April 1, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Tennessee baseball team pounded out a season-high 19 hits en route to an 11-6 win over 10th-ranked Arkansas Saturday at Baum Stadium. The 21st-ranked Volunteers received a complete-game effort from junior pitcher Craig Cobb, who allowed nine hits while improving to 5-1 on the year.
The Big Orange improved to 18-9 (3-4 SEC) while snapping a season-high four-game losing streak. Tennessee's 19 hits were the most allowed this season by Arkansas (22-6, 3-5 SEC). Vols sophomore centerfielder Julio Borbon went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Cobb struck out four and issued just one walk while logging his first complete-game of the season and the seventh of his career. He retired 14 of 15 Razorbacks at one point and threw just five pitches in a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
The Volunteers took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning Saturday. Borbon and shortstop Tony Delmonico led off with back-to-back bunt singles, and a sacrifice bunt by catcher J.P. Arencibia advanced both runners into scoring position. Designated hitter Kelly Edmundson - who drove in UT's only run in Friday's series-opener - then laced a two-RBI double down the left-field line, bringing his team-leading RBI total to 23 on the year.
Arkansas leadoff hitter Craig Gentry wasted little time cutting Tennessee's lead in half, however, sending the second pitch he saw over the wall in left field for a solo home run in the bottom of the first. Cobb retired the next two batters he faced but then issued a walk to Hogs designated hitter David Hum. That set up a two-run homer by Arkansas outfielder Jake Dugger that put the Razorbacks on top, 3-2.
Tennessee managed three runs on four hits while sending nine batters to the plate in the top of the second. Freshman left fielder Jarred Frazier set things up with a sacrifice bunt that put men on second and third, and Delmonico, Arencibia and first baseman Chris Kemp each proceeded to drive in one run apiece.
Gentry recorded his second RBI of the afternoon with a basehit up the middle in the bottom of the second that cut Tennessee's lead to one run. But one inning later, with Rivera occupying first base, Frazier uncorked a two-run blast to left field that put the Vols on top by a score of 7-4. It was the Shelbyville, Tenn., native's second career home run.
The Razorbacks had four runners reach base in the bottom of the third, courtesy of two basehits and a pair of fielder's choices. But Tennessee employed solid defense to prevent any runs from crossing, ensuring the first scoreless half-inning of the day.
In the top of the fifth, Rivera provided Tennessee's third sacrifice bunt of the afternoon, pushing Brown and right fielder Brian Van Kirk into scoring position. Hogs reliever Shaun Seibert then recorded a strikeout before giving up a two-RBI single to Borbon that extended UT's lead to five runs.
Hogs designated hitter David Hum hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, and third baseman Blake Parker added a solo shot in the ninth.
The Vols tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth. Delmonico and Arencibia each notched RBI singles in the final frame. Those two Vols, along with Edmundson, finished with two RBIs on the day.
Arkansas starting pitcher Charley Boyce was chased after just 1 1/3 innings, during which he gave up five runs on six hits and issued one walk. Left-handed reliever James Gilbert then surrendered two runs on three hits in just one inning before giving way to Seibert, who was touched for two runs on a pair of hits through 2 1/3 innings of work.
Following Borbon's two-RBI single in the fifth, Brian McLelland came on as UA's fourth pitcher of the day. McLelland gave up two runs on eight hits while tossing the final 4 1/3 innings for the Razorbacks.
The first inning Saturday marked the fourth time this season that Tennessee has allowed two home runs in the same inning. The Vols' 11 runs marked their highest scoring total of the season in an SEC game.
The series concludes Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET. Freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-2, 2.91 ERA) will start for Tennessee, while Arkansas senior southpaw Trey Holloway (2-0, 2.77 ERA) takes the hill for the Hogs.