Late Home Run Drops Vols

March 26, 2004

Box Score

Knoxville, Tenn. - Josh Sullivan's fourth home run of the season leading off the ninth lifted the No. 13 Auburn Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers in the first of three games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Saturday's game will be televised by CSS at 7 p.m. ET.

It was Sullivan's night, as he tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth with a two-run double to left after Josh Bell got the Tigers (19-5, 2-2 SEC) started by doubling home Sean Gamble who was hit by a pitch leading off the inning.

Tennessee (20-4, 2-2 SEC) built a 3-0 after four by plating single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Chris Kemp singled home Eric King who reached on an error and took third on Kyle Norrid's hit in the first. Chase Headley reached on a two-out double in the third and scored on Nick Crowe's single up the middle for a 2-0 lead, while the Vols took advantage of starter Mike Felix's wildness as they extended the lead in the fourth after Michael Rivera scored on his fourth wild pitch of the night.

The Auburn relief corps saved the day by hurling four shutout innings against Tennessee, limiting it to two hits. Cory Deuitt (3-1) earned the win after pitching a scoreless eighth, while Steven Register retired the Vols in the ninth with two strikeouts for his sixth save.

Patrick Hicklen (2-1) took the loss in relief of starter Derek Tharpe who struck out seven in seven innings.

Josh Alley and Kemp led the Vols with two hits.





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