April 26, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The No. 18 Tennessee baseball team won both games of an abbreviated doubleheader versus Tennessee Temple Tuesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers outscored the Crusaders by a combined score of 34-3 and improved to 30-12 (10-7 SEC) with the wins.
Tennessee downed TTU 20-3 in game one before posting a 14-0 triumph in game two.
Tennessee Temple fell to 17-27 with the losses. The Crusaders have already qualified for the 2005 NCCAA World Series, and will host the 10-team event later this spring.
Game one of the doubleheader saw Tennessee freshman J.P. Arencibia hit two home runs to tie the all-time UT freshman record of 11. The Miami, Fla., native now shares the record with former Vols All-America Todd Helton, who originally set it in 1993.
A three-run home run to left field by Tennessee junior Eli Iorg and a two-run blast by Arencibia highlighted a seven-hit, 12-run first inning for the Vols.
The Vols' 13th run came when the Crusaders were called for catcher's interference with the bases loaded in the second inning.
Tennessee Temple plated two runs in the top of the fourth inning, with Evan McGuire and Alex Rizo each driving in runs for the Crusaders. TTU recorded its third run of the night when Marcus Mortensen scored on an RBI double by Brad Thomas.
In the bottom of the fifth, Iorg connected on his second home run of the night. His team-leading 12th long ball of the year was a two-run shot to left field to make the score 15-3 Tennessee. Later in the inning, Vols third baseman Chase Headley was driven in on an RBI sacrifice fly by Julio Borbon, and senior Rob Fitzgerald scored from second on an error. Tennessee took an 18-3 lead into the sixth inning.
Arencibia's record-tying homer was a two-run blast to left-center in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap the Vols' game-one scoring.
Junior right-hander Jabe Beard made his first career start for the Vols in game one and allowed three runs on nine hits with one walk and career-high six strikeouts in six inning of action. Beard logged the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. Junior lefty Mike Kerfeld struck out one batter while throwing the final inning.
First pitch for game one was delayed one hour and 32 minutes due to rain.
Just as they did in game one, the Vols started off game two with a productive first inning. Junior catcher Kelly Edmundson hit a three-run homer to left-center as Tennessee totaled eight runs on seven hits in the inning.
Iorg, Headley and senior Joey Andrews each drove in runs for Tennessee in the third inning, giving the Vols an 11-0 advantage heading into the fourth.
A sprinkling rain turned into a steady downpour in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the game was suspended for 57 minutes.
When play resumed, the Vols quickly plated three more runs, two of which came on a home run to left field by Fitzgerald. The homer was Fitzgerald's third of the season and brought an end to the night's scoring.
The contest was called after the top of the fifth inning, giving the Vols a 14-0 win. Tennessee right-hander Chase Hardin made his first career start and worked all five shutout innings, scattering three hits with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. He logged the win to move to 1-0 on the year.
The Vols return to action Wednesday when they host Furman (17-20, 10-10 SEC) for a 7 p.m., contest at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols are going to sport throwback uniforms for the game.