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Hochevar Posts Career-High 13 Strikeouts as UT Downs Morehead State, 11-0
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Luke Hochevar

March 4, 2005

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KNOXVILLE -- J.P. Arencibia and Eli Iorg both homered for the second time in as many games, and junior ace Luke Hochevar recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts as the Tennessee baseball team disposed of Morehead State 11-0 Friday in the first contest of a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

It took only five innings for Hochevar (3-1) to tie his previous career-high with 10 strikeouts, including six straight Ks as he struck out the side in both the fourth and fifth innings. The reigning SEC Baseball Pitcher of the Week finished the day with a career-best 13 strikeouts while allowing no runs on four hits and issuing no walks.

Tennessee improved to 8-3 with the victory, while Morehead State slipped to 3-5 on the year.

Junior designated hitter Kelly Edmundson had an impressive outing, going 4-for-5 and scoring two runs. And senior shortstop Eric King pitched in three hits, one RBI and two runs on the day. King leads the Vols with a .465 batting average through 11 games this season.

A Tennessee double steal opened the afternoon's scoring, as King took second base and junior centerfielder Josh Alley stole home plate. Vols cleanup hitter Arencibia then singled up the middle to score King and give Tennessee an early 2-0 lead. The hit marked Arencibia's ninth RBI of the season.

In Arencibia's next at-bat, in the bottom of the third, he sent a two-run blast out of the park in left field, driving in junior right fielder Iorg.

Alley drove in UT's fifth run of the day with a triple to left field that allowed senior left fielder Rob Fitzgerald to cross home in the bottom of the sixth. Alley then plated another Tennessee run on a single by King, making it 6-0 in favor of the Vols.

Fitzgerald hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning that brought Edmundson home and extended the Vols' lead to 7-0.

With King on first base after drawing a walk in the bottom of the eighth inning, Iorg homered to left field. The base-clearing shot was Iorg's second of the season and the sixth of his career. Later that same inning, junior Michael Rivera sent an RBI single to center field that allowed Chase Headley to score from second base.

Tennessee added its 11th run of the day when Eagles pitcher Matt Clark walked Fitzgerald with the bases loaded, bringing in Edmundson.

UT reliever Joey Andrews replaced Hochevar in the top of the eighth and struck out two, and fellow senior Chris Howell struck out one batter while finishing things up for the Vols in the ninth.

Morehead State starter, senior Adrian Duran (2-1), took his first loss of the year after allowing four runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts in four innings of work. Cody Sorrell and Clark each threw two full innings for the Eagles, combining to allow seven runs on seven hits with one walk.

Game two of the series begins Saturday at 2 p.m. Right-handed sophomore Sean Watson (2-1, 2.00 ERA) is the scheduled starter for the Vols, while senior Lance Johnston (1-0, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Eagles.


 

 

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