April 21, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Walter Sevilla's two-out two-run double in the eighth inning sparked the Tennessee Volunteers to their nine last at-bat win of the season, a 3-2 victory over the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Trailing 2-1 to the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (34-4) in NAIA, the Volunteers got back-to-back singles by Javi Herrera and Nick Crowe off starter Albert Curtis (6-1) before ace reliever Matthew Norfleet struck out Alex Suarez for the second out. Sevilla then stepped in and laced his 17th double of the season down the left field line plating the tying and go ahead runs.
Dusty Johnson (5-1) worked a career-high 8 1/3 innings in picking up his third win in his last four starts. He allowed single runs in the second and fifth on a fielders choice and sacrifice fly, respectively, while scattering nine hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Joey Andrews retired the final two hitters for his second save in as many appearances as Tennessee improved to 24-16.
The Bulldogs out-hit the Volunteers 9-6, led by Jason Howard and Phillip Russell with two hits apiece. Nick Crowe also had two hits to pace Tennessee.
Tennessee Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the second when Howard scored on a fielders choice after doubling to start the inning and taking third on a single by Chris Burnsed. Bronson Gross gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the fifth, scoring on Dusty Hammett's sacrifice fly.
Alex Suarez drove home Crowe who doubled with two out to even the game 1-1 in the fourth.
Tennessee opens a six-game road trip Tuesday at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. Game time is 6 p.m. CT