April 12, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- UNC Asheville held the Tennessee baseball team to a season-low four hits Wednesday while handing the Volunteers a 5-2 loss at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The setback brought UT's overall record to 19-14 heading into this weekend's home series against defending Southeastern Conference champion Florida.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Graham Baughn limited the Vols to two runs on just three hits with four walks and one strikeout through 6 2/3 innings while improving to 2-0 on the year. Relievers Jordan Dorsett and Andrew Alexander then combined to toss a pair of shutout innings before Ben Buchanan came on to record the game's final out and log his third save of the season.
Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico reached on a bunt in the bottom of the first and inning and then stole second base. Two batters later, designated hitter J.P. Arencibia laced an RBI single to right field to give Tennessee a 1-0 lead.
UNC Asheville (15-19) countered with two runs on one hit in the top of the second. A walk and an infield error put a pair of Bulldogs on base, and both were driven in on a two-RBI single by Steve Burnich.
Tennessee junior Chris Siewert entered the game as a pinch hitter with two men on base in the bottom of the second inning and smacked what looked like a three-run shot to left field. But Bulldogs outfielder Rob Vernon made a well-timed, leaping catch over the wall to end the inning and keep UNCA's one-run lead intact.
Bulldogs outfielder Rob Mattison scored all the way from first base on a double by Elliott Arrington in the third inning. And catcher John Whited led off the fourth inning with a double before being plated by a Matt Henson basehit. That gave the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead through three and a half frames.
Vols second baseman Michael Rivera hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, plating right fielder Ryan Jones and trimming the Bulldogs' lead to two runs. But Vernon restored Asheville's three-run edge with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
Tennessee starting pitcher Ty Pryor worked four innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Pryor gave way to right-handed reliever Chase Hardin, who was touched for one run on three hits through two innings.
Junior right-hander Deunte Heath was the second arm out of the UT bullpen. The Atlanta, Ga., native worked two shutout innings with two walks and a strikeout, and junior closer Sean Watson pitched a perfect final frame for UT.
Game times for this weekend's Florida series are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Noon Sunday