April 10, 2004
Athens, Ga. - A tough fielding error by Georgia shortstop Justin Holmes led two runs in the ninth inning as the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers defeated 25th-ranked Georgia, 6-4, to win their the second straight series against the Bulldogs and first at Foley Field since 1996. The Vols go for their second series sweep of the season Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
It was the fourth last at-bat win for Tennessee which won its seventh consecutive game to improve to 28-5 overall and 8-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia fell to 20-12 and 5-6 in league play.
After falling behind 4-0 in the top of the third, Georgia scored three in the bottom of the frame and tied the game on Clint Sammons' eighth inning bloop single to right center scoring Joey Side who walked and took second on Josh Smith's hit through the left side.
Josh Alley led off the ninth with a double to deep center, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Following a ground out and an intentional walk to Kyle Norrid, pinch hitter Chase Headley worked losing pitcher Will Startup (3-2) for another walk to load the bases. Alex Suarez then hit a hard chopper just to the left of second base that Holmes could not field letting the ball trickle into center allowing Alley and Norrid to score the go ahead runs.
Scot Drucker (6-1) worked the final three innings earning the win after blowing the save opportunity in the eighth. It did not come easy as Georgia put two base runners aboard in the ninth on a walk and hit batsman with one out before Drucker got a fly out and a strikeout to end the game.
For the second straight day Brian Cleveland, who was 2-for-5 with a double, got the Vols started with a home run. This time it was a two-run blast in the second scoring Nick Crowe who reached on a one-out double. Crowe, who also had two hits, then delivered a two-run single with the bases loaded in the third as Tennessee extended its lead to 4-0.
Sean Watson, who struck out five and walked five, gave the Vols six innings of work. He allowed just four hits and was touched for three runs on three hits in the third as Georgia cut the lead to 4-3. Kyle Keen's bases loaded two-out two-run single highlighted the inning for the Bulldogs as they capitalized on a Vol error and a walk. Marshall Szabo put Georgia on the board earlier in the inning with an RBI single to right.
Georgia starter Sean Ruthven took a no decision after working into the seventh. He limited the Vols to just one hit over his final three full innings before giving way to Startup.