April 20, 2005
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- An error-ridden ninth inning turned a respectable ballgame into a blowout Wednesday night as the No. 16-ranked Tennessee baseball team defeated Tennessee Tech 15-4 at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex. The Volunteers finished with 13 hits and posted seven unearned runs in the final inning.
The Vols improved to 27-10 (9-5 SEC) with their fourth straight win, while Tennessee Tech dropped to 8-28 (3-8 OVC). Freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia drove in four runs for Tennessee, and the Big Orange turned three double plays on the night.
The Vols loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth and ended up batting around in what quickly turned into an ugly inning for Tennessee Tech. The Eagles committed four errors to bring their night's total to seven. Tennessee's Nos. 3-9 hitters all scored in the inning to put the finishing touches on the 15-4 victory.
Tennessee junior Eli Iorg led off the second inning with a stand-up triple to right-center. Freshman catcher Arencibia then plated Iorg with an RBI groundout, opening the game's scoring. The Vols' next batter, designated hitter Kelly Edmundson, unloaded on the first pitch he saw and sent it over the fence in left-center for his sixth home run of the season. Edmundson's long ball gave the Vols a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
A pair of Golden Eagles errors led to two unearned runs in the top of the third. Freshman outfielder Julio Borbon reached on TTU second baseman Kenny Stiles' second fielding error of
the inning and then advanced to third on a basehit by junior Chase Headley. Borbon then came home on a balk by Tech pitcher Adam Cloar. Headley took second on the balk and then
advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tennessee notched its fourth run of the game when Headley scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Arencibia.
The Vols loaded the bases with one out in the fifth and Arencibia recorded his third and fourth RBIs of the game with a single to right-center, giving Tennessee a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Borbon made a spectacular grab at the fence in left field to take a potential home run away from Tennessee Tech center fielder Hunter Mize.
Tennessee Tech scored three unearned runs on consecutive UT fielding errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to trim the Vols' lead to three runs. Another Vols error in the seventh enabled the Golden Eagles to put another run on the board, making the score 6-4 Tennessee.
After going 5-for-5 with five RBIs against Tennessee Temple Tuesday night, Vols senior Eric King knocked in a run in the eighth inning versus Tech. Senior Alex Suarez put UT up 7-4 on King's RBI double. King later scored on a triple by freshman outfielder Daniel Beasley to build Tennessee's lead back up to four runs.
Sophomore right-hander Craig Cobb made his eighth start of the year for the Vols and allowed three unearned runs on five hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The Knoxville native picked up the win to move to 5-1. Senior reliever Chris Howell came on for Cobb and worked 1/3 inning, giving up one run on one hit.
Senior right-hander Joey Andrews replaced Howell in the seventh and worked himself out of a jam, as the Eagles had managed to put two runners in scoring position. In total, Andrews pitched two shutout innings and allowed just one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.
Redshirt freshman Chase Hardin occupied the mound for UT for the bottom of the ninth and struck out one batter.
Cloar started for the Eagles and left the game after being touched for four runs (two earned) on five hits with one walk. Cloar took the loss to drop to 0-5 on the season, and five TTU relievers combined to allow seven unearned runs on eight hits in five innings.
Tennessee travels to Nashville Thursday afternoon for a three-game weekend series with Vanderbilt (24-11, 7-8 SEC). Friday and Saturday's games begin at 6 p.m. CT, and Sunday's series finale starts at 1 p.m. CT. The Vols entered the week sporting the SEC's highest batting average, while the Commodores boasted the league's top ERA.