April 15, 2005
KNOXVILLE -- The No. 23-ranked Tennessee baseball team dropped a 4-1 contest to No. 10-ranked Arkansas Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Razorbacks out-hit the Volunteers nine to four in front of a UT season-high crowd of 1,852.
Tennessee ace Luke Hochevar lasted eight innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits with five walks and six strikeouts. The junior took the loss and moved to 8-2 on the year. Hochevar had previously posted wins in each of last eight outings.
The Razorbacks took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning when John Henry Marquardt hit a two-run homer off the scoreboard in right field. It was only the second home run of the season allowed by Hochevar, who finished the game with 214 career strikeouts to rank tied for fifth on UT's all-time list.
A double steal by Arkansas in the top of the fifth inning put runners on second and third with two outs, but Hochevar got Marquardt to strike out to end the threat.
Tennessee managed to load the bases with just one out in the bottom of the fifth, but couldn't plate any runs in the inning.
Arkansas later stretched its lead to three runs when Jake Dugger was driven in on an RBI groundout by Clay Goodwin in the sixth inning. Then in the top of the seventh, the Razorbacks took a 4-0 lead when Craig Gentry scored on a fielder's choice by Marquardt.
Tennessee junior Chase Headley put the Vols on the scoreboard when he cranked a solo home run over it in the ninth inning. The homer was Headley's ninth of the season, tying him for the team lead. He leads the club with five long balls in SEC play.
Sophomore right-hander Craig Cobb threw the ninth inning for UT, allowing two hits and posting two strikeouts.
Razorbacks' starting pitcher Nick Schmidt (5-1) picked up the win after working 5 2/3 shutout innings. He scattered three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Right-hander Charley Boyce replaced Schmidt and gave up one run on one hit with two strikeouts while recording his second save of the season.
The series resumes Saturday at 7 p.m. ET, with freshman left-hander James Adkins (5-1, 2.02 ERA) taking the mound for Tennessee and left-hander James Gilbert (3-0, 3.11 ERA) starting on the hill for Arkansas. The game will be televised on CSS.