May 3, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers used a seven-run second en route to a 10-3 victory over the No. 22 Alabama Crimson Tide in snapping a four-game conference losing streak at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The rubber match of the series is Sunday at 2 p.m.
Alabama (32-15, 13-10 SEC) starter Taylor Tankersley (6-3) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the first, but could not make it out of the second as the Vols sent 12 men to the plate in taking a 7-1 lead.
Tankersley faced nine batters in the frame, letting the first six batters reach safely on two walks and four hits, including a two-run single by Josh Alley, before recording the first out on his second strikeout. He then issued a bases loaded walk and gave up an infield RBI hit to Nick Crowe before being replaced by Jared Woodward who would surrender two more runs on a wild pitch and fielders choice.
Woodward finished the game pitching the final 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits with four strikeouts.
Tennessee (26-21, 9-14 SEC) got a pair of solo home runs from Kyle Norrid and Jordan Czarniecki in the fourth and fifth innings in taking a 9-3 lead. Following Czarniecki's home run, Alley drew a walk and raced around third on Javi Herrera's double before knocking the ball lose from the catcher John Marshall to plate the final run.
Herrera doubled twice while Czarniecki, Norrid and Brian Cleveland added two hits apiece as Tennessee out hit Alabama 12-6.
Derek Tharpe (5-5), who was touched for one run in the second when Al Hecklinski scored on a ground out and two in the fifth on a fielders choice and a Vol error, pitched 6 2/3 innings in the win. He struck out six and walked four.
Casey Eisemann finished the game with 2 1/3 innings of no-hit shutout relief.