May 8, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - It was a classic pitchers duel at Lindsey Nelson Stadium Saturday as Vanderbilt's Ryan Mullins and Tennessee's Craig Cobb went toe-to-toe with complete game efforts. But it was Vanderbilt, which scratched for two early runs that came out on top with its sixth shutout of the season, 2-0. It was the first shutout suffered by the Vols since Kentucky blanked them 1-0 last season.
Tennessee fell to 34-14 overall and 12-11 in Southeastern Conference play, while Vanderbilt (32-14, 11-12 SEC) evened the series with the win. The rubber match is Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Mullins (6-2), who allowed just four hits, went the distance for the second time this season as he no-hit the Volunteers for 5 2/3 innings. Josh Alley roped a single to center to break up the no-hit bid in the sixth. No Volunteer would reach second until the ninth when Eli Iorg and Kyle Norrid collected back-to-back one-out singles to give Tennessee its only scoring opportunity of the day. Mullins, who struck out four walked two, got Alex Suarez to ground into a double play to end the game. Norrid had two of UT's four hits.
Cobb (3-1), who pitched his second straight complete game, was touched for single runs in the first and third innings. After giving up five hits in the first three innings, he limited the Commodores to just three hits the rest of the way. He would finish with five strike outs and three walks.
Ryan Klosterman led off the first with a single, took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a ground out before scoring on Worth Scott's hit. Warner Jones, who went 3-for-4 to lead the eight-hit Vanderbilt attack, plated the second run in the third as he tripled to center before Cesar Nicolas singled to drive him home.
The game was played in one hour and 54 minutes, a Tennessee record for the fastest nine-inning game in school history.