March 12, 2005
KNOXVILLE -- Radford wouldn't go down without a fight Saturday, but the Tennessee baseball team pulled away late to post a 10-4 win at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Eli Iorg and Josh Alley both homered for the Volunteers, who recorded 14 hits to the Highlanders' nine.
The Vols (13-3) now have a 10-game winning streak that is tied for longest in NCAA Division I-A. Alley's four RBIs on the day give him eight in the series, which comes to a close Sunday at 2 p.m.
Iorg crushed a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning to open the day's scoring. It was his second homer in as many days and his fourth of the season.
Radford plated its first run when catcher Nate Toth scored on a throwing error following a basehit by center fielder Steve Mignogna in the top of the third. The Highlanders logged another run in the fourth inning when Kellen Wohlford crossed home on a basehit by left fielder Jonathan Spears. That run knotted the score at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Senior first baseman Alex Suarez knocked in Edmundson with a double down the left line in the bottom of the fourth to put the Vols back on top. Borbon then came up and singled to right field, allowing Michael Rivera and Suarez to score and give the Vols a 5-2 advantage. Borbon finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
The Tennessee lead was then stretched to five runs on a two-run homer to left field by Alley. The junior's second home run of the season closed out the Vols' five-run fourth inning.
Wohlford sent a double deep to right field for Radford in the top of the eighth, allowing Ross to score from second. Radford's next batter, Aaron Ranft singled to drive in Wohlford and bring the Highlanders within three.
But the Vols pulled away in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of a double down the left line by Alley that scored Suarez from second and Borbon from first. Alley's eighth double of the year put the Big Orange up 9-4. Alley proceeded to steal third base before coming home on a sacrifice fly by Iorg.
Sean Watson picked up the win for Tennessee and improved to 4-1. The sophomore from Miami, Fla., set a new career-high with 10 strikeouts while working seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits with no walks. Senior Rob Fitzgerald -- Tennessee's starting first baseman in Friday's series opener -- came on in relief in the top of the eighth and surrendered a pair of runs on three hits in one full inning worked.
UT senior Chris Howell remained steady in his closer's role. After walking RU's first batter in the top of the ninth, Howell finished things off with two strikeouts and a groundout.
Radford starting pitcher Justin Morgan dropped to 0-3 on the year after allowing seven runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout in five innings on the hill. Morgan was replaced by Casey Hodges, who tossed 2 2/3 innings before giving way to lefty Mark Beppler.
Sunday's series finale features freshman left-hander James Adkins (2-1, 2.15 ERA) taking the mound for the Vols. Radford's starting pitcher will be right-hander Josh Deaver (0-0, 6.23 ERA).