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SOUTH CAROLINA HANDS TENNESSEE 9-2 LOSS TO AVOID SWEEP
Kelly Edmundson

Kelly Edmundson

May 14, 2006

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The Tennessee baseball team fell short in its attempt to close out a weekend sweep of 15th-ranked South Carolina Sunday, as the Gamecocks handed the Volunteers a 9-2 loss at Sarge Frye Field. Tennessee heads back to Knoxville with its fourth straight series win over a Southeastern Conference Eastern Division opponent, but Sunday's setback dropped UT to 30-21 (11-15 SEC) on the year.

Vols second baseman Michael Rivera went 3-for-4 on the day, while Kelly Edmundson finished the three-game series with a team-high seven RBIs.

South Carolina (34-18, 14-13 SEC) used a walk and a basehit to put its first two batters on base in the bottom of the second, and outfielder Cheyne Hurst later delivered a three-run homer that gave the Gamecocks a 3-0 lead after two full frames. Tennessee would come no closer than three runs the rest of the day.

With a Carolina runner on third base and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, a wild pitch by Vols starting pitcher Josh Lindblom allowed another run to cross. And an RBI basehit by outfielder Michael Campbell in the fifth stretched the Gamecocks' lead to 5-0.

Tennessee left fielder Jarred Frazier laid down a perfect bunt single to lead off the sixth, and centerfielder Julio Borbon was then hit by a pitch to put two men on base with no outs. Following a popout, Gamecocks starting pitcher Will Atwood (4-1) hit Vols first baseman Chris Kemp with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Atwood then gave way to reliever Jeff Jeffords, who issued an RBI base on balls to UT catcher J.P. Arencibia. Tennessee managed just one more run in the frame when Borbon scored from third base on an RBI sacrifice fly by Edmundson.

 

 

Campbell, first baseman Justin Smoak and third baseman Neil Giesler each collected RBI singles as the Gamecocks built a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Lindblom left the game following Giesler's single. He fell to 4-6 with the loss after allowing eight runs on 11 hits through 6 2/3 innings of work.

An eighth-inning RBI single by Carolina's Andrew Crisp brought the final score to 9-2.

Sophomore right-hander Ty Pryor was the first man out of the Vols' bullpen. He threw one full inning before junior right-hander Deunte Heath came on to record the Gamecocks' final out.

Play was stopped for 33 minutes in the top of the ninth due to lightning in the area.

Tennessee now trails the all-time series with South Carolina 30-34, dating to 1912. The Vols have won six of the last eight against the Gamecocks.

The Vols' next action comes Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they host in-state foe Belmont (23-27, 10-17 A-Sun) at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville.

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