April 26, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A seven-run fifth inning helped lift the Tennessee baseball team to a 9-2 win over UNC Asheville on a wet Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Seven Different Volunteers drove in runs as UT improved its record to (25-16, 7-10 SEC). The Vols' bullpen also enjoyed a strong showing, working five shutout innings.
Bulldogs third baseman Steve Burnich laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt in the second inning to give Asheville the early lead. Johnny Martinez scored on the play after drawing a walk and advancing two bases on wild pitches.
UNC Asheville (16-26) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when designated hitter Elliott Arrington sent an RBI basehit to left field, scoring shortstop Matt Henson.
Tennessee scratched its first run of the game when right fielder Ryan Jones plated shortstop Tony Delmonico with an RBI sacrifice fly in the third. Then following a scoreless fourth inning, Borbon led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run to right field. Borbon's game-tying longball was his first homer of the season and the fourth of his career.
Later in the bottom of the fifth with one out and the bases loaded, Van Kirk laced a two-RBI single through the left side of the infield. Second baseman Michael Rivera then followed that up with an RBI double deep in centerfield. Three of the Vols' next four batters drove in one run each, with Cody Brown recording an RBI sacrifice fly and Jarred Frazier and Delmonico both collecting RBI basehits.
After sending 12 batters to the plate in the seven-run frame, Tennessee owned an 8-2 lead after six innings. It tied for the most runs scored by the Vols in a single inning this season, and virtually assured UT of its 15th come-from-behind win of the year.
Tennessee added an insurance run in the seventh when Brown scored from third on an RBI single by Borbon.
Vols starting pitcher Ty Pryor left after allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts through four full innings. Junior right-hander Deunte Heath (3-2) came on in the fifth and picked up the win by working three shutout innings with three strikeouts. Relievers Aaron Everett and Sean Watson worked one solid inning each to close things out for UT.
Right-hander Andrew Alexander (0-1) started on the mound for UNCA and took the loss after being touched for three runs on three hits through four innings. Four Bulldogs relievers then combined to give up six runs on eight hits through the final five frames.
The Vols now travel to Oxford, Miss., to take on 22nd-ranked Ole Miss in a three-game weekend series.