April 23, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. -- Preseason All-America catcher J.P. Arencibia drove in three runs Sunday as the Tennessee baseball team defeated Georgia 6-4 at Foley Field. The victory gave the Volunteers their first Southeastern Conference series win on the road this season and improved UT's record to 24-16 (7-10 SEC).
The Vols moved ahead of the Bulldogs and into fourth place in the SEC Eastern Division standings with the triumph.
Tennessee starting pitcher James Adkins - another preseason All-America selection - kept the Bulldogs batters in check all afternoon, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts. He improved to 6-4 on the year with his second SEC win in as many weekends.
Georgia (24-15, 7-11 SEC) had the potential game-tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Vols closer Sean Watson recorded a strikeout, and consecutive groundouts to log his eighth save of the year.
After Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico doubled in the top of the first inning, Arencibia slugged a two-run homer over the wall in left field. It was the sophomore's eighth home run of the season and the 22nd of his career.
Arencibia drove in another run in the top of the third, plating first baseman Chris Kemp with an RBI double to the gap in right-centerfield. Freshman right fielder Ryan Jones then sent an RBI basehit into left field to score Arencibia and put the Vols up 4-0. Both of UT's runs in the third came with two outs.
Georgia starting pitcher Trevor Holder was chased from the game after giving up four runs on four hits in only 2 2/3 innings of action. He dropped to 2-3 on the year and gave way to left-handed reliever Rip Warren.
Tennessee put runners on first and second base with no outs in the fourth, and both men scored on what turned into a wild sacrifice bunt attempt by centerfielder Julio Borbon. Warren fielded the bunt but threw wide of first base, allowing Borbon to advance all the way to third. Bulldogs right fielder Bobby Felmy retrieved the ball after Warren's throwing error, but Felmy's throw to third base eluded its target. Borbon then tried to advance home but was thrown out at the plate by Warren.
The Vols committed three infield errors in the bottom of the fourth inning, and as a result, Georgia cut the UT lead in half to make the score 6-3. Bulldogs second baseman Matthew Dunn and centerfielder Joey Side recorded UGA's only RBIs of the inning, and all three runs went down as unearned.
Georgia first baseman Josh Morris trimmed Tennessee's lead to 6-4 with a solo homer to left field in the fifth.
UGA right-hander Stephen Dodson replaced Warren in the eighth, and lefty Nathan Moreau entered the game in the ninth. The three relievers combined to give up two runs on four hits through 6 1/3 innings.
Kemp - a native of Duluth, Ga. - collected three hits on the day and had four hits in the series with two runs scored. Tennessee now leads the all-time series with Georgia 106-96, dating to 1909.
The Vols return to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host UNC Asheville at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.