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Balanced Attack Leads Vols to 7-3 Win at Lipscomb



March 24, 2011


By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director

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Team Notes
Tennessee improves to 17-4 on the season...The win closes out a season-long five-game road trip in which the Vols went 3-2...The Tennessee bullpen allowed just two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out 12 over the final seven innings on Wednesday...UT's bullpen ERA this season is now 2.51 over 93.1 innings of action...The bullpen retired 10 straight hitters at one point from the last out of the third to the end of the sixth inning...The run Lipscomb scored in the second was the first UT has allowed in the second inning all season...All nine Volunteer starters in the lineup recorded at least one hit, with seven getting at least two...The Big Orange left a season-high 16 runners on base...Tennessee was a perfect 4-for-4 on the basepaths to increase its SEC-leading stolen base total to 53 in 63 attempts...The run UT allowed in the second inning was the first it yielded in that frame all season.

Individual Notes
The win was Tennessee head coach Todd Raleigh's 100th at the helm of the Volunteer program...In his fourth season, Raleigh is now 100-88 (.532)...Khayyan Norfork posted his team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season with three more hits to increase his SEC-leading total to 40 on the year...It was his fourth three-hit contest...Norfork also stole his 17th base of the season...Josh Liles had two hits as well as both he and Norfork extended their hitting streaks to career-high strings of 12 games...Matt Duffy drew a career-high three walks in the contest...He also had two hits to up his hitting streak to five games and his batting average up to .403...Tyler Horne hit a two-run home run in the second inning...It was his first of the season, 11th of his Tennessee career and first since he hit two against South Carolina on May 9, 2009...Andrew Toles swiped two bases, his 11th and 12th of the year...Carter Watson earned his fourth win of the season, tying him with Levi Dean for the team lead...Matt Ramsey struck out the side around a hit batter in the bottom of the ninth...He has now struck out nine of the 16 batters he has faced this season.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - All nine Tennessee starters had at least one hit, while nine UT pitchers combined to allow just five, as the Volunteer baseball team improved to 17-4 on the season with a 7-3 victory over Lipscomb at Marsh Stadium on Wednesday evening.

"The effort was great," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "We came out and were definitely focused and ready to play. We had the hour and something rain delay, but I still thought we were ready after. I was proud about that and thought we did a good job coming out of the gates, but we left 16 guys on. That's way too many. We didn't do a good job in that situation, but we did a lot of other good things.

"We only gave up five hits and three runs, so I thought all of the pitchers did well. We only had one game this week, so we wanted to pitch a lot of guys. We wanted to get them sharp and ready for the weekend against Ole Miss."

The Big Orange waited out a rain delay of one hour, 31 minutes prior to the start of the contest before its offense erupted for seven runs on 16 hits to give Raleigh his 100th victory at the helm of the Tennessee program. In his fourth season with the Vols, the UT skipper is now 100-88 (.532).

It was just another day at the plate for senior Khayyan Norfork who added three more hits to his SEC-leading total of 40. Those 40 hits have come in just 80 at-bats through the first 21 games as his batting average remained at an even .500. The Ripley, Tenn., native also stole a base and knocked in a run.

Fellow classmate Josh Liles collected a pair of base-hits as well, as both players improved their hitting streaks to career-high strings of 12 games. Two other seniors also had strong contests for the Vols as Matt Duffy walked three times, scored twice, stole a base and had two hits, while Tyler Horne launched his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning.

Freshman Carter Watson picked up his fourth win of the year with 1.1 frames of perfect work out of the bullpen. He struck out three of the four batters he faced. As a team, nine Volunteer pitches combined to strike out 13, while walking just two over the course of the nine full frames.

After a scoreless first, Horne got the scoring started with a mammoth two-run blast well over the 375-foot marker in left-center off of Lipscomb starter Chris Nunn. The Bisons would score one run in each of the next two frames to tie it, but the Vols plated three in the fifth to take control of the contest.

Duffy got things started with a five-pitch walk before Liles punched a single through the left side of the infield on a hit-and-run. That single chased Nunn from the game and freshman Ethan Bennett welcomed reliever Chad Fromm to the game with a run-scoring single to left. Although the next two batters were retired quietly, an error by the shortstop and an RBI single by Norfork gave the Vols a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way at 5-2.

Tennessee added another unearned run in the sixth when Duffy came racing all the way around to score from first on a single to right by Liles that the right-fielder let slip under his glove. The Bisons would keep the damage to a minimum that frame though as Fromm got a big strikeout to end the stanza and leave two runners on.

In the seventh, junior Davis Morgan greeted former Johnson County Community College teammate Gil Rehwinkel with a single and quickly moved up to third on a double by junior Zach Osborne as he ripped an 0-2 pitch off the base of the wall in left. Following a strikeout, freshman Andrew Toles took advantage of a drawn-in infield and blooped a single over the head of the second baseman to extend the Orange and White's lead to five at 7-2.

Lipscomb would close out the scoring with the final run of the game in the bottom of the frame as an error and a single by Logan Hostettler moved the tally on the scoreboard to 7-3. Sophomore Zack Godley would shake off the misfortune though and get the next batter to line into a double play before redshirt sophomore Hunter Daniel come on to strike out the final batter of the frame.

First-year Vol Nick Williams would twirl a scoreless eighth before junior Matt Ramsey slammed the door closed with three punchouts in the bottom of the ninth.

Tennessee will return to SEC play this weekend when Ole Miss makes the trek to Rocky Top for a three-game set. First pitch on Friday will be at 6 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday's contests will start at 3 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. The final two games will be televised on SportSouth with UT's own Bob Kesling and Rusty Ensor on the call.

For the most up-to-date information on Tennessee baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/baseball and be sure to follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.

 

 

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