Vanderbilt Scores Four in the Eighth to Down Vols 6-4

April 24, 2005

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A four-run eighth inning gave Vanderbilt a 6-4 win over the No. 16 Tennessee baseball team Sunday afternoon at Charles Hawkins Field. The Commodores won the weekend series 2-1, and the Volunteers dropped to 28-12 (10-7 SEC) with the loss.

Vols junior Eli Iorg drove in two runs, and freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia added a late home run for UT. The series loss was just Tennessee's second in six SEC series this season.

Vanderbilt All-America Warner Jones highlighted the four-run eighth for the Commodores with a two-run homer to center field that put his team on top for good. Antoan Richardson had previously tied the game by scoring on a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning, and Alex Feinberg added to the VU lead with an RBI double that plated Brian Hernandez.

The day's scoring began when Vanderbilt leadoff man Rucker Taylor doubled to left field to lead off the bottom of the first. Taylor later scored on an RBI double to left-center by Jones to give the Commodores (27-12, 9-9 SEC) an early 1-0 lead.

The Vols countered with a run in the top of the second, as junior outfielder Josh Alley doubled up the middle to drive in Michael Rivera from third base.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Commodores reclaimed a one-run advantage when Matt Zeller hit a solo homer to right field. Prior to Zeller's home run, Vols starter Craig Cobb had retired 14 consecutive Vanderbilt batters.

Iorg got a two-RBI single to fall in shallow left-center in the seventh inning. Alley and junior Chase Headley scored on the play to give UT a 3-2 lead.

The Vols loaded the bases in the eighth but were unable to extend their one-run lead. Arencibia hit a solo home run to left-center in the ninth inning to make the final score 6-4. The long ball was his ninth of the season, leaving him just two homers away from tying former Vol Todd Helton's UT freshman record of 11, set in 1993.

Cobb made his ninth start of the season for Tennessee and gave up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. The Knoxville native took the loss to fall to 4-2 on the year. Senior relievers Joey Andrews and Chris Howell combined to work the final 1/3 inning, allowing two runs on two hits.

Vanderbilt starter David Price was lifted after allowing three runs on five hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Right-handed reliever Michael Wagner then took the hill for the 'Dores and exited after allowing two hits in just 2/3 inning.

Stephen Shao tossed just 2/3 inning for Vandy but it was enough to log the win and improve to 3-1 on the year. Matt Buschmann picked up his first save of the season after pitching the final inning for the Commodores.

Temperatures topped out in the mid-50s during Sunday's game, with winds from the northwest gusting up to 23 mph.

Tennessee returns to the diamond Tuesday when it hosts Tennessee Temple in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. UT then plays host to Furman (15-20, 8-10 SoCON) for a 7 p.m. contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.





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