May 10, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteers used a pair of four-run innings en route to an 8-1 victory over the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks, gaining their second straight Southeastern Conference series win. The Vols go for the sweep Sunday at 1 p.m.
With the victory, Tennessee (29-21, 12-14 SEC) moved ? game ahead of the Florida Gators into second place in the Eastern Division. Arkansas fell to 33-15 overall and 13-13 in league play.
The Vols broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the sixth. They loaded the bases on a single by Nick Crowe, a hit batter and a walk. Crowe plated the first run on a sacrifice fly by Javi Herrera. Following a pick off of Josh Alley at first, Alex Suarez delivered an RBI double down the left field for a 2-0 lead, marking the end Razorback starter Jay Sawatski (3-2) who took the loss.
Andrew Wishy's seventh home run of the season snapped an 18-inning scoreless streak in the series for the Razorbacks as they cut the lead to 4-1 in the seventh.
Derek Tharpe (6-5) earned the win after pitching seven innings. He allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
Joey Andrews picked up his team-leading third save by striking out three over the final two innings.
Tennessee put the game away with four more in the eighth on four hits, including a two-run single by Josh Alley. Norrid drove in his second run earlier in the inning, while Brian Cleveland added a sacrifice fly.
Clay Goodwin collected two of Arkansas' four hits, while Suarez, Norrid, Chad LeGate and Walter Sevilla had two hits each to pace the 10-hit Tennessee attack.