Jordan Czarniecki's three-run home run in the eighth inning lifted Tennessee over South Carolina.
March 21, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Jordan Czarniecki's three-run home run in the eighth inning spoiled a no-hit bid by South Carolina's Steven Bondourant as the Tennessee Volunteers handed the No. 10 Gamecocks a 3-0 defeat in the first of three games Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Bondourant (2-1) took a no hitter through 7 1/3 innings before Kyle Norrid reached on a sinking liner to right that Tim Seaton couldn't quite get under. Norrid then took second as shortstop Justin Harris dropped the ball on Seaton's throw. Justin Branson then drew a two-out walk before South Carolina's top reliever, Aaron Rawl, surrendered Czarniecki's first home run of the season over the left field fence.
Bondourant struckout eight and walked three while Rawl finished with two strikeouts.
Not to be outdone was Tennessee hurler Ben Riley (2-2) who, after giving up two first inning singles, retired 21 straight hitters before an error in the eighth gave the Gamecocks life. A stolen base by pinch runner Tim Seaton and a two-out walk by Jon Coutlangus put South Carolina in position to take the lead, but Riley got Kevin Melillo to fly out to left to end the threat.
Luke Hochevar picked up his first save as he worked the ninth, striking out two while giving up a single to Brian Buscher who had two of South Carolina's three hits. Melillo had the other as he led off the game with a hard single off Riley.
Tennessee snapped a two-game losing skid to improve to 12-8 overall and even its SEC mark at 2-2. South Carolina fell to 16-6 and 1-3 in league action.
Game two is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday and will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.