March 21, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The 12th-ranked Tennessee baseball team needed just seven innings to post its 15th win of the season, as the Volunteers brought the "run rule" into effect with a 21-1 thrashing of Tennessee Tech Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. First-year Vols Cody Brown, Chris Siewert and Jarred Frazier each homered for UT, as the Big Orange improved to 15-5 (0-2 SEC) on the year.
Despite the abbreviated contest, Tennessee set season-highs for runs, RBIs (20), home runs and total bases (28) while snapping a three-game losing skid. Tuesday's win marked UT's largest margin of victory since a 25-5 rout of Radford March 11, 2005.
Frazier finished 3-for-4 on the day with a career-high five RBIs and two runs scored. Delmonico, meanwhile, drove in four runs on two hits with three runs scored. Kelly Edmundson and Siewert each pounded out three hits.
Vols junior right-hander Craig Cobb made his first start of the season and picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts through five innings. Freshman right-hander Aaron Everett made a solid collegiate debut, working one perfect inning of relief and logging a pair of Ks. And fellow frosh Danny Wiltz pitched the final frame for UT.
Eagles shortstop Stuart Meinhart opened the day's scoring when he hit a solo home run to left-centerfield in the top of the second inning. It was Meinhart's first homer of the season and the first surrendered this year by Cobb.
But in the bottom of the second, TTU starting pitcher Brandon Borstein walked the first three batters he faced to load the bases with no outs. Tony Delmonico, Siewert and Frazier each drove in one run consecutively, and Michael Rivera later delivered a two-RBI basehit. In total, the Vols plated five runs on two hits in the inning to take a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Brown and Siewert each smacked two-run homers to left field, stretching UT's lead to eight runs. Brown's long ball was his second of the season, and Siewert's was his first of the year.
Borstein left the game after reloading the bases with one out in the third. Edmundson then sent TTU reliever Adam Black's first pitch into the gap in left-center for a bases-clearing double. Edmundson's seventh two-bagger of the season brought the score to 12-1 in favor of the Big Orange.
Delmonico led off the bottom of the fourth by reaching second base on an outfield error, and was later driven in on an RBI single by Frazier.
A six-run fifth inning for Tennessee extended the Vols' lead to 18 runs and was highlighted by a three-run homer by Frazier - the first home run of his career. Freshman outfielder Ryan Jones came through with an RBI double, Delmonico posted an RBI basehit and another run crossed on a balk.
Delmonico laced a two-RBI triple down the right-field line in the sixth inning to give Tennessee a commanding 20-run advantage.
Borstein took the loss to drop to 0-3 this season after giving up 12 runs on five hits with nine walks and no strikeouts. Black and fellow Eagles reliever Brian Sprowl combined to allow nine runs on nine hits across the final 3 2/3 innings.
The game was halted because UT held a lead of 10 runs or more after seven innings. Tennessee Tech fell to 7-13 with the loss.
The Vols remain at home Wednesday when they host Hartford (Conn.) at 3 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.