Vols Drop Heartbreaker to Carson-Newman in 12

April 14, 2004

Box Score

Knoxville, Tenn. - T.J. Graves' steal of home in the 12th inning lifted the Division II Carson-Newman Eagles to an 8-7 victory over the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in a make up game for a Tuesday rainout game against Wofford.

Graves, who went 5-for-6 with three RBI, got the rally started by singling and taking third when Vol first baseman Brett Chappell fielded a bunt by Derrick Calkin and unleashed a wild throw down the first base line. With an 0-1 count to Ryan Haun, Graves took off for home as Haun swung and missed. The ball got away from catcher Kelly Edmundson who dove to make the tag, but Graves slid in for the go ahead run.

It was Carson-Newman's second straight victory over the Vols as it took 10-5 decision in Jefferson City, Tenn., in the last meeting in 1999. The Eagles improved to 28-20-1, while Tennessee fell to 29-6.

Tennessee tried to rally in the bottom of the 12th, getting two runners aboard with two out on an Eagle error and hit by Rob Fitzgerald, but Eli Iorg flied out right to end the threat.

After Tennessee built a 4-0 lead after two, Nick Jacobs single handedly got the Eagles back in the game with a pair of two-run home runs in the third and sixth innings as Carson-Newman took a 7-6 lead.

Eric King tied the game on passed ball in the bottom of the sixth as he reached on an error and took third on two groundouts.

Nathan Gravely also had four hits for the Eagles who out-hit Tennessee 15-13.

Paul Davis (3-1) pitched four shutout innings for the win. He limited the Vols to just two hits while striking out four.

Patrick Hicklen (2-2), the eighth Vol pitcher of the night, took the loss.



Luke Hochevar, who returned to action for the first time since Feb. 13 after suffering a head injury March 13, started and pitched a designated two innings. He struck out three and gave up two bloop singles to the first three Eagle hitters before retiring the final four hitters he faced.

After Iorg singled scored on Kyle Norrid's base hit in the first, he then delivered a two-double in the second and plated on a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 Tennessee lead.

Jacobs put the Eagles on the board in the third with a two-run home run, while Graves added an RBI double to cut the lead to 4-3.

Graves the laced a two-run double to right center, just past the outstretched glove of Iorg, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.

The lead was short lived as Nick Crowe put the Vols back on top with a two-run home run to right in the bottom of the inning.



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