Tennessee Baseball Falls to Furman 3-2

April 27, 2005

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KNOXVILLE -- Big-band melodies and the sounds of swing filled Lindsey Nelson Stadium Wednesday night as the No. 18 Tennessee baseball team fell to Furman 3-2. The Volunteers sported throwback uniforms and were out-hit by the Paladins 14-7.

The Vols dropped to 30-13 (10-7 SEC) with the loss, while Furman improved to 18-20 (10-10 SoCON). Eli Iorg and freshman Julio Borbon each recorded two hits for Tennessee.

Solid defensive plays highlighted the first two and a half innings, as both teams went scoreless. In the top of the third, right-fielder Iorg showed off his strong right arm when he threw out Furman's Spence Gibbs at second base. Gibbs was attempting to turn a single into an extra-base hit, and Iorg's throw easily beat him to the bag at second.

Iorg showed his defensive prowess again in the third inning when he made a perfect throw from right-center to nab Nick Wajda at home plate. The play marked Iorg's seventh assist on the year.

The day's scoring began in the bottom of the third inning, when Iorg sent an RBI single to left field to plate Josh Alley from second base.

Furman designated hitter Sam McLain laced an RBI triple to the gap in right-center in the top of the fourth. Case Cassedy scored on the play to tie the game. Later in the inning, the Paladins took the lead when McLain crossed home on an RBI groundout by A.J. Daviduk.

Wajda was driven in on basehit by Ben Terry in the top of the fifth inning, giving Furman a 3-1 lead.

Iorg came up to the plate with runners at first and third in the seventh inning, and Furman brought in right-hander Nick Hollstegge to face the hot-hitting junior. Hollstegge threw a wild pitch, however, and Vols junior Michael Rivera scored from third base to trim the Paladins' lead to one run. That was as close as UT would get.



Tennessee senior Chris Howell's 28th career appearance also doubled as his first career start. The right-hander worked five innings and gave up three runs on 11 hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Howell took the loss to drop to 1-3 this season. Fellow senior Joey Andrews replaced Howell and worked 2 1/3 shutout innings, scattering three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Sophomore right-hander Sean Watson took the mound for UT in the eighth and struck out two batters in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Furman starter Matt Klinker was lifted after allowing one run on five hits with two walks and one strikeout in four innings of action. Left-hander Ryan Hudson then entered the game and gave up one unearned run on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. He got the win and improved to 1-2 on the year.

Hollstegge picked up his first save of the year for the Paladins while allowing one hit and striking out four in 2 1/3 innings.

The Vols now head south to the Sunshine State for a three-game weekend series with No. 3 Florida (30-10, 13-5 SEC) in Gainesville, Fla. Friday's game starts at 6 p.m., Saturday is a 4:30 p.m. start and Sunday's series finale begins at noon.

Tennessee will again turn back the clock when it faces Georgia May 21. The Vols and the Bulldogs will both sport throwback uniforms, and period music will be played throughout the game.



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