Rob Fitzgerald earned his first collegiate victory in four innings of work.
April 2, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Walter Sevilla slugged a three-run home run as the Tennessee Volunteers played for the big inning and came away a 11-3 winner over the East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the scored tied 1-1, the Vols (17-11) sent 12 men to the plate in the third as they plated seven runs on four hits in taking an 8-1 lead. Sevilla got the rally started with a three-run blast to left, his second in as many games. After getting two more runs on a balk and wild pitch, pinch hitter Nick Crowe capped the scoring with a two-run double.
A couple of unearned runs scored on a Jimbo Watson single and an error to extend the lead to 10-1 in the fourth.
Tennessee started with a run in the first on a fielders choice by Javi Herrera after loading the bases. The Bucs (9-16) then answered with one in the second on a ground out by Davis Burklin that scored Blake Church who doubled and took third on an error.
Rob Fitzgerald (1-0) picked up the win after throwing a designated four innings. He gave up one unearned run and the only two ETSU hits with two strikeouts.
Steven Calicutt (2-3) took the loss as he was roughed up for seven runs (six earned) on five hits in 2 1/3 innings. Five Buc pitchers combined for eight walks and nine strikeouts.
Tennessee plays host to the Mississippi Rebels Apr. 11-13. Game times are 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.