April 16, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 23-ranked Tennessee baseball team defeated No. 10-ranked Arkansas 8-2 Saturday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The victory marked the first time the Volunteers had won a game when being out-hit this season. The Razorbacks recorded nine hits to Tennessee's eight, but committed four costly errors.
A crowd of 2,726 was in attendance, marking UT's largest home crowd of the season. Freshman J.P. Arencibia sealed the win with a pair of RBIs in the eighth inning, and junior Chase Headley added a homer and three runs scored.
True-freshman left-hander James Adkins got the win for the Vols and improved to 6-1. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native now sports a 2.07 ERA and a perfect 3-0 record in SEC games.
The Vols struck first Saturday, as a sacrifice fly by junior Michael Rivera with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning plated Headley to give Tennessee a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, a fielding error by Razorbacks pitcher Josh Smith enabled Arencibia to score from second base and give the Vols a two-run advantage.
The Razorbacks tied things up on a two-run homer by Craig Gentry in the top of the third inning. The home run was Gentry's first of the season and ended up providing Arkansas' only scoring of the night.
Tennessee freshman Julio Borbon doubled down the left-field line with no outs in the bottom of the fourth and later stole third base and then came home on a subsequent throwing error by Arkansas catcher Blake Parker.
In the bottom of the sixth, Headley led off the inning with a solo home run that hit the top of the scoreboard in right field. The long ball was Headley's team-leading 10th of the season and his sixth in SEC play. Later in the inning, Borbon plated Tennessee's fifth run of the night on an RBI fielder's choice by senior Alex Suarez.
Arencibia came through for the Vols with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning, and a throwing error by Razorbacks second baseman John Henry Marquardt on the same play allowed Headley to score from third and make the score 8-2 in favor of Tennessee.
Adkins allowed two runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings on the mound. His seven Ks were a career-high against an SEC opponent. Sophomore right-hander Sean Watson pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for UT and tallied one walk and one strikeout while logging his second save of the year.
Arkansas starter James Gilbert was chased from the mound after allowing two runs (one earned) on no hits and dishing out two walks in just 1 1/3 innings. Gilbert gave way to Smith, who worked 2 1/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts. Smith took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the year. Lee Land and Daryl Maday also saw time on the mound for Arkansas and combined to allow five runs (three earned) on seven hits.
The Razorbacks' four errors led to four unearned runs for the Vols, who are now 20-1 this season when holding the lead after the sixth inning.
The series concludes Sunday at 11:15 a.m. ET. Tennessee has not announced a starting pitcher.