March 27, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Michael Rivera singled home Brian Cleveland with the winning run in the 10th inning as the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers defeated the No. 13 Auburn Tigers, 7-6, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to even the series at a game apiece. The rubber match is Sunday at 2 p.m. on CSS television.
With two out in the 10th, Cleveland doubled to left and just beat the throw from right fielder Ben Sprague at the plate for the winning run as the Volunteers improved to 21-4 overall and 3-2 in the SEC. Auburn fell to 19-6 and 2-3 in league play.
Scot Drucker (3-1) picked the win as he struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings, giving up two hits. Five Vol pitchers combined for a season-high 15 strikeouts.
Cory Dueitt (3-2), the winning pitcher in Auburn's 4-3 Friday win, took the loss in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The game went back-and-forth through the first six innings as Tennessee went up 2-1 in the first on Chris Kemp's single with the bases loaded. Auburn then took a 3-2 lead in the second on two unearned runs before the teams traded lead off home runs in the fourth as Auburn's J.T. Williamson extended the lead with a solo shot to right, while Eli Iorg, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, made it 4-3 with his second home run of the season to left.
Iorg put the Vols ahead in the fifth with a two-run double and scored on Cleveland's hit for a 6-4 Tennessee lead. Auburn then rallied to tie the game in the sixth on Clete Thomas' two-run triple.