April 28, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 18-4 victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The 15th-ranked Volunteers (32-11) snapped a two-game losing streak by sending 14 men to the plate in the decisive first. They rapped out 10 hits, including four doubles and a triple. Josh Alley and Nick Crowe had two hits in the inning, while Kyle Norrid and Eric King collected two RBI apiece.
They opened the inning with three straight hits, including Norrid's two-run double, before a groundout. Following an RBI double by Alex Suarez and an error, Eli Iorg poked an RBI single to right starting a string of five consecutive RBI hits, including a two-run triple by King.
The Vols then plated two more in the fourth, one in the sixth, three unearned runs in the seventh before Kelly Edmundson's smashed a three-run home run in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Eight Vols would collect two hits on the night as Tennessee pounded out 19 hits.
Luke Hochevar (2-1) worked a designated four innings in picking up the win. He allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and four strike outs, including ending the first Bulldog threat in the third by striking out the side after they loaded the bases on a double, an error and walk.
Aaron Rembert (5-6) pitched four innings in taking the loss for the Bulldogs (18-24) who dropped their sixth game in the last seven.
Steve Sherman, Nick Jaksa and Josh Coyle would each hit solo home runs while sandwiching a single run in the fourth to complete the Bulldogs' scoring
Sherman put the Bulldogs on the board with his 13th home run leading off the second as Asheville wasted two opportunities to get back into the game in the third and fourth. They came away with just one run after loading the bases in both innings. Jaska led off the seventh with his eighth and Coyle hit his fifth in the ninth.
Tennessee travels to play the No. 12 Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend in a key Southeastern Conference series, April 30-May 1. Game times are 8 p.m., 7 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET.