March 15, 2003
Auburn, Ala. - The Tennessee Volunteers snapped a five-game losing skid, the longest since 1993, with a 9-6 victory over the No. 10 Auburn Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader at Hitchcock Field. Auburn took the first game 3-2 with a ninth-inning rally.
Jimbo Watson came off the bench to drive in four runs as Tennessee rallied from a 5-1 deficit after four innings to help Tennessee improve to 11-6 overall and 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play. His two-run single tied the game 5-5 as part of a four-run seventh, and another two-run single capped a three-run eighth as the Volunteers added some insurance runs.
Auburn falls to 17-5 and 1-1 in league action as the rubber game of the series is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT. It will be televised on Comcast Sports Southeast.
Trailing 5-1 after four innings, Tennessee chipped away with a single run in the sixth before using a four-run seventh in taking a 6-5 lead.
Auburn broke the game open with five unearned runs in the fourth thanks to three Vol errors and a three-run home run by Karl Amonite in taking a 5-1 lead. The Tigers sent nine men to the plate scoring their first run on the second error of the inning and took a 2-1 lead on a double by Tug Hulett.
Javi Herrera cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh with a single to right that scored Jordan Czarniecki who reached on a bunt, taking second a wild throw by pitcher Levale Speigner on the play and third on a balk. Then with the bases loaded, Watson, entering the game as a pinch hitter, laced a two-run single to left tying the game at 5-5. Brian Cleveland scored on a run down play from third in giving the Vols a 6-5 lead.
Luke Hochevar (4-1) went the distance for the Volunteers as he allowed just one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. He struck out the side to close out the game.
Cory Dueitt (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he was one of six Tiger pitchers used in the second game. Starter Colby Paxton worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
Amonite drove in his fourth run in the eighth, scoring Hulett who looped his third double of the day off the right field fence. Both players combined for six of Auburn's seven hits.
In the first game, Scott Schade's ninth inning single with the bases loaded lifted Auburn to a 3-2 victory over the Tennessee.
Bobby Huddleston, who went 2-for-2, got hit by a pitch and was replaced by pinch runner Doug Vines who would score the eventual game winner following three straight hits off Vol reliever Dusty Johnson, including Schade's single to left with no out.
Steven Register (1-1) earned the win in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Eric Brandon also turned in a solid starting performance for the Tigers as he was touched for one run on five hits in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Cory Dueitt worked 2/3 of an inning.
Auburn drew first blood in the first inning when Sean Gamble, who also had two hits, scored on Huddleston's double giving Auburn a 1-0 lead.
After Javi Herrera's sixth inning game-tying single to right drove home Michael Rivera, who doubled to lead off the frame, Auburn retook the lead on Gamble's double that plated Chuck Jeroloman in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 lead.
Herrera then tied the game for the second time with his third home run of the season and 10th of his career in the eighth with a solo shot to right off Register.
Walter Sevilla snapped his four-game hitless streak with a 2-for-4 day, including a double.