April 15, 2003
Johnson City, Tenn. - Alex Suarez' first home run of the season, a towering shot over the left field fence, snapped a 5-5 tie in the seventh as the Tennessee Volunteers went on to defeat the East Tennessee State Buccaneer's, 8-6, at Howard Johnson Field.
Tennessee (21-14) took advantage of its two-out opportunities as it plated its first five runs with two men out in battling to a 5-5 deadlock after four innings.
Suarez' lead-off home run in the seventh off loser Josh Kite (2-6) opened the door for the Vols as they plated three runs in taking an 8-5 lead. Kyle Norrid drew a four-pitch walk before scoring on a double by Walter Sevilla who took third on the throw. Sevilla then plated the eighth run on Josh Alley's perfect sacrifice bunt.
Caleb Moore tripled and scored in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 8-6.
Five Volunteers, led by Brian Cleveland's three singles, collected at least two hits as they out-hit ETSU 13-9.
Brandon Crowe (2-0) earned the win after pitching 6 1/3 innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits with five strikeouts.
Andy Howdeshell's first-inning lead off home run to right, his sixth, gave the Bucs (10-22) a quick 1-0 lead.
The Vols then struck for four in the second in taking a 4-1 lead. Justin Branson's two-out double following back-to-back singles by Brian Cleveland and Walter Sevilla got the first two across, before two straight walks and a Buc error led to two more runs.
After Jordan Abromovitz' third home run to right in the second, ETSU plated three in the third on two hits in taking a 5-4 lead. The Bucs loaded the bases on a double by Howdeshell and two walks before Steven Calicutt was hit by a pitch scoring Howdseshell. Shane Byrne then delivered a two-run single to right center chasing Vol starter Rob Fitzgerald giving them the lead.
Tennessee tied the game 5-5 in the fourth when Nick Crowe scored on a double steal after reaching on two-out walk and taking third on Jordan Czarniecki's second hit of the night.
Tennessee returns home for a single game against UNC Asheville on Wednesday at 7 p.m.