May 6, 2006
KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee baseball team rallied for four runs in the eighth inning Saturday to record a come-from-behind win over Vanderbilt in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols' preseason All-America catcher, J.P. Arencibia, drove in the go-ahead runs, while James Adkins picked up the victory and Sean Watson logged his ninth save of the season.
The series-clinching triumph improved Tennessee's record to 27-19 (9-13 SEC), while the Commodores fell to 27-20 (11-12 SEC).
The Vols trailed by one run entering the bottom of the eighth inning, during which the bottom of the UT lineup keyed a three-hit, four-run go-ahead rally. Freshmen Cody Brown and Jarred Frazier led off by reaching on an infield error and a sacrifice fielder's choice, respectively. Vols centerfielder Julio Borbon then loaded the bases with a perfect bunt single down the left line.
Following a popout, Arencibia laced a two-RBI double that proved to give Tennessee its 16th comeback win of the season. Also in the eighth, UT first baseman Chris Kemp and right fielder Brian Van Kirk each drove in runs that helped build a 5-2 lead.
After a scoreless opening frame, Vanderbilt used five hits in the top of the second inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Alex Feinberg and Ryan Davis each drove in runs for the Commodores.
Brown drove in Michael Rivera with a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the second to cut Vandy's lead in half. And after leading off the bottom of the fourth with a double and taking third base on a balk, Kemp attempted to tie the game when a pitch from Commodores starting pitcher Matt Buschmann slipped past catcher Shea Robin. But Robin quickly retrieved the ball and threw home to Buschmann, who tagged Kemp out at the plate to preserve Vanderbilt's one-run edge.
The Commodores threatened to take a two-run lead when they put a man on third with no outs in the sixth, but Adkins recorded a strikeout and induced back-to-back groundouts to extinguish the threat.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh before Tennessee's go-ahead rally in the eighth. Vanderbilt loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth but managed just one runs to bring the final score to 5-3.
Adkins improved to 7-5 after allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts through eight full innings. His final strikeout of the day was his 100th of the season.
Buschmann was the losing pitcher after he surrendered five runs on seven hits through 7 1/3 innings.