April 17, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee baseball team posted a series-clinching 4-3 victory over No. 10-ranked Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The No. 23-ranked Volunteers won the series 2-1 and improved to 25-10 (9-5 SEC) on the year.
The contest marked the second straight game in which the Vols posted a win despite being out-hit. The Razorbacks recorded 12 hits to Tennessee's nine. Arkansas entered the weekend on an eight-game winning streak and dropped to 30-8 (8-7 SEC) with the loss.
Tennessee junior third baseman Chase Headley hit a two-run homer in UT's three-run fifth inning, giving him one long ball in each game of the series.
Arkansas loaded the bases with one out in the top of the third inning but could muster just one run, which came on an RBI groundout by outfielder Jake Dugger. The Razorbacks plated another run one inning later, when Clay Goodwin scored on an RBI single by Blake Parker.
Tennessee junior Eli Iorg drove in the Vols' first run of the day with an RBI double to left field in the fifth inning. Alley scored on the play to trim Arkansas' lead to one run. Headley then put the Vols on top with a two-run homer to right field. Headley now leads the Big Orange with 11 home runs this season and seven in SEC action.
Arkansas tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth, using an RBI basehit up the middle by Craig Gentry to plate Parker.
But the Vols reclaimed their one-run advantage on what would prove to be the game-winning RBI by junior Michael Rivera in the sixth inning. Freshman outfielder Julio Borbon scored from third base on the groundout to cap the day's scoring.
Sophomore Craig Cobb made his seventh start of the year for Tennessee and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts in four innings of action. After picking up the save Saturday night, sophomore Sean Watson came on to work the final five innings. Watson got the win and improved to 5-2 on the year after giving up one run on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Freshman right-hander Shaun Siebert started on the mound for Arkansas and was lifted after walking three batters in just 1 2/3 innings. Right-hander Lee Land then entered the game and tossed 2 1/3 innings before giving way to Josh Smith, who threw one. Charley Boyce (7-5) worked the final three innings for Arkansas and took the loss after surrendering the game-winning run and allowing four hits.
The Vols return to action Wednesday when they travel to Cookeville, Tenn., to face Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. ET at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.