March 9, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - For the third straight game the Miami Hurricanes played for the big inning as they used a six-run sixth en route to a 10-4 victory and series sweep over the Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Trailing 4-1 with two out, Brian Barton slugged a three-run home run to left to tie the game while Greg Dini followed with a solo shot to left giving the Hurricanes (12-3) the lead for good. Danny Figueroa, who had three hits, added an RBI single and Ryan Braun connected with RBI double to cap the inning.
The double by Braun ended a solid performance by Vol starter Luke Hochevar (3-1) who struck out 10 hitters with one walk in 5 2/3 innings. He was nearly untouchable through the first five innings as he gave up just four singles while striking out nine.
Tennessee (10-5) built its 4-1 lead with a single run in the first on a bases loaded walk by Nick Crowe, a two-run home run by Chad LeGate in the third and a solo home run by Michael Rivera in the fourth. Rivera led the Volunteers with three hits, including a double.
Miami tied it in the third on a Vol error, ending Hochevar's scoreless inning streak at 21 innings.
Paco Figueroa's two-run double, his second of the game, capped a three-run ninth for the Hurricanes.
Brandon Camardese (3-0) fought through early trouble to post the win in 6 1/3 innings of work. George Huguet earned his second save of the series as he shut the Vols out over the final two innings.
Tennessee now opens up Southeastern Conference play at Auburn Mar. 14-16.