May 12, 2003
Knoxville, Tenn. - Kyle Norrid's two-run home run highlighted a four-run fifth inning as the Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Division II Tusculum Pioneers, 6-2, in the final home game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tennessee (31-21) now travels to Nashville, Tenn., to play the Vanderbilt Commodores May 16-18. Tusculum (33-19) heads to the NCAA Division II South Regional to play Florida Southern on Thursday.
A single by Jimbo Watson, his second hit of the game, set up Norrid's two-run blast off loser Jeff Bryant (2-2) in the bottom of the inning, snapping a 2-2 tie, to give the Vols the lead for good. Josh Alley and Javi Herrera, who walked and singled respectively, scored on a single by pinch hitter Brett Chappell and subsequent Pioneer error for a 6-2 lead.
Casey Eisemann worked a designated four innings in his first career start, giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
After Jordan Czarniecki plated an unearned run in the first on a sacrifice fly, the Pioneers plated a run in the second on an RBI double by Doug Hering.
The Vols manufactured a run in the third as Czarniecki scored on a ground out after drawing a walk and stealing second and third for a 2-1 lead.
The Pioneers threatened to break the game open in the fifth by loading the bases with one out off reliever Rob Fitzgerald, but only plated one run on a double by Guy O'Connell to knot the game at 2-2. Beau Massey (2-2) thwarted the threat by getting a strikeout and a pop up. He earned the win in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief.