May 9, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Javi Herrera's walk-off home run with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the Tennessee Volunteers to a 1-0 victory over the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks in the first of three games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game two of the series is Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
Herrera's team-leading ninth home run came on a 2-2 pitch from reliever Scott Roehl (7-3) that was deposited just over the left field fence. Tennessee improved to 28-21 and 11-14 in the SEC, while Arkansas fell to 33-14 and 13-12 in league play.
It was a pitchers dual the entire game as both starters went at least nine innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Tennessee's Ben Riley worked into the 10th before tiring and leaving the game with one out and runners on first and second thanks to the only two walks of the night. He matched his career high of 9 1/3 innings and had retired 11 straight hitters before entering extra innings. He limited the Razorbacks to just four hits and struck out six.
Luke Hochevar (6-4) then came on and got pinch hitter Clay Goodwin to ground into a double play to end Arkansas' threat.
Jarrett Gardner also turned in a yeoman's like effort as he hurled nine innings, giving up six hits with six strikeouts.
Haas Pratt had two hits to lead the Razorbacks, while Herrera had two of Tennessee's seven hits.