March 9, 2005
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee head baseball coach Rod Delmonico is now one victory away from recording his 600th career coaching win after the Volunteers defeated Oakland 15-0 Wednesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Delmonico's 599th win was also the team's eighth straight, as UT improved to 11-3 on the year.
The Vols posted 20 hits Wednesday, while UT's pitching staff limited the Golden Grizzlies to just four. Tennessee was led by junior Eli Iorg, who went 5-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Freshman J.P. Arencibia went 2-for-5 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Knoxville native and former Farragut High School standout Craig Cobb (2-0) made his second start of the season for the Vols. The right-handed sophomore went down as the winning pitcher after allowing no runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings on the mound.
Arencibia made his third career start as Tennessee's first baseman and kicked off the day's scoring with a two-run home run to left-center in the bottom of the fourth inning. Iorg was driven in on the play after reaching base on a single. Arencibia's homer was his team-leading sixth of the year.
The Vols bats were just getting started, however, as Tennessee would explode for 10 more runs in the fourth.
Following Arencibia's base-clearer, Chase Headley singled and then scored on a base hit by Michael Rivera. Junior Josh Alley made the score 4-0 with a sacrifice fly that drove in Kelly Edmundson. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Iorg drove in freshman Julio Borbon and Rivera with a single to make it 6-0 Tennessee.
In his second at-bat of the inning, Arencibia singled to score Iorg and senior Eric King. Then after a walk by Headley, Edmundson laced a two-RBI triple that allowed Arencibia and Headley to cross the plate as Tennessee's ninth and 10th runs, respectively. The Vols closed out their fourth-inning offensive barrage when Edmundson scored on an RBI single by Rivera.
Iorg doubled to drive in Borbon in the bottom of the fifth inning, extending Tennessee's lead to 12-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, Arencibia reached base on a fielding error by Oakland shortstop Ryan Heath. Alley scored from third base on the play. Headley then singled to score Iorg, and Edmundson hit a sacrifice fly that plated Arencibia as UT's final run of the day.
Oakland junior Billy Schmieder (0-1) took the loss as the Vols chased him from the game after just three innings. Schmieder allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out one. Six other OU pitchers combined to give up 10 runs on 12 hits.
Senior right-hander Rob Fitzgerald made his second relief appearance of the year for Tennessee, coming on in the top of the sixth inning. Fitzgerald threw one full inning and walked one and struck out one before giving way to junior Jabe Beard, who posted one strikeout in one inning pitched.
Redshirt freshman Chase Hardin took the hill in the top of the eighth and struck out two Grizzlies batters while being clocked at 94 mph on the radar gun. Senior Chris Howell struck out two while working a perfect ninth inning.
Tennessee hosts Radford for a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium this weekend. Friday's game begins at 3 p.m., while the Saturday and Sunday contests are both 2 p.m. starts.