March 6, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee completed a three-game sweep of Morehead State with a gritty 3-2 win Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Kelly Edmundson and Chase Headley hit back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and help the Volunteers improve to 10-3 on the year.
Tennessee freshman left-hander James Adkins allowed two runs on three hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts in eight solid innings on the mound. The Mt. Juliet native got the victory and is now 2-1 in four starts this season.
The Vols and Eagles battled through four scoreless innings before Morehead State (3-7) posted the day's first run in the top of the fifth when MSU right fielder Bo Stohler scored from third on a Travis Rima base hit to left field.
Just as they had done through the first two games of the series, the Vols answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Chase Headley reached base on his second walk of the day -- and his team-high 16th of the year -- and was later driven in on a single by second baseman Michael Rivera to even the score at 1-1.
The back-to-back homers gave Tennessee a 3-2 lead, as Edmundson sent a blast out of the park in left field, and Headley knocked a shot over the wall in right field.
Stohler homered to lead off the seventh inning for Morehead State, narrowing the UT lead to one run and keeping the crowd of 1,062 on edge.
But senior reliever Chris Howell came on for Tennessee in the ninth inning and recorded his third save of the year. Morehead State mounted a scoring threat with runners at first and third and two outs, but Howell got pinch hitter Donald Cheney to ground out to end the game.
Eagles junior Shane Lucci (0-2) worked eight innings and took the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Tennessee head coach Rod Delmonico now needs only two more wins to reach 600 for his career.
The Vols return to the diamond at Lindsey Nelson Stadium Wednesday at 3 p.m. as they host Oakland (Mich.) University for a mid-week contest before beginning a home weekend series with Radford Friday at 3 p.m.