May 12, 2009
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - First baseman Cody Hawn's solo home run in the top of the 11th inning gave Tennessee a 5-4 victory over Middle Tennessee at Reese Smith Field on Tuesday night. Hawn finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.
Tennessee (23-29) completed the season sweep of MTSU as it picked up its first extra-inning win of the season. Hawn's home run was his 19th of the season which moves him into sole possession of fifth place on the school's top-10 list for home runs in a season.
Middle Tennessee (36-15) used a season-high eight pitchers on the night as it lost for only the fourth time at home.
Volunteer reliever Bryan Morgado (4-2) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of the game, shutting out the Blue Raiders on one hit. He struck out the final three batters of the game in the bottom of the 11th.
MTSU right-hander Coty Woods (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits with one walk and two strike outs.
In the bottom of the ninth, Blue Raider third baseman Rawley Bishop tied the game at 4-4 with a solo home run to left-center field to send the game into extra innings.
Tennessee led for the first eight innings beginning with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by catcher Blake Forsythe. Shortstop Zach Osborne scored on the play after walking to lead off the game.
MTSU tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when left fielder Bryce Brentz doubled down the left-field line to send shortstop Tyler Burnett.
The Vols extended its lead to 4-1 with a three-run top of the third. Hawn got the scoring started with an RBI single through the right side to score designated hitter Cody Brown. Center fielder Kentrail Davis then scored from third on a wild pitch which was followed by Hawn scoring on a throwing error by MTSU shortstop Tyler Burnett.
The Blue Raiders added a run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 4-2. First baseman Blake McDade drove in Brentz with a run-scoring single up the middle.
MTSU cut the Vols' lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Brentz hit a solo home run, his 26th of the year, over the wall in right field.
Tennessee junior Stephen McCray worked 2 2/3 innings in his ninth start of the year. McCray allowed one run on six hits while striking out two.
UT head coach Todd Raleigh was ejected from the game in the top of the second inning by first base umpire Scott Cline after arguing a call at first base.
The Vols return to action later this week as they closes out the season with a three-game series against Vanderbilt that runs Thursday through Saturday at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn.