April 5, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It was a total team effort for the No. 25-ranked Tennessee baseball team Tuesday night. Eight different Volunteers recorded hits, and all eight drove in runs as UT defeated Eastern Kentucky 14-6 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee improved to 21-8 (5-3 SEC) with its third straight victory.
Freshman outfielder Julio Borbon posted a career-high five hits with two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Michael Rivera drove in three runs, and Knoxville native Craig Cobb picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the year.
The game's scoring got started early, as EKU right fielder Bryan Stevenson hit a solo home run to left field in the top of the first inning.
Tennessee junior Eli Iorg countered in the bottom of the first with a solo shot of his own to left-center. The homer was Iorg's team-best eighth of the season and the 12th of his career.
Then in the bottom of the second, UT designated hitter Kelly Edmundson crushed a solo homer to left-center to give the Vols a 2-1 lead. Edmundson's home run was his fourth of the year. It was also Tennessee's 32nd long ball of the season. The Vols hit 34 home runs all of last season.
In the bottom of the third, Eastern Kentucky starting pitcher Brian Engle allowed Borbon to score from third on a wild pitch. Senior Eric King advanced to third on the play and then scored when Tennessee's next batter, junior Chase Headley, hit an RBI single to give the Vols a 4-1 lead.
Headley came in to score later in the inning when freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia sent an RBI basehit to center field. Arencibia's 29th RBI of the season stretched the Vols' lead to 5-1.
Stevenson made it 5-2 in the top of the fourth when he hit his second home run of the night, a solo shot to left field.
Eastern Kentucky (9-12) added another run one inning later, as catcher Joe Oliver scored from third base on a groundout by Derrick Bussell. Also in the top of the fifth, Lucas Waters plated EKU's fourth run of the game on an RBI bunt single by Stevenson. The Colonels had two runners on base with an opportunity to take the lead, but Vols reliever Chris Howell struck out the next two batters to get out of the inning with no further damage.
Rivera doubled down the left line with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Arencibia, Edmundson and junior Josh Alley. Rivera then scored from second when Borbon singled to right field, making the score 9-4 Tennessee.
The Vols' big inning continued as Borbon stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error by Oliver and then scored on an RBI single to center field by King.
The Colonels added to their run total with an RBI single by Waters in the top of the sixth inning to cut Tennessee's lead to five runs.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Alley sent an RBI single to left field, driving in Headley from second base. The run was Headley's team-leading 38th of the season.
Iorg recorded his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that allowed Rivera to cross from third base and make the score 12-6 Tennessee. Arencibia came up one batter later and sent a well-placed RBI basehit to right field, scoring Borbon from third base.
Borbon knocked in Tennessee's 14th run of the night with a double to left-center in the bottom of the eighth inning. Alley scored on the play, and walk-on freshman Daniel Beasley then came on to pinch run for Borbon.
Cobb started and worked 4 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits while allowing three runs with one strikeout. Howell then tossed 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk and a career-high four strikeouts.
Senior Joey Andrews pitched three innings for the Vols and picked up his second save of the year. Andrews worked himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning, causing a flyball out and striking out two straight. He tied his season-high with five strikeouts and allowed no runs on one hit. Andrews now ranks tied for fifth all-time at Tennessee with 59 career pitching appearances
Eastern Kentucky used six pitchers, with Engle taking the loss after surrendering five runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts. The Colonels bullpen gave up nine runs on nine hits.
Tennessee is 17-1 this season when leading after the conclusion of the sixth inning.
The Vols travel to Lexington, Ky., this weekend to face Kentucky (14-12, 0-8 SEC) for a three-game series at UK's Cliff Hagan Stadium. Friday and Saturday's contests begin at 6:30 p.m., while Sunday's series finale starts at 2 p.m. and will be televised by CSS.