Vols Sweep Doubleheader From Niagara

March 10, 2004

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Knoxville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers extended their winning streak to nine games with a doubleheader sweep of the Niagara Purple Eagles at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, 7-2 in game one and 17-1 in game two.

Tennessee improved to 13-2 on the season and plays host to the Siena College Saints (5-6) March 12-14. Game times are 3 p.m., 2 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET. Niagara fell to 0-7.

In game one, Chris Kemp hit his second home run of the season and drove in four runs. He had three hits, including an RBI single in the first that gave the Vols a 2-0 lead. His RBI double in the third keyed a three-run rally as Tennessee took a commanding 5-1 lead, while his towering blast to right in the eighth put the game out of reach.

Craig Cobb (2-0) worked seven strong innings, yielding two runs on six hits with two strikeouts, in the win.

Brandon Crowe, who had shoulder surgery in December, made his debut by striking out the side in the eighth. Scot Drucker worked a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

Tennessee out-hit the Purple Eagles 14-7. Kyle Norrid doubled twice as he was one of four Vols with two hits.

Matt Fuller (0-1) took the loss in five innings of work, while Chris Cerchie finished the game for Niagara.

The Purple Eagles plated their two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies by Mike Altari in the second and Michael Medici in the sixth.

Tim Fitzgerald and Jeff Vicent led Niagara with two hits apiece.

In the nightcap, the Tennessee pounded out 18 hits en route to the 17-1 win as six Vols collected at least two hits led by Michael Rivera, Kyle Norrid and Elio Iorg who had three apiece.



Rivera scored four times and slugged his second home run of the season to left leading off the a five-run sixth as Tennessee broke the game open taking an 11-1 lead.

The Vols added two more runs in the seventh and sent 10 men to the plate in a four-run eighth.

Josh Alley hit an inside-the-park home run in the third for his team-leading fourth round tripper of the season.

Mike Kerfeld (1-0) tossed five no-hit innings for the win, striking out five and walking two.

Beau Massey yielded an unearned in his lone inning of work, while Dusty Johnson and Patrick Hicklen finished the game with three shutout innings.

Mike Radanovic (0-1) took the loss for the Eagles who were limited to three hits.



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