March 6, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Although Tennessee freshman Jeff Lockwood didn't earn a decision in his first collegiate pitching appearance, he did drive in the go-ahead run as the Volunteers baseball team handed intrastate rival Lipscomb a 4-3 loss Tuesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee improved to 8-7 heading into the final weekend of non-conference play.
Lockwood took the mound for the first time as a Vol Tuesday while also serving as the Vols' designated hitter. The Knoxville, Tenn., native threw three scoreless innings, scattering two hits and logging three strikeouts. He finished 1-for-3 at the plate.
Freshman Ryan Butner was the first man out of the bullpen for UT, but he lasted just one inning after issuing three walks and allowing one hit in eight batters faced. Lipscomb's first run of the day came against Butner when Bisons shortstop Ben Williams crossed home plate on a bunt single by Casey Bond.
Butner was then lifted with no outs in the top of the fifth in favor of fellow freshman Nick Hernandez, who got the Vols out of the inning only after Lipscomb (11-6) scratched a second run on an RBI sacrifice fly by Allen Bolden. After five and a half innings, Tennessee trailed 2-0 and had managed just one hit while committing two errors.
Tennessee used a leadoff walk by shortstop Tony Delmonico and a base on balls by Griffin to put its first two batters on base in the bottom of the seventh. That marked the end of Lipscomb starter Brandon McClurg's day. Right-handed reliever Charles Williams came on in relief and promptly unleashed a wild pitch that put both runners into scoring position. Williams (1-1) was tagged as the loser after giving up one run on two hits in 1/3 inning.
Gomes then dug in and sent a game-tying, two-run single into right field. That was followed by a Ryan Jones sacrifice bunt and a basehit by Cody Brown. Tennessee's rally was interrupted briefly when Bisons head coach Jeff Forehand called lefty Josh Spicer out of the bullpen, but Lockwood resumed the onslaught with an RBI basehit that gave the Big Orange their first lead of the day, 3-2.
Tennessee kept things rolling in the eighth, putting its first three batters on base with no outs and prompting Lipscomb's fourth pitching change of the day. Right-hander Taylor Merry entered for the Bisons and -- following a fielder's choice and putout at the plate -- Jones drew an RBI walk that gave the Vols a two-run edge, 4-2.
The Bisons pulled to within one when catcher Caleb Joseph drove in Bond on an RBI double in the top of the ninth. Joseph -- representing the tying run -- then moved to third on a wild pitch. With two outs and runners on the corners, Vols head coach Rod Delmonico brought on sophomore reliever Danny Wiltz to close things out. Wiltz got Ryan Wilkins to strike out looking, giving Wiltz his second save in as many appearances and the second of his career.
Hernandez (1-2) recorded his first career win after a very solid, 4 2/3 innings of work that saw him surrender one run on three hits with three walks and three Ks.
Tennessee now leads the all-time series with Lipscomb 5-0, dating to 1979.
The Vols host their final non-conference, three-game series this weekend when Siena (0-9) travels south to Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are set for 7 p.m., 2 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.