April 19, 2003
Lexington, Ky. - Derek Tharpe matched his career high with 11 strikeouts, but it was the Tennessee defense that let up for the second straight game as the Kentucky Wildcats posted a 4-1 win over the Volunteers at Cliff Hagan Stadium. Tennessee looks to salvage the series Sunday at 2 p.m.
For the second straight game, Tennessee (22-16, 7-10 SEC) had a pitcher go the distance as Tharpe (4-4) logged his first complete game. He gave up four runs (three earned) while scattering eight hits, retiring seven straight at one point.
The loss dropped the Volunteers to fourth place in the Eastern Division, a half game behind third-place Florida and two games behind first-place South Carolina.
Leading 2-1, the Wildcats extended the lead to 4-1 in the seventh on two Vol errors and two hits. Aaron Edwards began the inning by reaching second on a throwing error by third baseman Michael Rivera. He took third on Joe Niall's single who stole second before another throwing error by catcher Javi Herrera, trying to pick off Edwards off third, sailed into the tarp down the left field line allowing both runners to score.
Kentucky (16-21, 4-12 SEC) took a quick 2-0 lead on four hits in the first as Jake Kungl started with a one-out single and scored from first on Mike Breyman's double to left center. Breyman then scored on Caleb Stewart's two-out single up the middle as the Cats left the bases loaded.
Czarniecki went 3-for-5 as Tennessee out hit Kentucky 10-8. Walter Sevilla also doubled twice for the Vols.
Joe Naill went 3-for-3 to pace the Cats.
Heath Castle (4-3) earned the win, surrendering one run, while scattering eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Kalen Gibson held the Vols in check for 1 2/3 innings, while Seth Stanley earned his second save as he retired the three of the final four hitters in the ninth.