May 8, 2009
With three home runs and a six-run bottom of the fourth, Tennessee powered to a 9-5 victory over South Carolina on Friday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (22-27, 8-17 SEC) got two-run homers from center fielder Kentrail Davis and third baseman Cody Brown, and a grand slam from shortstop Zach Osborne to account for eight of its nine runs. Brown finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs.
South Carolina (30-19, 12-13) scattered 12 hits on the night and got RBIs from five different starters.
Volunteer starting pitcher Nick Hernandez (3-5) surrendered five runs (three earned) on 12 hits in seven innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out five.
Gamecock starter Sam Dyson (7-4) worked six innings allowing nine runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out three.
South Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by catcher Justin Dalles to drive home first baseman Nick Ebert.
Tennessee rallied to take a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Brown got the scoring started with an RBI single up the middle to score left fielder P.J. Polk who doubled to lead off the inning. Davis then hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot, over the wall in right-center field.
The Gamecocks added a run in the top of the fourth on a groundout by designated hitter Parker Bangs to make the score 3-2.
The Volunteers built a 9-2 lead with a six-run bottom of the fourth. Osborne's first career grand slam was the big hit of the inning which Brown followed with a two-run homer, his sixth of the season.
South Carolina added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fifth and another in the sixth to make the score 9-5.
Tennessee freshman Matt Ramsey entered the game with a runner on second and a 2-0 count in the top of the eighth and retired the next three batters in order, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Ramsey also pitched a one-two-three ninth inning to close out the game.
The two teams return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday. Right-hander Ty'Relle Harris (4-4, 6.18 ERA) will take the mound against left-hander Nolan Belcher (3-3, 4.40).