May 9, 2004
Knoxville, Tenn. - Ryan Klosterman's solo home run proved to be the difference as the Vanderbilt Commodores held on for a 3-2 win and series victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee dropped its fourth straight Southeastern Conference series to fall to 34-15 overall and 12-12 in conference play. Vanderbilt, which won its second straight series over the Volunteers, improved to 33-14 and 12-12 in the league.
After Vanderbilt grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, the teams traded single runs in the third and sixth innings to complete the scoring.
In the first, Mike Baxter doubled home Klosterman who drew a lead off walk. Then in the third, Antoan Richardson reached on a single and stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error by catcher Nick Crowe.
Following Klosterman's fourth home run leading off the sixth inning, the Vols loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Kyle Norrid and Chris Kemp and an intentional walk, but could only plate one run on a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Vols mounted another threat in the eighth as Chris Kemp led off with a double. He was replaced by pinch runner Rob Fitzgerald who took third on a deep fly to center. After a ground out to the pitcher and a walk, Brian Cleveland popped out to shortstop to end the inning.
Ryan Rote picked up his 10th save by retiring the Vols in order in the ninth.
Matt Buschmann (6-1) scattered seven hits over 5 1/3 innings for the win, while Jensen Lewis kept the Vols in check by surrendering just one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Sean Watson (4-4) took the loss as he worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up just four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Patrick Hicklen finished the game with 3 1/3 no-hit shutout innings, striking out three.
Tennessee plays host to Belmont Bruins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET in the final non-conference game of the season.