April 22, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Southeastern Conference's longest active baseball scoring streak came to an end Saturday as Tennessee was shutout by Georgia 3-0 at Foley Field. The Volunteers produced a season-low three hits while striking out a season-high 14 times. Tennessee fell to 23-16 (6-10 SEC) with the loss.
Entering the game, the Vols had scored in 114 straight contests dating to a 2-0 loss at South Carolina May 15, 2004. Saturday's setback marked just the 21st time UT has been shutout during 17th-year head coach Rod Delmonico's tenure (1,020 games).
UGA ace Brooks Brown improved to 4-3 on the year after surrendering just three hits with two walks and a career-high 14 Ks during the complete-game shutout.
Despite the setback, Tennessee received yet another quality start from right-hander Josh Lindblom. The freshman worked a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He took the loss to fall to 4-4 on the year.
Bulldogs leadoff hitter Joey Side smacked a solo homer to left-centerfield in the bottom of the first inning to give UGA an early 1-0 lead. Then in the second inning, Georgia third baseman Ryan Peisel drove in shortstop Gordon Beckham with an RBI basehit that put the Dawgs up by a pair.
Georgia (24-14, 7-10 SEC) used two hits and a fielding error to load the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, but UT starting pitcher Josh Lindblom recorded a strikeout and induced an inning-ending double play to keep the Vols within striking distance.
Tennessee got basehits from third baseman Cody Brown and centerfielder Julio Borbon in the fifth inning, and left fielder Jarred Frazier also drew a walk in the frame. But the Vols were unable to capitalize, stranding all three runners on base to remain scoreless.
Beckham added a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Bulldogs up 3-0.
After the teams combined for seven errors in Friday's series-opener, each club committed just one Saturday.
Borbon's two hits on the day moved him into the SEC lead with 64 hits this season. Vols first baseman Chris Kemp saw his career-best 16-game hit streak come to an end.
The series resumes Sunday at 1 p.m. Preseason All-America left-hander James Adkins (5-4, 3.91 ERA) will make his first Sunday start of the season for Tennessee, while Georgia sends rookie right-hander Trevor Holder (2-2, 4.75 ERA) to the hill.