March 25, 2009
An eight-run sixth inning and five shutout innings from starting pitcher Adam Adkins led Tennessee to a 13-3 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (11-12) picked up its second victory of the week as it prepares to play host to top-ranked Georgia this weekend. The three-game series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Friday's game will be broadcast on SportSouth.
The start of the game was delayed an hour due to rain in the Knoxville area which prevented both teams from going through normal pregame warm-ups.
"It was not the prettiest game of all time," Tennessee coach Todd Raleigh said. "I thought we pitched well. We didn't make any errors. Cody Hawn got the big hit early, and we just played that out until we got the big inning. Sometimes it's hard when you don't take batting practice on the field or take infield-outfield because it takes a while to loosen up. I thought we did a good job once we got in the rhythm of the game."
Adkins (1-0) pitched held the Bulldogs to two hits in his longest outing of the season. The freshman retired 13 straight batters during one stretch. Adkins also matched his season high with five strikeouts and issued one walk.
UNC Asheville (4-19) used nine pitchers against the Vols. Starter Ryan Dull (1-4) went two innings, surrendering two runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out four.
The Vols led 2-0 after the first inning on first baseman Cody Hawn's 10th home of the season, a two-run shot to right field that scored center fielder Kentrail Davis, who reached on a walk. Hawn finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs. The sophomore leads the team with 34 RBIs.
Tennessee sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth inning on the way to scoring a season-high eight runs to break open the game and take a 10-0 lead. Davis, Hawn, right fielder Josh Liles and shortstop Zach Osborne each had RBI hits. Second baseman Mike Hornsby drove in a run on a fielder's choice. The Vols scored three additional runs on two wild pitches and a passed ball. UNC Asheville pitchers allowed five hits and issued six walks during the inning.
The Bulldogs scored their only runs in the seventh inning off Tennessee reliever Ryne Simpson. An RBI single off the bat of first baseman Mike Vaughn and a sacrifice fly by center fielder Catlin Carter cut UT's lead to 10-2. Vaughn then scored on a wild pitch. Simpson was charged with all three runs on three hits with one walk.
Tennessee added the game's final three runs in the eighth inning. Pinch hitter Cody Brown's RBI single drove in right fielder Jarred Frazier who doubled down the left-field line. Left fielder Charley Thurber then singled up the middle to drive in Brown and catcher Blake Forsythe, who reached on a walk. Thurber and Frazier both entered the game in the seventh.