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Tennessee Upsets Florida 11-5; Vols Fueled by 18 Hits
Luke Hochevar

Luke Hochevar

April 29, 2005

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- National pitcher of the year candidate Luke Hochevar allowed four hits in eight dominant innings and the Volunteers scored eight unanswered runs as the No. 18 Tennessee baseball team upset No. 3 Florida 11-5 Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

Tennessee improved to 31-14 (11-7 SEC) with the win, and Florida fell to 30-11 (13-6 SEC) with the loss. The victory was UT's first in Gainesville since 2001, and the Vols' 18 hits were the most allowed by Florida since April 16, 2004.

Hochevar (10-2) picked up the win while allowing three runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. From the fourth through the sixth innings, he built an 0-2 lead in the count on eight straight Gators batters. He finished by striking out the side swinging in the bottom of the eighth and now leads the NCAA with 10 wins on the year.

Five Vols recorded multiple hits and freshman outfielder Julio Borbon set a career-high with five RBIs on three hits.

After going three-up and three-down in the top of the first inning, Tennessee scored one run on three hits in the second. Junior third baseman Chase Headley led off the inning with a basehit up the middle, and he then advanced to second on a single by shortstop Eric King. After stealing third, Headley was driven in on an RBI single to right field by Borbon.

With two outs in the top of the third inning, Headley sent an RBI single to left-center, enabling junior Josh Alley to score from second and give the Vols a 2-0 lead.

Hochevar retired the first six batters he faced before UF catcher Brian Jeroloman led off the bottom of the third with a walk. Jeroloman later scored on an RBI double by Stephen Batch. The Gators plated the tying run later in the third when Batch scored from second on a basehit by outfielder Jeff Corsaletti.

After leading off the top of the fourth with his second single of the game, King stole second base and then took third on a subsequent throwing error by Jeroloman. Tennessee second baseman Michael Rivera then knocked in King with an RBI single through the left side of the Florida infield.

Florida answered in the bottom of the fourth, as Brandon McArthur scored on an RBI groundout by UF designated hitter Stephen Barton to make the score 3-3.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Tennessee junior outfielder Eli Iorg sent the first pitch he saw over the bleachers in left field. The home run was Iorg's team-best 13th of the season and gave the Vols a 4-3 lead.

The Vols extended their lead to two runs when King crossed home plate on a groundout by Borbon in the sixth. King had previously led off the inning with his fourth triple of the season and his third hit of the night.

Tennessee scored three runs on three hits in the seventh, marking the first time this season that the Vols scored in six consecutive innings. An RBI single by Headley with one out in the inning drove in Iorg from second base. King then plated freshman catcher J.P. Arencibia with an RBI sacrifice fly. Headley capped the Vols' three-run seventh when he scored on Borbon's 15th bunt single of the year.

A three-run ninth inning for UT padded the Vols' lead to eight runs. Borbon recorded his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game with a double to left field, and later scored on an RBI single by Rivera.

The Gators trimmed the final deficit to six runs by plating two in the bottom of the ninth. Both runs came off of shortstop Justin Tordi's two-run homer to left field.

Sophomore right-hander Sean Watson threw the ninth inning for Tennessee and gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout.

Florida starter Tommy Boss worked four innings and allowed four runs on a season-high-tying nine hits. Boss took the loss and dropped to 5-3 on the year. He struck out four UT batters and left the game after Iorg's homer in the fifth inning.

Gators right-hander Connor Falkenbach entered the game in the fifth inning and combined with relievers Mike Pete and Bryan Augustein to allow seven runs (five earned) on nine hits throughout the final five innings.

The series resumes Saturday at 4 p.m. True freshman left-hander James Adkins (6-1, 2.00 ERA) takes the mound for Tennessee, while Florida counters with junior right-hander Alan Horne (4-2, 4.41 ERA).


 

 

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