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Vols Fill Up on Runs in 14-0 Fat Tuesday Victory Over New Orleans



March 8, 2011

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By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director

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Team Notes
Tennessee's 14 runs and 14 hits were both season highs...The Vols scored nine runs before recording an out in the fifth inning...UT reached on a walk, a bunt single, another walk and six consecutive hits, capped off by a three-run, pinch-hit home run...The Vols had multiple home runs for the first time this season...The shutout was Tennessee's third in the first 10 games this season...The last time UT had at least three shutouts in a season was 2005 when it posted six...The Vols last had three shutouts in the first 10 games of a season in 1993...The Big Orange stole two more bases to increase its SEC-leading total to 32...UT has now been successful on 19 consecutive stolen base attempts and 28 of its last 29...The Vols posted their fourth errorless contest of the season...Tennessee has now used 10 different lineups in the first 10 games of the season...Official game time for the seven-inning contest was 1:43, UT's shortest game of the season...Tennessee's average game time for the season is now two hours, 25 minutes.

Individual Notes
Chris Pierce hit his first home run in a Tennessee uniform with a pinch-hit three-run shot to cap off a nine-run fifth inning...It was UT's first pinch-hit home run since Matt Ramsey hit one at Georgia on May 8, 2010...The Vols had multiple home runs for the first time this season as Chris Fritts hit one on the second inning...Fritts fell just a triple shy of the cycle as he also had a single in the fourth and double in the fifth to tie his career high with three hits (vs. Georgia - 5/9/10)...Fritts also set a career high with four RBIs...Senior Rob Catapano, who was on a predetermined pitch count, earned his first win of the season to improve to 4-0 in his two years at UT...He tied his career high as a Vol with five strikeouts (vs. Presbyterian - 3/31/10)...Including his two years at North Carolina, he has started 13 collegiate games...The team he has started for has won in all 13 contests...Khayyan Norfork picked up his league-leading 11th stolen base while Andrew Toles swiped his sixth...Matt Ramsey made his 2011 debut on the mound, pitching a scoreless seventh with two strikeouts to close out the contest...Freshman Ethan Bennett recorded his first collegiate hit with a two-out single in the fifth inning...Three former Farragut stars (Catapano, Williams and Ramsey) combined on the shutout...All three pitchers threw to another former Admiral in Bennett who earned his second straight start at catcher...With two runs scored, Josh Liles has now scored an even 100 runs in his four-year UT career.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee baseball team got its fill of runs on Fat Tuesday as it completed a seven-inning, run-rule victory over the University of New Orleans, 14-0, moments before a downpour of rain postponed the second game of the scheduled doubleheader. Game two will be pushed back to its original time of 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

"Obviously, we did some good things offensively, we didn't make an error, but Rob (Catapano) was the bright spot," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "We're going to need Rob. Rob could be our best pitcher if he could stay healthy. I think, pound-for-pound, he could be the best pitcher on our staff. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to stay healthy but he can really do it. The other bright spot was Matt Ramsey. Just to get him on the mound and see him out there was such a sigh of relief and then Nick Williams did some good things too.

"It's good to have a game like this where guys can get some work in," Raleigh said. "I think Josh Liles swung the bat better today. We've worked hard with him a lot this week. He's been struggling so that was good to see. Ethan Bennett got his first college hit. (There were) a lot of positives today. Fortunately we were able to get the game in, and fortunately we were able to cover the field in time. Since (New Orleans) is on spring break, we'll just try again tomorrow."

It looked like a Farragut High School alumni game on the mound on Tuesday as three former Admirals combined on a five-hit shutout, Tennessee's third of the season. Senior southpaw Rob Catapano collected his first win of the season with four scoreless innings of work, striking out a UT career-high five batters.

Freshman Nick Williams added two frames of two-hit ball before junior Matt Ramsey made his 2011 pitching debut by striking out two in a perfect seventh inning. To top it off, all three pitchers were throwing to former Farragut star and UT freshman Ethan Bennett who started at catcher for the second straight game.

Eight different Volunteers collected hits in the contest with four picking up at least two. Sophomore Chris Fritts led the way with three, finishing just a triple away from the cycle. That tied his career high for hits, while he set a personal best with four RBIs, two of which came on his first home run of the season. Junior Chris Pierce also launched his first longball, a pinch-hit three-run shot that capped off a nine-run fifth inning.

Tennessee got the scoring started in the bottom of the second when Fritts crushed a first-pitch fastball the opposite direction off of the scoreboard in right-center to plate senior Josh Liles after he opened the stanza with a single.

"(Chris Fritts) gave us a lift today," Raleigh said. "Hitting that home run gave us a little bit of room. After that, we settled in."

Following a scoreless third inning, the Vols scratched three more tallies on the scoreboard in the fourth. With one out, Fritts singled back up the middle before junior Zach Osborne and senior Khayyan Norfork were both hit by inside curveballs to load the bases. Freshman Andrew Toles made it 3-0 in favor of the Orange and White with a groundball to short that removed Norfork from the basepaths. Toles promptly stole second before a single to center by senior Matt Duffy brought him and Osborne home for a 5-0 lead.

The Orange and White followed with a memorable effort in the fifth inning, scoring nine runs before recording an out. After a leadoff walk to Liles, a bunt single by junior Davis Morgan and another free pass to Bennett, the Vols tallied six consecutive hits, capped off by a three-run, pinch-hit home run by Pierce, to complete a clean rotation through the lineup. Bennett would later get a two-out single for his first collegiate hit.

"I finally made a good coaching move this year," Raleigh said. "I just wanted to get (Pierce) in there and it worked out."

From there, the Big Orange let its pitching staff do the work as Williams and Ramsey combined to retire six of the final seven batters of the game.

With the victory, Tennessee improves to 8-2 on the season, while New Orleans falls to 1-10. Weather permitting, the two teams will return to the diamond at 4 p.m. on Wednesday for the second and final game of the mid-week series. Junior southpaw T.J. Thornton will make his Volunteer debut as the team's starting pitcher, while freshman righthander Scott Stonestreet (0-0, 7.88) will get the ball for the Privateers.

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