Luke Hochevar struck out eight in his first complete game of the season.
May 7, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Luke Hochevar pitched a complete game and Eli Iorg went 4-for-4 as the Tennessee Volunteers took game one of their three-game series against the Vanderbilt Commodores, 5-3, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game two is Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. It will be televised on FOX Sports Net.
Hochevar (3-1), who retired the first 10 Commodores he faced, struck out eight and walked one in picking up the win.
He would be touched for a run in the fifth as Tony Mansolino scored on Jonathan Douillard's hit and then two more in the sixth as Ryan Klosterman tripled and scored on Mike Baxter hit. Baxter would later score on a ground out.
That would be all the 24th-ranked Commodores (31-14, 10-12 SEC) would muster as Hochevar retired the final seven hitters, including striking out two in the ninth.
The 16th-ranked Volunteers (34-13, 12-10 SEC) took a quick 2-0 lead in the first on three hits and a Vanderbilt error. Josh Alley and Iorg, who led off the inning with a double and single, scored on the error and a ground out. Alley collected three hits as Tennessee out-hit Vanderbilt 12-6.
The Vols built a 4-1 lead in the fifth as they connected with four consecutive singles. Alley and Iorg plated the third and fourth runs of the game on RBI by Kyle Norrid and Alex Suarez. They added one more in the sixth as they rapped out three more singles.
Jeremy Sowers (7-4) took the loss as he surrendered five runs (four earned) in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Jensen Lewis pitched a scoreless inning as Klosterman and Baxter finished with two hits apiece.