May 2, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Kentrail Davis' two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning gave Tennessee its first lead of the game and led the Vols to an 8-2 victory over Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The homer put Tennessee up 2-1 before it added a run in the seventh, four in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Tennessee (21-26, 7-16 SEC) scored six of its eight runs via the home run and evened the series at 1-1 with their seventh Southeastern Conference victory of the year.
Kentucky (23-23, 8-15) was limited to two runs on eight hits. The Tennessee defense turned two double plays in order to shutdown Wildcat rallies in the first and the fourth.
Volunteer reliever Bryan Morgado gave up one run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. The sophomore walked four and struck out five. Senior Ty'Relle Harris went 4 2/3 innings in his seventh start of the year for Tennessee. Harris allowed one run on six hits and did not issue a walk or strike out a batter.
Wildcat starter Chris Rusin went 7-1/3 innings allowing six runs on five hits while walking five. The senior struck out a career high 14 batters.
Kentucky took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI double off the bat of third baseman Chris McClendon.
Davis put the Vols in front 2-1 when he crushed his eighth home run of the year over the wall in right field. Shortstop Zach Osborne scored on the play after walking to lead off the inning. The homer broke up Rusin's bid for a no-hitter.
Tennessee added a run in the top of the seventh on designated hitter Tyler Horne's solo home run to left-center field. Horne's seventh home run of the season made the score 3-1.
Kentucky cut Tennessee's advantage to 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the seventh. After being hit by the pitcher, catcher Marcus Nidiffer advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch from Morgado.
The Volunteers took a 7-2 lead with four runs on six consecutive hits in the top of the eighth inning. The big hit of the inning was a three-run homer by third baseman Cody Brown, his fifth of the season. Blake Forsythe's single up the middle scored Davis after an error by center fielder Keenan Wiley for the Vols' first run of the inning.
Forsythe drove in pinch-runner Jarred Frazier with a long single off the wall in right field. Frazier pinch ran for left fielder P.J. Polk who led off the inning with a double down the right field line.
The two teams return to action Sunday in the series finale at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher.