May 10, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- J.P. Arencibia went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a game-high four RBIs as the Tennessee baseball team dispatched Western Carolina 7-2 Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. UT first baseman Chris Kemp drove in a pair of runs to record his team-high 10th multi-RBI game of the season. The Volunteers improved to 28-20 with the win.
Vols starting pitcher Deunte Heath worked a career-high seven innings and picked up the win to improve to 4-2 on the year. The junior from Atlanta, Ga., allowed two runs on five hits with one walk and a career-best eight strikeouts before giving way to fellow junior Ty Pryor in the eighth.
WCU's only scoring came off an RBI basehit from third baseman Jonathan Greene in the first and a solo home run by catcher Blake Murphy that trimmed UT's lead to 4-2 in the sixth. The Catamounts finished with just five hits to Tennessee's 13.
While the Vols sputtered out of the gate defensively with two errors in the first inning, they came out firing on all cylinders offensively. Centerfielder Julio Borbon led off the bottom of the frame with a triple and later scored on an RBI double by first baseman Chris Kemp. Arencibia then promptly drove in Kemp with an RBI basehit that gave Tennessee a 2-1 lead after one full inning.
Arencibia plated two more runners in the third inning, capping a three-basehit rally with a two-RBI single through the left side of the Catamounts' infield that put the Vols up 4-1.
Western Carolina starting pitcher Caleb McConnell left the game after absorbing four runs on six hits through three innings of action. He fell to 1-5 with the loss and gave way to the first of four WCU relievers who saw action on the night.
Tennessee tacked on three runs on three hits in the bottom of the seventh to build a 7-2 lead. Kemp logged a sacrifice fly to record his second RBI of the night, and Arencibia's fourth hit in as many at-bats gave him his fourth RBI of the game.
Pryor tossed two hitless innings to close things out for the Vols. The Catamounts' bullpen gave up three runs on seven hits with five Ks to no walks.
Western Carolina fell to 27-22 with the loss. The Vols now lead the all-time series with the Catamounts 16-5, dating to 1954.
Tennessee travels to Columbia, S.C., this weekend to face South Carolina in a three-game series at Sarge Frye Field. Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Saturday's contest starts at noon and will be shown on ESPN. Sunday's series-finale begins at 1:30 p.m.