May 7, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee third baseman Chase Headley hit a series-clinching, RBI triple in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday afternoon to give the No. 13 Volunteers baseball team a dramatic 6-5 win over South Carolina at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Freshman designated hitter J.P. Arencibia scored the game-winning run after reaching on a single.
Headley's clutch hit- which fell just short of diving Gamecocks centerfielder Davy Gregg - was just the Vols' third hit since the fifth inning. Tennessee (34-14, 14-8 SEC) finished with 10 hits to South Carolina's (32-15, 12-11 SEC) seven.
Gamecocks starter Zac McCamie was solid in nine innings of action. The senior right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Closer Brent Marsh came on to work the 10th inning for South Carolina. He took the loss and dropped to 2-2 on the year after giving up one run on two hits in 1/3 inning.
Tennessee sophomore right-hander Craig Cobb worked eight efficient innings and allowed five runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. He retired 19 of 21 batters at one point and sat down the side in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.
Cobb gave way to sophomore Sean Watson, who got the win after tossing two innings and walking three. Watson improved to 6-3 with the victory, which came just one day after he recorded his fourth save of the year.
The day's scoring started in the top of the first inning, as South Carolina first baseman Steve Pearce sent an RBI single through the left side of the infield. Steven Tolleson scored from second on the play, barely beating Headley's throw to home plate.
The Vols dealt an even bigger blow in their half of the first, as their Nos. 2-6 batters all crossed home plate in the inning. Junior right fielder Eli Iorg hit a one-out triple off the wall in right center and was then driven in on an RBI basehit by Arencibia. Senior shortstop Eric King then knocked in Arencibia and Headley with an RBI single of his own.
Vols catcher Kelly Edmundson capped UT's five-run first inning with a two-RBI single to left field that allowed freshman left fielder Julio Borbon and King to both score. Borbon had previously reached base on his 17th bunt single of the season. In total, Tennessee posted five runs on six hits in the inning to take a 5-1 lead into the second. The Vols would not score again until the 10th.
In the top of the fourth inning, Gamecocks designated hitter Ryan Mahoney plated Michael Campbell with a bloop single to shallow center field, trimming the Vols' lead to three runs. Then in the seventh, South Carolina third baseman Neil Giesler hit a three-run shot to right field, knotting the score at 5-5. Prior to the seventh inning, the Gamecocks had only four baserunners on the day.
The Gamecocks put runners on first and second base with two outs in the top of the 10th, but Watson got second baseman Chris Brown to groundout and end the inning.
Tennessee is now 2-0 in extra-inning games this season. The Vols have not swept an SEC series yet this season.
The series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. Freshman left-hander James Adkins (6-2, 2.58 ERA) takes the mound for Tennessee, while South Carolina has not announced its starter.