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BASEBALL VOLS TAKE OPENER AGAINST FLORIDA 4-2
Julio Borbon

Julio Borbon

April 14, 2006

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Craig Cobb threw his third complete-game victory in as many weekends while propelling the Tennessee baseball team to a 4-2 win over 27th-ranked Florida Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Sophomore centerfielder Julio Borbon was responsible for four of UT's eight hits on the night as Tennessee improved to 20-14 (4-8 SEC).

Borbon entered the weekend as the SEC hits leader, and he extended that lead by going 4-for-4 with one run. Cobb, meanwhile, continued to shine by improving his season record to 7-1 with a 2.58 ERA. The Knoxville, Tenn., native allowed eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

After Florida (21-17, 4-9 SEC) went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning, Tennessee put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the bottom of the frame. But Gators starting pitcher Bryan Ball posted consecutive strikeouts before inducing an inning-ending groundout to squelch the Vols' scoring threat.

Florida second baseman Brandon McArthur hit a triple to the corner in right field with one out in the top of the second, and he was promptly driven in with an RBI groundout by outfielder Chris Petrie to put the Gators up 1-0.

The Gators extended their lead to two runs in the top of the fourth, using a two-out RBI basehit by shortstop Adam Davis to plate third baseman David Cash.

Tennessee got its bats working in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring three runs on five hits to take a 3-2 lead. Catcher J.P. Arencibia, designated hitter Kelly Edmundson and second baseman Michael Rivera each recorded RBI singles during the go-ahead rally.

 

 

Ball (4-5) was lifted after facing one batter in the bottom of the seventh. Through six full innings, he gave up four runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Ball gave way to David Hurst, who threw just 1/3 inning.

A sacrifice bunt by Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico in the seventh advanced a pair of runners into scoring position, and the Gators intentionally walked UT first baseman Chris Kemp to load the bases with one out. Florida then brought reliever Josh Edmondson into the game to face Arencibia, who sent an RBI sacrifice fly into centerfield to plate Borbon and give Tennessee a 4-2 lead.

Florida put runners on the corners with one out in the eighth inning, but Cobb calmly sat down the next two batters to preserve Tennessee's two-run edge.

Arencibia drove in two of UT's runs on the day, giving him his fifth multi-RBI game of the season. It was Cobb's ninth career complete game. Kemp extended his hit streak to a career-best 12 games.

The series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. Left-hander James Adkins (4-4, 4.33 ERA) will start for Tennessee opposite Florida right-hander Bryan Augenstein (7-2, 2.70 ERA). The game will be televised regionally on CSS.

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