Jordan Czarniecki had four hits with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Vols past the Bulldogs.
April 12, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Jordan Czarniecki had four hits with two doubles as Tennessee scored eight runs on 10 hits in the first two innings before plating seven more in the eighth en route to a 16-3 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers go for the sweep Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Tennessee (20-13, 7-7 SEC) pounded out a season-high 19 hits as the Vols remained tied with South Carolina for first place in the SEC Eastern Division.
Leading 2-0, the Vols sent seven men to the plate and broke the game open with six runs on seven hits in the second in taking an 8-0 lead. Alex Suarez, who drove in three runs, connected with two-run bases loaded double to highlight the inning.
Derek Tharpe (4-3) earned the win after scattering seven hits over seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk. He was touched for two runs in the third and one in the sixth on a solo home run by Jason Jacobs.
Beau Massey logged the final two innings with three strikeouts.
Czarniecki got the Vols started in the first with a lead off double and a steal of third before scoring on a ground out. Herrera then singled to center, took third on a Kyle Norrid's base hit and plated on a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.
Georgia (16-18, 2-12 SEC) scratched for two runs in the third on an RBI single by Lee Mitchell and a bases loaded walk.
Tennessee added another run in the eighth on a school record-tying third sacrifice fly for a 9-2 lead.
Mickey Westphal (3-1) faced just 11 batters in taking the loss as he was tagged for six runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Matt Woods came on and tossed 5 2/3 innings of relief before giving way to Mitchell Boggs in the eighth.
The Vols batted around for the second time in the game in the eighth as they sent 12 men to the plate. Nick Crowe came off the bench to collect two hits, including a two-run single in the inning, while Czarniecki capped the scoring with a two-run double.