April 4, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Alex Suarez went 4-for-4 and Chris Kemp drove in five runs as the No. 13 Tennessee Volunteers posted their first home sweep of Kentucky since 1992 with a 15-9 win over the Wildcats at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. With the victory, the Vols took sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division following Georgia's sweep of Florida.
Tennessee (25-5, 6-3 SEC) exploded for nine runs in the first on five hits as Kentucky (14-13, 2-7 SEC), which dropped its eighth straight games, used three pitchers to work through the inning. The Vols sent 14 men to the plate as Kemp drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles.
Starter Craig Snipp (1-4) faced just six batters as the Wildcats made two errors behind him while he gave up four singles. Jeff Archer relieved him retiring two, but walked two and hit another. James Rodriguez closed out the inning, but not before giving up Kemp's second hit of the inning.
The Vols added two more in the second and three more in the third for a 14-1 lead.
Kentucky then scored eight unanswered runs over the next four innings to cut the lead to 14-9. Billy Grace got the Cats going with a bases-clearing three-run double in the fourth and Jake Kungl added a two-run home run in the fifth. Justin Scutchfield then slugged another two-run blast to key a three-run seventh.
Scot Drucker (5-1) earned his second win of the weekend after pitching two scoreless innings to close out the game.
Vol starter Ben Riley who didn't make it out of the fifth after issuing five walks over his final 1 2/3 innings and surrendering sixs run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He finished with six strikeouts and six walks.
With the first four batters reached safely to start the game, Kentucky wasted an opportunity to get to Riley as it left the bases loaded after plating just one run on Caleb Stewart's hit.
Tennessee closes out its eight-game home stand against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. ET.