April 21, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. -- It took 11 innings, but the Tennessee baseball team overcame five errors to defeat Georgia 7-4 Friday night at Foley Field. Volunteers pitchers Craig Cobb and Sean Watson combined to limit the Bulldogs to nine hits, and centerfielder Julio Borbon delivered the game-winning hit as UT improved to 23-15 (6-9 SEC).
Borbon smacked a two-RBI triple to right-centerfield in the top of the 11th, driving in freshmen Cody Brown and Jarred Frazier. Shortstop Tony Delmonico then made it 7-4 with an RBI basehit that brought in Borbon to cap the day's scoring.
Cobb started for UT and was solid through eight innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts while earning a no-decision. Watson tossed three spectacular shutout innings of relief while improving to 4-2 this season with the win. The hard-throwing junior struck out four and allowed just one hit.
Georgia (23-14, 6-10 SEC) struck first Friday, as designated hitter Jonathan Wyatt scored from first on a Josh Morris single. The run gave UGA an early 1-0 lead but went down as unearned due to an outfield error.
Tennessee remained scoreless until the top of the sixth, when first baseman Chris Kemp - a senior from Duluth, Ga. - hustled home all the way from first base when catcher J.P. Arencibia sent an RBI double to the corner in left field. Designated hitter Kelly Edmundson later singled, sending Arencibia to third and setting the stage for a bases-clearing, two-RBI double by second baseman Michael Rivera. Brown finished off UT's big inning with an RBI basehit that plated Rivera. The inning turned a one-run deficit into a 4-1 lead.
The Bulldogs cut that lead to one run in the bottom of the sixth. Wyatt scored from second base on a basehit by shortstop Gordon Beckham, and an outfield throwing error also enabled catcher Jason Jacobs to score from first on the play.
In the bottom of the seventh, UGA put runners on the corners, with the potential go-ahead run occupying first base. But Cobb got Bulldogs right fielder Bobby Felmy to fly out to the warning track in left field and end the threat.
Georgia came right back in the eighth, however, as left fielder Kyle Keen tied the game at 4-4 with an RBI single. It was UGA's third unearned run of the night.
Georgia starting pitcher Mickey Westphal left the game after giving up a leadoff single to Frazier in the top of the ninth inning. Westphal was touched for four runs on 11 hits with one walk through eight full innings. Bulldogs closer Joshua Fields then came on and took the loss by allowing three runs on three hits in three full innings of action.
Bulldogs outfielder Joey Side came into the game leading the SEC with 61 hits on the year. Vols centerfielder Julio Borbon, meanwhile, ranked second in the league with 59 hits. Side went 1-for-6 on the night, and Borbon collected three hits to move into a first-place tie with 63.
Kemp stretched his career-best hit streak to 16 games, and Brown's sixth-inning RBI single broke him out of a 1-for-19 slump. The win was Tennessee's 14th comeback victory of the season. The Vols batters struck out just twice in the game, tying a season-low. But UT also drew a season-low one walk.
Rain began to fall during the bottom of the fifth inning, and play was halted briefly in the top of the sixth. The action resumed after a nine-minute delay.
The series resumes Saturday at 1 p.m. Freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-3, 4.37 ERA) will start for Tennessee, while Georgia sends ace Brooks Brown (3-3, 4.47 ERA) to the hill.