Nick Crowe's RBI single in the ninth lifted the Vols to their 16th straight home victory.
March 7, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Nick Crowe's bases loaded single to left past a drawn in infield gave the Tennessee Volunteers a 3-2 victory and series sweep over the Georgia State Panthers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Panthers rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the eighth behind Justin Newman's RBI double and a wild pitch that scored pinch runner Brett Everett who replaced Newman after leaving the game with a strained hamstring.
Eric King got the Vols started in the ninth with a ringing double to center and took third on a wild pitch. With one out, Panther reliever Milton Feliciano (1-2) issued two intentional walks before Crowe poked the ball to left just past the diving shortstop for the game-winning hit.
Tennessee won its school-record 16th consecutive home game while improving to 11-2. GSU dropped to 4-8.
Scot Drucker (2-1) picked up the win in relief. He entered the game with two Panthers on in the eighth only to uncork two wild pitches that allowed Everett to score the game-tying run.
Vol starter Ben Riley tossed 5 2/3 shut out innings giving up three singles with four strikeouts. Patrick Hicklen came on in the sixth after the Panthers loaded the bases and got Cole Reissig to fly out to end the threat.
Tennessee plated an unearned run in the second as Kyle Norrid, who tied the school record with four walks, plated on the first of three Panther errors.
King gave the Vols a 2-0 lead in the fifth, scoring on a double play after reaching third on a passed ball and Eli Iorg's single.
Tennessee continues its 13-game home stand with a pair of midweek games against Niagara, March 9-10 at 3 p.m. ET both days.