April 21, 2004
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee stole a season-high six bases en route to its 30th victory of the season with a 10-1 win over the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Bush Stadium.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the No. 10 Volunteers (30-9) while securing their 12th 30-win season in the last 14 years. Tech dropped to 11-17.
Tennessee scored in each of the first five innings in building a 10-0 lead. The Eagles made an error in each of the first two innings leading to four unearned runs. Nick Crowe, who drove in two, capped a three-run second with a triple, while Brian Cleveland added an RBI double in the third while swiping two bases.
Rob Fitzgerald then scored on a sacrifice fly by Crowe in the fifth.
Dusty Johnson (1-0) earned the win in his first start with a career-high eight strikeouts in five no-hit innings. He started strong by striking out four of the first six batters he faced and finished his outing the same way by striking out the side in the fourth and the first batter in the fifth before inducing an inning-ending double play.
Matthew Edwards (0-4) took the loss for Tech.
Joey Andrews made his first appearance since Feb. 29 after battling an elbow injury, continued the no-hit bid by striking out the side in the sixth.
With one out in the seventh, pinch hitter Brian Brauss broke up the no-hitter with a solid single to left off Chris Howell. Tech mounted its only major scoring threat by loading the bases before Howell got Grant French to ground into a tailor-made double play to end the inning.
Then in the ninth, four wild pitches in the ninth led to Techs only run as Philip Hatch struck out and took first on a wild pitch and moved around the bases to score on three Craig Cobb wild pitches.
Tennessee plays host to the No. 7 LSU Tigers in a key Southeastern Conference series April 23-25. Game times are 7 p.m., 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. (EDT).