March 16, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Eric King collected three hits with two doubles and three RBI as the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers erupted for 11 runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 12-4 victory over the Lipscomb Bisons at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee, which won its 13th consecutive game overall and 22nd straight home game, improved to 17-2. Lipscomb fell to 3-11.
Chase Headley also went 3-for-3 while four other Vols had two hits as they out hit the Bisons 18-7.
After Lipscomb broke open the scoring in the top of the fourth on Patrick O'Rourke's double, the Vols took the lead for good in the bottom of the inning as they sent 10 men to the plate, scoring six runs on seven hits for a 6-1 lead.
Four straight singles to start the inning chased Bisons starter Seth Kuwik (1-3) who took the loss. Back-to-back RBI singles by Headley and Brian Cleveland gave UT a 2-1 lead. King capped the frame with two-run double following a sacrifice fly and an RBI hit by Nick Crowe.
Nick Cleckler, who had two hits for the Bisons, led off the fifth with a ringing double off the left field wall and scored on a ground out to make it 6-2.
Tennessee then sent another 10 men to the plate in the fifth, adding five more on six hits for an 11-2 lead.
Mike Kerfeld (2-0) picked up the win after pitching a designated four innings, surrendering one run on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Lipscomb added two more in the seventh on a ground out and a double by Nathan Sensing, while Brett Chappell singled home a run for the Vols in the bottom of the inning.
Tennessee opens up Southeastern Conference action this weekend at Mississippi State, March 19-21.