April 20, 2003
Lexington, Ky. - Javi Herrera's two-out single to left in the ninth scored Jordan Czarniecki with the go ahead run as the Tennessee Volunteers rallied for the third time to post a 9-8 victory over Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium, salvaging the final game of the series.
Tennessee (23-16, 8-10 SEC) began the final rally by ripping off three straight singles started by Nick Crowe's fourth hit. Czarniecki then got a hit moving Crowe to third before Josh Alley drove home Crowe with the tying run. After Michael Rivera flew into a double play, sending Czarniecki to third, Herrera came through with his third hit.
After plating just one run on 15 hits in its previous two games against Kentucky, Tennessee exploded for 18 hits as seven Vols collected at least two.
With the win, Tennessee moved to within one game of South Carolina in the SEC Eastern Division following its loss to Mississippi State.
Spencer Graeter went 4-for-5 to lead Kentucky (16-22, 4-13 SEC), while Caleb Brock drove in a game-high four runs.
Kalen Gibson (2-3) took the loss in relief of James Rodriguez who worked two innings, giving way after yielding Crowe's hit. Mark Galvin allowed four runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings, while Seth Stanley worked 2 2/3 innings.
A walk, a hit batter and two singles by the first four hitters, including an RBI hit by Michael Rivera, gave Tennessee a 1-0 lead in the first.
Brock's three-run double capped a four-run third as Kentucky took a 4-1 lead. After recording two outs around a Casey Gilvin double, Hochevar issued an intentional walk to Mike Breyman that set the table for Graeter's RBI single to right. Another walk to Jake Kungl loaded the bases for Brock's hit.
The lead was short lived as Czarniecki clubbed a three-run home run to left, his second of the year, tying the game 4-4. After getting the first batter out in the fourth, the Vols reeled off five straight hits, including Czarniecki's home run, to chase the starter Galvin. Stanley came on in relief with runners on second and third and retired the final two hitters on two pop ups.
Following Walter Sevilla scoring on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth, the Cats plated two more in taking a 6-5 lead. Brad Pickrell led off with a double and scored on Graeter's double to left center knotting the score at 5-5. Graeter then took third on Kungl's hit and scored on a sacrifice fly as Brock collected his fourth RBI.
After Tennessee plated an unearned run in the sixth tying it 6-6, it took the lead in the seventh when Kyle Norrid scored on double play after the Vols loaded bases on two hits and a walk. Rivera scored the tying run when Sevilla got hit by a pitch after reaching on an error and taking third on back-to-back hits which loaded the bases.
Once again, Kentucky rallied to take an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the seventh. The first four Cats all reached safely on three hits and a walk, including an RBI hit by Kungl scoring Pickrell. Breyman scored when Brock grounded into a double play.
Tennessee plays host to Tennessee Wesleyan Monday at 7 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It is a make up contest for the game rained out on April 9.