March 7, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Gaby Sanzchez' three-run home run in the first inning proved to be the difference as the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes defeated the No. 17 Tennessee Volunteers, 5-2, in the first of three games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Miami (10-3) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first as lead off hitter Danny Figueroa scored on a wild pitch. Back-to-back singles by Adam Ricks and Ryan Braun set the table for Sanchez' second home run of the year.
The Hurricanes added one more in the fifth on a double by Richard Giannotti.
J.D. Cockroft (3-0) picked up the win as he held the Vols to two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shawn Valdes-Fauli and Andrew Cohn relieved Cockroft before George Huguet worked the ninth for his first save.
Derek Tharpe (2-1) was tagged for five runs on five hits in four innings in taking the loss.
Dusty Johnson kept Miami in check for 4 1/3 innings, allowing two hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Casey Eiseman came on to finish the game.
Michael Rivera went 2-for-4 to lead the Vols, while Sanchez had a pair to paced the Canes.
Game two of the series is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.