May 10, 2009
South Carolina hit five home runs, including a third-inning grand slam, to defeat Tennessee 15-6 on Sunday afternoon at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Vols seniors Joey Rosas, Ryne Simpson, Mike Moore, Danny Wiltz, Jarred Frazier and Cody Brown were honored during Senior Day ceremonies before the game, which marked Tennessee's 2009 home finale. UT posted a 19-17 home record on the year.
"After last night's tough one, we needed to come out put a couple zeros on the board to start the game, if we had done that, I thought the game could have been different," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "Our pitching gave us no chance to win the game today. When South Carolina came out and scored four with one out in the first, that probably brought us down more than a let down from yesterday. We were obviously disappointed last night but we were pretty resilient today."
Tennessee (22-29, 8-19 SEC) got a late-inning home run from Zach Osborne and two hits each from center fielder Kentrail Davis, third baseman Tyler Horne and Brown in the loss. The Vols have four games remaining in the season.
South Carolina (32-19, 14-13) tallied four runs in three of the first five innings and tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh. With their victory, the Gamecocks clinched a berth in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.
Volunteer starting pitcher Adam Adkins (2-1) worked one-third of an inning, allowing four runs on two hits with two walks.
USC starter Blake Cooper (7-4) picked up the victory after pitching seven strong innings. The junior gave up only one run on five hits while striking out five and issuing four walks.
South Carolina took a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on back-to-back home runs by right fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr., and catcher Justin Dalles. Bradley's was a three-run shot to right-center field, while Dalles hit a solo homer to left field.
The Gamecocks increased their lead to 8-0 on a third-inning grand slam by third baseman Andrew Crisp. South Carolina loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit.
South Carolina added four more runs in the top of the fifth inning on consecutive two-run doubles by center fielder Whit Merrifield and left fielder DeAngelo Mack.
Tennessee got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 12-1. First baseman Cody Hawn punched an RBI single through the left side to score left fielder P.J. Polk after he walked to lead off the inning. With 72 RBIs on the year, Hawn moves into a tie for fifth with Eli Iorg on the school top-10 list for RBIs in a season.
USC tallied three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 15-l advantage.
UT cut the lead to 15-4 on Osborne's three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. Catcher Blake Forsythe and Horne scored on the play. The home run was Osborne's fourth of the year and second in the series.
The Vols added two more runs in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double off the bat of Forsythe, followed by a run-scoring triple by Matt Hamaker. Brown scored on the double after leading off the inning with a single.
Tennessee begins a four-game road trip Tuesday with a matchup against Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. in Murfreesboro, Tenn., before it closes out the season with a three-game series against Vanderbilt that runs Thursday through Saturday.