March 5, 2005
KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee baseball team scored 13 runs on 13 hits Saturday to defeat Morehead State 13-5 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Junior co-captain Eli Iorg went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and four runs while also stealing two bases for the Volunteers, who improved to 9-3.
Tennessee starter Sean Watson (3-1) lasted six innings and got the victory. The right-handed sophomore allowed five runs (all earned) on seven hits with six walks and seven strikeouts.
Morehead State (3-6) managed eight hits on the day but committed four errors.
After being held scoreless in the series opener Friday, Morehead State struck first Saturday afternoon. Eagles' second baseman Lance Seasor reached base on a single in the top of the first and later crossed home on a Donald Cheney base hit.
Tennessee answered in the bottom of the inning, as senior shortstop Eric King continued his explosiveness at the plate. King laced a triple -- his third of the season -- to right-center, scoring junior Josh Alley. Alley had previously reached on a double.
That run opened the floodgates, as King and Tennessee's next three batters, Iorg (single), J.P. Arencibia (double) and Chase Headley (double), would score to make it 5-1 heading into the top of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third, Iorg singled to left field and was driven in on an Arencibia RBI single down the left-field line.
Morehead State put its second run on the board when Pete Troyer drew a walk with the bases loaded, bringing in Kevin Bryant and cutting the Vols' lead to four runs.
The Eagles cut their deficit to three runs courtesy of an RBI double by Bryan Ingram that scored Bryant in the top of the fifth inning.
Tennessee countered in the bottom of the inning when senior Joey Andrews hit a two-run home run deep to left-center, driving in catcher Kelly Edmundson. The homer was Andrews' second of the season.
The Eagles refused to go down without a fight, however, and punched in two more runs in the top of the sixth to make the score 8-5 in favor of Tennessee. Both MSU runs came on a two-RBI double by Seasor.
With one run in the bottom of the sixth, UT built its lead to 9-5 as Iorg was allowed to score on a fielding error by Seasor.
Iorg drove in a run with a bloop single to center field in the eighth that brought in junior Michael Rivera. Tennessee then padded its lead with three more eighth-inning runs, as Alley, Iorg and Arencibia all scored.
Vols sophomore Craig Cobb, a Knoxville native, came on in relief in the top of the seventh and worked two innings with one strikeout. Junior reliever Trey Bridges threw the final inning for Tennessee, allowing one hit and striking out one MSU batter.
Morehead State starter Lance Johnston (1-1) lasted seven innings in the losing effort. He was touched for 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The series finale is Sunday at 2 p.m. Mt. Juliet native James Adkins (1-1, 2.11 ERA) is the scheduled starter for UT, while right-hander Shane Lucci (0-1, 8.10 ERA) makes his first start of the year for Morehead State.