April 19, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 16 Tennessee baseball team routed Tennessee Temple 22-4 Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers improved to 26-10 with their third straight victory. Senior shortstop Eric King went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Junior right fielder Eli Iorg also contributed five RBIs, with four coming on his second career grand slam. Freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run blast and finished with four RBIs, and junior Chase Headley drove in three.
The Vols posted a season-high six stolen bases and also reeled off 21 hits, with eight going for extra bases. Ten different Vols posted hits and seven had RBIs.
Tennessee Temple, a National Christian College Athletic Association school from Chattanooga, Tenn., dropped to 17-25 with the loss. The Crusaders managed just four hits on the night.
A throwing error in the first inning allowed Tennessee Temple's Dustin Murray to score all the way from first base. The Crusaders plated one more run in the first when Agustin Hernandez was driven in on a basehit by Marcus Mortensen.
The Vols put one run on the board in the bottom of the first, as Josh Alley scored on a sacrifice fly by Headley.
A sacrifice fly by Murray in the second inning enabled Artie Gomez to cross home plate and put the Crusaders up 3-1.
Headley drew a bases-loaded walk in the third inning, bringing in King and trimming the TTU lead to one run. Iorg then came up to the plate and hit the first grand slam by a Vol this season. The blast to left-center was Iorg's 10th homer of the year and gave Tennessee a 6-3 lead.
Later in the third, King drilled an RBI single up the middle to score Arencibia from second base. A balk by TTU pitcher Stephen Stevens allowed senior Alex Suarez to score from third. In total, the Vols plated seven runs on five hits in the third inning to take an 8-3 lead.
Iorg recorded his fifth RBI of the game with a basehit to right field that drove in freshman left fielder Julio Borbon in the fourth inning. Iorg would then score on an RBI groundout by Arencibia, and senior Rob Fitzgerald capped the inning's scoring with a solo home run to right-center, giving UT an eight-run advantage.
Tennessee Temple relief pitcher Dustin Murray hit a solo home run that fell just inside the left foul pole in the top of the fifth.
In the seventh inning, Tennessee junior relief pitcher Jabe Beard took advantage of hit first plate appearance of the season. Beard reached on an RBI fielder's choice that drove in Iorg, and then King followed Beard to the plate and knocked in Fitzgerald with an RBI single to right field.
Tennessee built a double-digit lead courtesy of a nine-run eighth inning, during which the Vols batted around. King that plated Rivera from second base with an RBI single, and a double by Headley brought in senior Joey Andrews. Freshman outfielder Nicholas Kulp then recorded his first career hit (in his third career at-bat), sending an RBI single to right field that scored King.
The Vols tacked on six more runs in the eighth, with three coming on a home run to left field by Arencibia. The long ball was Arencibia's eighth of the year, putting him three away from tying former Vol Todd Helton's UT freshman home run record of 11, set in 1993. King pitched in with two more RBIs in the inning and UT's last run crossed on a fielding error by TTU first baseman Brad Thomas.
Junior left-hander Mike Kerfeld made his first start of the season for Tennessee and the fifth of his career. He lasted one inning and allowed two unearned runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Beard came on in relief of Kerfeld and worked a career-high six innings, giving up two runs on one hit with no walks and a career-high-tying five strikeouts. He picked up his first win as a Vol and is now 1-0 on the year.
Right-hander Evan McGuire (0-4) started on the mound for the Crusaders and was lifted after allowing five runs on two hits with four walks and one strikeout. Stephen Stevens came on in relief of McGuire and served up Iorg's grand slam on his very first pitch. In total, four Crusaders relievers combined to surrendered 17 runs on 19 hits.
The Vols travel to Cookeville, Tenn., Wednesday to take on Tennessee Tech (8-27, 3-8 OVC) at 7 p.m. ET at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex.