April 16, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Dusty Johnson hurled six shutout innings and Joey Andrews picked up his first save as the Tennessee Volunteers thwarted a ninth-inning rally by the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in taking a 3-1 victory at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Bulldogs (15-17) put the tying run on base with a lead off single by Bill Carley and a walk by Steve Sherman off Vol reliever Casey Eisemann. Andrews then came on to retire the final three hitters, two on strikeouts, to preserve the win.
Tennessee (22-14) scored one in the first on a sacrifice fly and tacked on another in the second on an RBI single by Jeremy Cabbage that scored Michael Rivera who singled, stole second and took third on a ground out.
The Bulldogs, who out-hit the Volunteers 8-7, scratched for their lone run in the eighth off Green when Jake McConiga scored from second on pinch hitter Charles Pippitt's single to center. McConiga reached on a fielders choice and took second on a wild pitch.
Czarniecki and Josh Alley each had two hits to pace the Vols, while Daniel Pruitt got two hits, with a double to lead UNCA.
Brad Beck (1-3) took the loss as he gave up all three runs on six hits. Dustin Sode finished the game with 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Tennessee travels to Lexington, Ky., to face the Kentucky Wildcats in a three-game series Apr. 18-20. Game times are 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET for all three games.