May 4, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - In an error filled game, the Tennessee Volunteers managed to bunch together seven runs in the middle three innings to post their third conference series win of the year with a 7-4 victory over the No. 22 Alabama Crimson Tide at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the win, Tennessee (27-21, 10-14 SEC) moved into a third place tie with Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division. Alabama fell to 32-16 overall and 13-11 in the league.
Both teams each made three errors with Tennessee's miscues leading to the first two Alabama runs in the first and third innings, respectively, before Al Hecklinski led off the sixth with his 11th home run cutting the lead to 4-3.
The first Alabama error opened the door for two Tennessee runs in the fourth as Nick Crowe and Walter Sevilla connected on back-to-back two-out RBI singles to tie the game. Two more Tide errors in the fifth led to two more runs as Tennessee took a 4-2 lead. Jordan Czarniecki and Josh Alley had RBI in the inning.
Following Hecklinski's home run, Alex Suarez tripled home two runs in the bottom of the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly as Tennessee's lead grew once again to 7-3.
Travis Garner tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh making the margin 7-4.
Seth Johnson (6-3) worked into the sixth in taking the loss, giving up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits. Brian Reed pitched finished with three shutout innings.
Alley, Crowe, Sevilla and Suarez each had two hits for the Volunteers, while Garner and Ryan Beagle paced the Tide with two hits each.
Tennessee plays its final non-conference game of the year Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Belmont.