April 12, 2009
In a back-and-forth game that included three ties and six lead changes, Mississippi State edged Tennessee 10-9 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Sophomore Kentrail Davis went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored on the afternoon for Tennessee (15-21, 3-12 SEC). Davis finished the series 6-for-12 (.500) with four RBIs. Shortstop Zach Osborne also went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The duo combined for seven of UT's nine hits on Sunday.
"It's a tough game any time its one run," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "The big thing today was that every time we scored, we could not keep them off the board. We couldn't sustain the momentum and that is what hurt us today."
Mississippi State (19-17, 5-10 SEC) scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 10-9 lead. Third baseman Russ Sneed's two-RBI bases-loaded single pushed the game winning run across the plate for the Bulldogs.
Tennessee freshman Matt Ramsey (0-2) pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.
MSU righty Paxton Pace (2-0) gave up one run on one hit in an inning of work.
Mississippi State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a two-RBI double to left field off the bat of shortstop Ryan Powers. Cody Freeman and Sneed scored on the hit after reaching on back-to-back walks.
Tennessee tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the second. Osborne's RBI single through the left side sent home third baseman Tyler Horne. Ramsey then walked with the bases loaded to drive in left fielder Jarred Frazier.
The Vols took a 5-3 lead in the third inning when Davis hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the season and first in conference play, over the wall in right field. Blake Forsythe and pinch hitter Jeff Lockwood scored after reaching base on back-to-back walks.
With a three-run home run off the bat of first baseman Connor Powers, the Bulldogs tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning. The home run was Powers' 11th of the season.
Mississippi State took a 6-5 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Sneed led off the inning with a solo home run to center field.
Tennessee tallied a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 6-6. Cody Hawn's RBI groundout scored Osborne who tripled to lead off the inning.
MSU took a 7-6 lead in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly off the bat of designated hitter Ryan Duffy.
The Vols took a 9-7 lead with a three-run seventh inning. Freshman Charley Thurber had the big hit of the inning, a two-run single with the bases loaded scoring pinch runner P.J. Polk and Davis. Pinch hitter Mike Hornsby then scored from third on a wild pitch.
Volunteer starting pitcher Ty'Relle Harris allowed five runs on five hits in five innings of work. The senior walked four and struck out five. Stephen McCray, Will Locante, Danny Wiltz, Adam Adkins and Bryan Morgado each saw action out of the bullpen for Tennessee.
Tennessee wraps up its seven-game homestand with non-conference matchups against Belmont on Tuesday and Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. First pitch for both games is 7 p.m.