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Vols Fall in Slugfest at Kentucky 17-11
Blake Forsythe

Blake Forsythe

May 3, 2009

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - In a back and forth high-scoring game on Sunday afternoon Kentucky defeated Tennessee 17-11 at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The two teams combined for 28 runs, 23 hits including seven home runs, and five errors.

Tennessee (21-27, 7-17 SEC) hit three solo home runs on the afternoon and set a season high in runs scored in a Southeastern Conference game with 11. Catcher Blake Forsythe when 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a homer, three runs and two RBIs. Cody Brown, Cody Hawn, Charley Thurber and Tyler Horne also drove in at least two runs.

Kentucky (24-23, 9-15) clinches the series with the victory for its third conference series win of the season.

Volunteer reliever Danny Wiltz (1-2) went 1-2/3 innings allowing three runs on two hits while issuing a walk and striking out three. Wiltz struck out the first three batters he faced after entering the game with two outs in the third.

Wildcat left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell (5-5) pitched the final five innings of the game and surrendered one run on two hits. He issued one walk and struck out four.

Tennessee took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a bases-loaded double smoked down the left-field line by Brown to drive in three. Forsythe's singled previously to drive in Zach Osborne for the first run of the game. Osborne singled through the left side to lead off the game.

Kentucky jumped in front 8-4 with an eight-run bottom of the second. A three-run triple off the bat of second baseman Chris Bisson tied the game at four before an RBI single by first baseman Gunner Glad gave Kentucky a one-run lead. Center fielder Keenan Wiley then followed with a three-run home run to right-center. All eight runs in the inning were unearned.

UT first baseman Hawn hit a solo home run, his 18th of the season, in the top of the third inning to make the score 8-5. The home run ties him with former Vol Doug Hecker for fifth on the school top-10 list for home runs in a season.

The Wildcats added two more runs in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to 10-5.

Tennessee designated hitter Horne cut Kentucky's lead to 10-6 with a solo home run to center field to lead off the top of the fourth. The homer was Horne's eighth of the year and the third time this season he has homered in back-to-back games.

The Volunteers tied the game at 10-10 with four runs in the top of the fifth. Hawn got the scoring started with an RBI double to right-center field. Thurber then drove in two with a single through the right side, which Horne followed with the game-tying single to the left side.

A five-run bottom of the fifth gave Kentucky a 15-10 lead. The big blow of the inning was a grand slam by designated hitter Braden Kapteyn.

Forsythe hit the Vols' third solo home run of the game in the top of the sixth to make the score 15-11.

Kentucky added two more in the bottom of the seventh to extend it lead to 17-11.

Volunteer starting pitcher Steven Gruver went 1-2/3 innings in his first Southeastern conference start. The freshman allowed six runs (none earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out three.

Stephen McCray, Will Locante, Joey Rosas and Matt Ramsey made appearances out of the Volunteer bullpen.

Tennessee returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Chattanooga, Tenn., to take on Georgia Tech, ranked No. 10 by Baseball America, at AT&T Field, the home of the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Vols then take on South Carolina in a three-game weekend series at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium for their final home games of the 2009 season.

 

 

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