April 11, 2004
Athens, Ga. - Josh Alley scored twice and Ben Riley struck out a season-high eight as the No. 12 Tennessee Volunteers posted their first sweep of the No. 25 Georgia Bulldogs at Foley Field since 1996 and extended their winning streak to eight games with a 4-2 victory. It was also the first conference road sweep for the Vols since 2001 at Kentucky.
The win extended Tennessee's league winning streak to six games, a feat not accomplished since 1995, as it improved to 29-5 overall and 9-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Georgia fell to 20-13 and 5-7 in league action.
Riley (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in six innings in picking up the win. He entered the game with an 8.53 ERA against Georgia in two previous starts, but the kept the Bulldogs off balance with a mixture of off-speed pitches and a biting curve ball.
Patrick Hicklen worked 2 2/3 innings of relief, but ran into trouble as the Bulldogs loaded the bases in the ninth. Scot Drucker, who pitched three innings for the win Saturday, then came on and gave up a run scoring single to Justin Holmes before getting the SEC's top home run hitter, Josh Morris, to fly out to the 404 mark in center field for his fifth save.
Alley reached safely in his first three plate appearances and plated twice to give the Vols a 2-0 lead in the fifth. He singled and scored in the first on a ground out before getting hit by a pitch in the fifth and scoring on Eric King's single to right.
Georgia got one back in the bottom of the fifth as Clint Sammons, who lined a hard single off Riley's leg, came around to score two batters later on Holmes' soft liner up the middle.
The Vols added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth as the Bulldogs committed two errors. Michael Rivera reached on the first Georgia error of the frame, took second on a passed ball and third on a ground out before scoring on the second Bulldog miscue as reliever Mitchell Boggs bobbled a slow roller down the first base line. Kyle Norrid, who drew a walk before Boggs' blunder, plated on Alex Suarez's hit for a 4-1 lead.
Matt Woods (1-1) took the loss despite turning in a quality start in his second start of the season. He allowed two runs on five hits in six innings.
Tennessee continues its eight-game road trip at Wofford Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.