March 2, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - No. 24 Tennessee pounded out a season-high tying 17 hits, including three-hit performances by Michael Rivera and Chad LeGate, as the Volunteers rebounded from their first loss of the season to post a 13-3 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Vols played for the big inning, scoring three in the third, four in the sixth and five in the eighth en route to their ninth victory in 10 games. West Virginia fell to 3-4.
Derek Tharpe (2-0) picked up his second win of the season with six solid innings, yielding one run on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Zac Cline (1-1), one of six Mountaineer pitchers on the day, took the loss in three innings.
Kurtis Clinton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the eighth to cap West Virginia's scoring. It was his second of the series.
After plating a single unearned run in the first the Vols broke the game open with three runs on five hits in third.
The inning started with three straight hits including a single by Walter Sevilla who would score on Brian Cleveland's triple. Cleveland would score on Javi Herrera's double, while LeGate singled home him for a 4-0 lead.
West Virginia broke on the board in the fifth on Jarod Rine's RBI single that scored Grant Psomas who singled to begin the inning.
Back-to-back two-run doubles by Rivera and Justin Branson highlighted a five-run eighth as Tennessee extended its lead to 13-3.
Tennessee continues its nine-game home stand with a two-game set against Louisville, Mar. 4-5, at 3 p.m. both days.