March 4, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The sixth-ranked Tennessee baseball enjoyed another strong offensive outing Saturday as it defeated Oakland (Mich.) 11-1 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Four Volunteers collected multiple hits, and three Vols drove in multiple runs as UT improved to 10-2 on the year and remained unbeaten at home.
Freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom logged the win and improved to 3-0 this season. The West Lafayette, Ind., native was touched for one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts through six full innings.
The Grizzlies (0-6) were quick to put Friday's 10-run loss behind them, as they posted one run on two hits in the top of the second inning to jump out to an early lead Saturday. Kevin Carkeek scored from second base on an RBI triple down the left-field line by Drew Jenison.
Oakland carried its one-run edge into the bottom of the fourth inning, during which Vols senior first baseman Chris Kemp belted his second homer in as many days. His towering shot to right field drove in fellow senior Kelly Edmundson - who had previously singled - to put Tennessee on top 2-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, UT centerfielder Julio Borbon laid down a perfect bunt single with two men on base. A throwing error by Oakland third baseman Chad Winkler, however, allowed both runners to score while Borbon advanced all the way to third base.
One batter later, Tennessee shortstop Tony Delmonico plated Borbon with an RBI sacrifice fly to extend UT's lead to four runs.
An RBI basehit by Tennessee catcher J.P. Arencibia in the seventh inning drove in Borbon, who had previously walked and stolen two bases. Later in the seventh, Delmonico and Arencibia both crossed home on a double down the left-field line by Edmundson, pushing the Vols' lead to a comfortable seven runs.
Still in the bottom of the seventh, consecutive RBI doubles by Cody Brown and Brian Van Kirk combined to tack on three more Tennessee runs, bringing the score to 11-1 and closing out the day's scoring.
Lindblom gave way to Vols freshman Ryne Simpson in the top of the seventh. Simpson tossed one frame before juniors Craig Cobb and Sean Watson entered to work the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Cobb was perfect during his lone inning, lowering his season ERA to a stellar 0.44 this season. Offensively, Borbon extended his hit streak to 12 games.
The series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m., with junior right-hander Deunte Heath (1-1, 9.00 ERA) taking the mound for Tennessee. The action can be heard locally on WNML AM 990, FM 99.1 and FM 99.3. Veteran play-by-play man John Wilkerson calls the action for UT.