Alex Suarez' sacrifice fly in the sixth inning plated Tennessee's only run.
March 5, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Ryan McKinnon drove home pinch runner Danny Plasencia with the winning run to snap a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning as the Louisville Cardinals went on to defeat the No. 22 Tennessee Volunteers, 6-1, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
McKinnon went 3-for-5 to pace the 10-hit Louisville attack. He even capped a four-run ninth for the Cardinals with a two-run single.
The teams split the two game series with the Cardinals improving to 8-2 while the Vols fell to 10-2.
Louisville broke on the board with an unearned run in the second for a 1-0 lead. Alex Suarez tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Scott Barber (3-0), Louisville's No. 1 pitcher, picked up the win in seven innings of work. He allowed one unearned run on six hits with three strikeouts.
Carlos Fernandez earned the save by tossing the final two innings.
Tennessee used its entire relief corps by design as seven pitchers took the hill. Patrick Green got the start, giving up one unearned run on three hits in two innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Joey Andrews (0-1) was next and was saddled with the loss. He struck out three in 1 2/3 innings. Steve Wesley came on in relief of Andrews and gave up the go-ahead run and four more in the ninth before finally being relieved by Brandon Crowe who got the final out.
Javi Herrera had two of Tennessee's eight hits.
Tennessee takes on Miami in a three-game series Mar. 7-9. Game times are 3 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. ET.