April 15, 2009
Infielders Cody Brown and Cody Hawn combined for four home runs and 10 RBIs to lead Tennessee to a 16-4 victory over Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (17-21) scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings including four in the first and six in the third. Hawn finished the game 3-for-4 with seven RBIs, two runs and a walk, while Brown went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs.
"It was a game a lot like last night," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "We jumped out on them early. It all started with our pitching. I feel like we turned a corner there. We are pitching well and obviously swinging the bats. Cody Brown and Cody Hawn played great, but who didn't? We've had two complete games in a row. Going back to last week, I think we are playing our best baseball right now."
Hawn's two home runs gives him a total 14 for the season, which ties him for ninth on the top 10 list for home runs in a season. Hawn is tied with former Vols J.P. Arencibia, Chase Headley, Scott Schroeffel and Alan Cockrell.
Volunteer starter Stephen McCray (4-3) pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out two.
Middle Tennessee (24-10) dropped it second game in a row to an SEC opponent as they fell to Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.
Right hander Chad Edwards (5-1) allowed nine runs on 10 hits in 2-1/3 innings for the Blue Raiders. Edwards walked one and struck out one.
Tennessee sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first to take an early 4-0 lead. Hawn's three-run home run to center field was the big hit of the inning. Zach Osborne and Kentrail Davis scored on the play after reaching base on a single and hit by pitch, respectively. Charley Thurber also drove in a run with a single through the right side.
The Vols extended their lead to 7-0 with three runs in the second. Brown hit Tennessee's first inside the park home run since Davis achieved the same feat last season at South Carolina. Hawn then hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to the scoreboard in right field.
Middle Tennessee tallied a run in the top of the third on center fielder Nathan Hines's RBI single to right field to make the score 7-1.
Tennessee broke the game open with a six-run third inning, taking a 13-1 lead. The inning was highlighted by home runs off the bats of third baseman Tyler Horne and Brown. Brown's two-run homer was his second of the game.
UT added two unearned runs in the fourth inning to make the score 15-1. Hawn drove in a run with a bases loaded walk in the sixth to give UT a 16-1 lead.
In the top of the seventh, MTSU second baseman Taylor Dennis hit a three-run homer to make the score 16-4.
Tennessee returns to the Southeastern Conference play this weekend when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., for a three-game weekend series against the LSU Tigers. Game times are scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern time Friday and 2 p.m. Eastern time Saturday and Sunday.