April 15, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Preseason All-America pitcher James Adkins put together his best performance of the season Saturday to help the Tennessee baseball team post a 2-1 win over 27th-ranked Florida at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Adkins tossed a complete-game and struck out 11 to give the Volunteers their first Southeastern Conference series win of the season.
Tennessee improved to 21-14 (5-8 SEC) with the win and will look to complete a sweep of the Gators in Sunday's series-finale, which begins at noon.
The Vols used three consecutive basehits to score one run in the seventh inning and take a one-run lead they would not relinquish. Senior first baseman Chris Kemp sent an RBI single into centerfield to bring in outfielder Julio Borbon with the game-winning run. Borbon scored both of UT's tallies on the day.
The day started slowly, as the Gators (21-18, 4-10 SEC) stranded a runner in scoring position in both the first and third innings, and the Vols managed just one hit through three frames.
The clubs remained scoreless through five innings, with both starting pitchers performing masterfully. Adkins allowed just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts, while Gators ace Bryan Augenstein had given up three hits with six Ks and no walks.
Florida finally opened the day's scoring in the top of the sixth, as catcher Brian Jeroloman drove in outfielder Gavin Dickey with an RBI basehit through the right side of the infield. The Vols answered in the bottom of the sixth, however, as right fielder Ryan Jones delivered a bases-loaded, RBI single that tied the game at 1-1.
Adkins found himself in a bit of jam in the top of the seventh, as UF put runners on first and second with one out. But the preseason All-America hurler struck out Gators outfielders Brian LeClerc and Dickey to escape unscathed.
Augenstein left the game after giving up two runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts through seven innings. Right-handed reliever Darren O'Day came on to work the eighth inning for the Gators.
Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico went 3-for-4 on the day, while Borbon and Kemp each recorded a pair of hits. The game marked Tennessee's 12th comeback win of the season.
The series concludes Sunday at noon. Right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-2, 3.79 ERA) will start for Tennessee, and Florida's starter has yet to be announced.