March 19, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 25-ranked Tennessee baseball team was defeated by Auburn 7-1 Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field. UT junior Josh Alley extended his hitting streak to 16 games, while Eli Iorg and Julio Borbon each stretched their respective hit streaks to seven games.
Both teams posted seven hits on the day. Tennessee fell to 15-5 (1-1 SEC) with the loss, while Auburn improved to 16-6 (1-1 SEC). The series finale begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday.
The Vols and Tigers battled through 2 1/2 scoreless innings before a bases-loaded single by Auburn catcher Josh Bell drove in two runs in the bottom of the third. Tyler Johnstone scored from third on the play and Clete Thomas made it home all the way from second.
Auburn put runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and a stolen base by Bruce Edwards then gave the Tigers two men in scoring position. Thomas then sent an RBI sacrifice to right field that allowed Johnstone to score from third and give Auburn a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers tacked one more run in the inning when Edwards scored all the way from second base after a fielding error on a failed pickoff attempt at first.
Tennessee got on the board in the top of the sixth, as senior shortstop Eric King scored on an RBI groundout by freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia. King's run ended a streak of 14 1/3 scoreless innings thrown by Auburn starter Josh Sullivan, and Arencibia's RBI was his second of the series.
Edwards reached on a basehit in the bottom of the seventh, and the Vols then intentionally walked AU first baseman Karl Amonite. Bell then came up and hit a three-run homer to stretch Auburn's lead to 7-1.
Tennessee starter Sean Watson lasted five innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with six walks and eight strikeouts. The Miami, Fla., native took the loss and moved to
4-2 on the season. Sophomore Craig Cobb came on in relief in the sixth inning and gave up three runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in two innings of action.
Redshirt freshman Chase Hardin threw the final inning for the Vols, striking out two Auburn batters and giving up one hit in the first SEC action of his career.
Sullivan (4-1) worked six solid innings for the Tigers and surrendered just one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts while picking up the win. Auburn reliever John Madden made his second appearance in as many days and picked up his third save of the year while allowing three hits and recording two strikeouts for the Tigers.
The two teams combined for seven stolen bases in the game.
Tennessee freshman left-hander James Adkins (3-1, 1.73 ERA) will make his first SEC appearance in Sunday's series finale, and left-hander Josh Blake (2-1, 4.82 ERA) gets the start for Auburn.