March 3, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee seniors Chris Kemp and Michael Rivera each collected three hits Friday as the sixth-ranked Volunteers baseball team downed Oakland (Mich.) by a score of 11-1 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Seven Vols recorded at least one hit, and UT ace James Adkins picked up the win to improve to 4-1 on the year.
The Big Orange now owns an 9-2 overall mark in 2006. Oakland dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
Adkins was outstanding through six full innings on the hill. The sophomore left-hander gave up only two hits while logging a season-high 10 strikeouts to just three walks. In the process, he lowered his season ERA to 1.29.
The Vols put runners on second and third in the bottom of the second inning, setting the stage for a two-RBI basehit up the middle by freshman third baseman Cody Brown. The former standout from Knoxville's Farragut High School gave Tennessee an early two-run lead and went on to finish the day with four RBIs.
In the third inning, Tennessee preseason All-America catcher J.P. Arencibia slugged a solo home run to left field, giving UT a 3-0 lead. It was Arencibia's 16th career homer and his second of the year.
Tennessee plated two runs on two hits in the fourth inning while building its lead to five runs. Brown and freshman outfielder Jarred Frazier drove in back-to-back runs on an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly, respectively.
Oakland starting pitcher Aaron Hines faltered in the bottom of the fifth inning, hitting UT's first two batters before issuing a free pass to the third. Rivera then dug in and laced a single to left field that scored Kelly Edmundson and Arencibia.
Hines then gave way to reliever Kevin Hale, who took the mound with two runners in scoring position and no outs. Hale promptly hit Vols sophomore Brian Van Kirk with a pitch to load the bases, and Brown then drove in Kemp with an RBI sacrifice fly.
After consecutive basehits by Kemp and Rivera to lead off the bottom of the sixth, Van Kirk drove in Kemp - who scored four times in the game - with an RBI double off the wall in right field.
Tennessee added another tally in seventh, when Borbon crossed home all the way from first base on an RBI double by Edmundson. That run made the score 10-0 in favor of the Vols, and Kemp pushed UT's lead up to 11 runs one inning later with a mammoth solo homer to left-centerfield. It was Kemp's team-leading third longball of the year.
The Grizzlies plated their lone run in the top of the ninth when Andrew Stafford crossed on a dropped third strike. He had previously walked before taking second and third on a pair of wild pitches.
Hines allowed eight runs on six hits through four full innings and dropped to 0-2 on the year with the loss. Three Grizzlies relievers combined to give up three runs on seven hits through four frames.
The series resumes Saturday at 2 p.m., with freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (2-0, 3.98 ERA) taking the mound for Tennessee.