March 10, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team ran its win streak to a season-high four games Saturday by shutting out Siena 5-0 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers improved to 10-7 as junior James Adkins moved into second place on UT's all-time strikeouts list and into ninth place on the school's career wins list.

Adkins improved to 2-2 on the year with a sparkling eight-inning outing in which he scattered five hits, issued two walks and struck out six. His seventh-inning strikeout of Siena pinch-hitter Al Williams pushed him past former Vol great Luke Hochevar (2003-05) into second place in the Tennessee records book with 288 career Ks. Adkins now trails three-time All-America R.A. Dickey, who recorded 345 strikeouts from 1994-96.

The win also moved Adkins into a tie for ninth place on UT's all-time victories list with 20.

Tennessee right fielder Andy Simunic opened the day's scoring by driving in two runs on a basehit in the second inning, and two more runners scored one batter later when Siena starting pitcher Matt Moberg fielded a routine grounder and unleashed a wild throw that eluded first baseman Rick Seltzer.

The Vols extended their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth when left fielder Shawn Griffin scored on an RBI single by centerfielder Jarred Frazier. Griffin initially led off the frame with a base on balls, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Brown and advanced to third on a wild pitch by reliever Trevor Reid.

Siena threatened to spoil UT's shutout hopes in the top of the ninth, putting its first two batters on base against sophomore reliever Ryne Simpson. But the Chattanooga, Tenn., native calmly retired each of the next three Saints to preserve the Vols' first shutout win of the season and give 18th-year head coach Rod Delmonico his 675th career victory.

Moberg (0-3) was the hard-luck loser for the Saints after holding the Vols to four unearned runs on four hits through five innings. Reid gave up one run on two hits through the final three frames.

The series concludes Sunday at 12:30 p.m., with freshman left-hander Nick Hernandez (1-2, 3.00 ERA) taking the mound for Tennessee opposite Saints lefty Craig Marcellus (0-0, 6.30 ERA).





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