the day's scoring.
Heath gave way to Vols newcomer Ty Pryor in the fifth inning. A right-hander from Orlando, Fla., Pryor tossed two solid innings in his Lindsey Nelson Stadium debut, allowing one hit and logging five Ks with just one walk. Relievers Chase Hardin, Ryan Simpson and Danny Wiltz each pitched one full inning to close things out for UT.
Cabrera took the loss for the Eagles after giving up six runs on seven hits through three innings. Left-hander Matt Riley worked the final five frames for Lambuth and was touched for one run on five hits.
Tennessee continues its current eight-game homestand when it hosts a three-game series against Oakland Friday through Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Friday's contest begins at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's games both start at 2 p.m.