March 15, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee baseball team lost a hard-fought contest to Belmont 8-5 Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers dropped to 14-4 on the year and saw their NCAA-best win streak snapped after 11 straight victories.
Belmont improved to 11-6 after out-hitting Tennessee 10 to five. Sophomore outfielder Wilson Tucker led the Bruins with three RBIs.
The Vols are back in action Wednesday night as they host ETSU (11-2) for a 7 p.m. contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The game marks UT's final tuneup before beginning SEC play this weekend at Auburn.
Belmont got on the board first Tuesday night courtesy of a solo home run to left field by designated hitter Clay Peterson in the second inning. In the top of the third, the Bruins extended their lead to three runs. Matt Reynolds started things off with an RBI basehit, and Tucker then knocked in shortstop Brad Dobner to make it 3-0 Belmont.
The Vols plated their first run in the bottom of the third, when hot-hitting freshman Julio Borbon drilled a solo home run off the scoreboard in right field. The homer was his second in as many games.
With Reynolds on first base in the top of the fifth inning, Bruins left fielder Ben Petsch laced an RBI triple to left-center that put Belmont back on top by three.
Belmont tacked on another run in the sixth when catcher Brady Manifold drove in Matt Warnat with a single.
Tennessee added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, with the first coming when catcher Kelly Edmundson scored on an RBI groundout by Josh Alley. The Vols cut the Belmont lead to two runs when Michael Rivera crossed home on a fielder's choice by shortstop Eric King.
Tennessee managed to tie the game at 5-5 with two runs in the seventh. Freshman designated hitter J.P. Arencibia reduced UT's deficit to one run when he scored on a groudout by Edmundson, and the tying run came as junior Chase Headley crossed home plate on a basehit by first baseman Alex Suarez.
Belmont regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning by way of an RBI double by Dobner that drove in Kane Simmons. The Bruins then stretched their lead back to three runs when a single to left field by Tucker scored Manifold from third and Dobner from second.
In his first start since the 2003 season, senior Rob Fitzgerald worked four innings, allowing four runs on five hits with a career-high seven strikeouts and one walk. He exhibited poise by working himself out a jam in the bottom of the fourth, as Belmont had runners in scoring position.
Senior reliever Joey Andrews replaced Fitzgerald in the fifth and allowed one run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in three innings on the hill. Tennessee closer Chris Howell (0-1) entered the game in the top of the eighth inning and took the loss after giving up three runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Belmont sophomore Charles Lee lasted five innings and surrendered two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and five walks. Bruins sophomore Jon Camp (1-1) picked up the win after working 2/3 inning and allowing one unearned run on one hit. Junior Blake Owen logged his fifth save of the year after finishing things up in the final two innings.
Chris Marlow, Brandon Paetznick and Eric Diaz also saw time on the mound for Belmont.