March 17, 2009
Fifteenth-ranked Coastal Carolina used two home runs and solid pitching from starter Andrew Fleet to hand the Tennessee baseball team a 5-2 loss at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Volunteers (8-9, 1-2 SEC) scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and outhit the Chanticleers 8-7 but left six runners on base in the loss.
"That was tough," head coach Todd Raleigh said. "We had some hits, out him them, had some chances but left more on again. That seems to be the same kind of recurring theme. I thought we pitched pretty well. All of the little things can make a difference."
Freshman Matt Ramsey (0-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen for UT. Ramsey gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Tennessee starting pitcher Bryan Morgado went four innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out seven and issuing one walk. The only hit Morgado surrendered was a second-inning home run. The sophomore retired the last 10 batters that he faced.
Fleet (3-0) pitched six innings in his fourth start of the year for Coastal Carolina. Fleet allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out six. Junior Nick McCulley picked up his fifth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
The Chanticleers took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Designated hitter Adam Rice drove in the first run with an RBI double, followed by a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of right fielder Dan Bowman.
Coastal Carolina catcher Jose Iglesias gave the Chanticleers a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning with his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to left field.
UT first baseman Cody Hawn tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth when he hit his eighth homer of the season over the wall in right field.
Tennessee made the score 3-2 with one run in the bottom of the seventh. Third baseman Tyler Horne hit a solo home run, his third of the season, to right field.
Coastal Carolina added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to go ahead 5-2. First baseman David Anderson led off the inning with a home run to center field. Iglesias then scored from first on a fielding error after reaching base on a single.
Senior Danny Wiltz pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for UT, surrendering two runs (one earned) on three hits. Wiltz did not issue a walk and struck out five.
The Volunteers return to action Wednesday as they host Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Eastern time. Wednesday's game concludes Tennessee's 13-game homestand. The Vols continue Southeastern Conference play this weekend when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game weekend series with the Florida Gators.
All rankings based on weekly poll published by Baseball America.