April 21, 2009
Two late-inning rallies fell short as Tennessee lost to ETSU 9-8 on Tuesday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (19-23) rallied to take the lead in the seventh and tie the game in the eighth behind a 3-for-5 night at the plate from first baseman Cody Hawn and a 2-for-4 performance by catcher Blake Forsythe. The duo combined for four RBIs.
Left fielder Troy Mendez's run-scoring double in the top of the ninth inning sent the game-winning run across the plate for ETSU (19-19). The Buccaneers hammered out 15 hits including eight doubles and a triple.
Volunteer junior Aaron Tullo (2-6) pitched two-thirds of an inning surrendering one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Buccaneer freshman Bo Reeder (4-3) did not allow a hit through the final 1-2/3 innings to close out the game.
Tennessee took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout by second baseman Cody Grisham. Forsythe scored on the play after being hit by a pitch.
ETSU responded with two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Reeder's RBI double to center drove in shortstop Garrett May who reached base on a triple. Reeder then scored on an error. The Bucs added a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Mendez to make the score 3-1.
The Vols got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning. Left fielder P.J. Polk drove in right fielder Jared Frazier with a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop.
Tennessee tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth when designated hitter Cody Brown scored from third on a wild pitch. Brown reached on a double to center field.
ETSU regained the lead 4-3 with three-straight singles in the top of the seventh inning. Pinch-hitter Chris Rankhorn singled to the pitcher scoring Mendez. UT coach Todd Raleigh was ejected from the game after arguing with home plate umpire Justin McCulley about a pitch that hit second baseman Ben Allen.
With two runs in the bottom of the seventh, UT took a 5-4 lead. Forsythe tied the game with an RBI single to center field. Grisham then walked with the bases loaded to drive home Hawn.
A four-run top of the eighth put ETSU in front 8-5. The Vols rebounded with three run in the bottom of the eight to tie the game at 8-8. Hawn drove a two-run double down the line in left field followed by Forsythe's second game-tying single of the game.
Volunteer starter Stephen McCray pitched 4-2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out two. The junior did not issue a walk.
Tennessee wraps up its four-game homestand this weekend when it hosts Arkansas, ranked No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, for a three-game weekend series. Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.