March 10, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee senior Kelly Edmundson drove in the winning run Friday as the fifth-ranked Volunteers baseball team held off Akron by a score of 3-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Catcher J.P. Arencibia scored twice for the Vols, who improved to 12-2 this season and remained unbeaten at home.
Tennessee starting pitcher James Adkins needed just five innings to set a new season-high for strikeouts. The sophomore left-hander worked seven full innings, allowed two runs on four hits and finished with 12 Ks.
It was Vols reliever Craig Cobb, however, who picked up the win. The Knoxville, Tenn., native improved to 3-0 this season after tossing a perfect eighth inning and logging a pair of strikeouts. Junior closer Sean Watson pitched the ninth inning and notched his SEC-leading sixth save of the year.
Akron third baseman Vince Chiera scored from third base on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning to open the day's scoring. Chiera had previously singled before stealing second base and taking third on a throwing error.
The Zips (5-4) later extended their lead to two runs on an RBI basehit by Chiera in the fourth inning. But that would be all the offense Akron could muster.
Tennessee plated its first run of the afternoon during a two-hit fourth inning. Senior first baseman Chris Kemp drove in Arencibia with an RBI groundout to put the Vols on the scoreboard. Arencibia had previously doubled to left-centerfield.
Irony smiled on the Vols in the bottom of the sixth, allowing UT to tie things up on a wild pitch by Akron starter Ross Liersemann. Arencibia scored the tying run after doubling to lead off the frame. It was Arencibia's team-leading seventh two-bagger of the season and second of the day.
Liersemann allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a complete-game effort. He took the loss to fall to 3-1 on the year.
For Tennessee, Borbon extended his hit streak to 14 games, and Cobb lowered his season ERA to 0.40.
The two-game series concludes Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The first 1,000 fans to arrive at the ballpark receive a free Tennessee baseball schedule magnet, courtesy of FirstComp.