March 24, 2009
Tennessee senior Ty'Relle Harris pitched five scoreless innings and catcher Blake Forsythe hit a three-run home run to lead the Volunteers to a 5-1 victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Forsythe's homer put the Vols in front 5-0 in the fifth inning and was his 11th of the season. The three-run shot, which hit off the batter's eye in center field, scored center fielder Kentrail Davis and first baseman Cody Hawn who reached on back-to-back singles.
Harris (2-2) pitched five innings in his second start of the year. The right-hander shut out the Catamounts on four hits while striking out a season-high eight batters. Three pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 14 batters for Tennessee (10-12).
"That was a hard fought game," head coach Todd Raleigh said. "They are one of the better teams in the country. It was a good win. We pitched really well today. Ty'Relle really set the tone. He got in a little bit of trouble but was able to pitch out of it. Then Blake's home run opened up the game a little bit."
WCU (15-6) starting pitcher Corey Martin (4-2) allowed five runs on six hits through 4-1/3 innings. Martin struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Tennessee got on the board early with a run in the first inning. Hawn drove in his 31st RBI of the year with a groundout to short. Right fielder Josh Liles scored on the play after leading off the game with a single. Liles finished the night 2-for-4 with a double. The sophomore has 12 multi-hit games this season.
The Vols went up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Designated hitter Cody Brown scored from third when left fielder P.J. Polk reached on a throwing error by the third baseman. Brown reached with one of his two singles on the night.
Western Carolina scored its lone run in the top of the sixth when designated hitter Stephen Notaro led off the inning with a solo home run.
Tennessee freshman Matt Ramsey pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out four. Right-hander Danny Wiltz pitched the eighth and ninth, surrendering only one hit while walking one and striking out two.
Catamounts right-hander Matt Benedict went the final 3-2/3 innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.
The Volunteers return to action Wednesday with another home game against North Carolina-Asheville. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eastern time.