May 16, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Blake Forsythe's 10th-inning single and Matt Ramsey's second save in two nights led Tennessee to a 7-6 series-clinching victory over Vanderbilt on Friday night at a sold-out Hawkins Field. Forsythe finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBIs and his 15th home run of the year.
Tennessee (25-29, 10-19 SEC) got a season-high five innings from starting pitcher Jeff Lockwood while right fielder Charley Thurber collected three doubles and three runs scored. Shortstop Zach Osborne also picked up three RBIs on three singles to improve his season total in SEC play to 23.
Vanderbilt (31-23, 12-16) rallied with four runs in the bottom of the eight to take a 6-5 lead. A two-run double by center fielder Jonathan White send the tying and then, go-ahead runs across the plate.
UT freshman Will Locante (2-1) picked up his first collegiate victory after pitching a scoreless ninth. The left hander walked two and struck out two. Fellow freshman Matt Ramsey picked up his third save of the season after retiring the Commodores in order in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Vandy reliever Richie Goodenow (0-1) took the loss after allowing one run on one hit.
Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a run-scoring single to left field by Osborne who continues his strong hitting in SEC play. Thurber scored after leading off the inning with a double to center field.
Vanderbilt tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth on an sacrifice fly off the bat of catcher Andrew Giobbi, scoring first baseman Curt Casali who reached on a walk.
In the top of the fifth, Osborne put the Vols in front 2-1 with an RBI double down the left field line to send home Thurber who also doubled before advancing to third on a groundout by Ramsey.
The Commodores tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Shortstop Brian Harris drove home White with a double high off the wall in left field.
Tennessee edged back in front 3-2 on sacrifice fly by first baseman Matt Hamaker in the top of the sixth inning. Designated hitter Kentrail Davis scored on the play after reaching on a single to lead off the inning.
The Vols took a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Forsythe, high over the wall in left field.
The Vols scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 6-6 when Osborne drove in this third run of the game with a single up the middle to score Thurber who lead off the inning with a double.
Lockwood allowed two runs (one earned) in his third start of the season. He walked one and struck out three.
The two teams return to the diamond at noon Central time Saturday. Vanderbilt will send right-hander Drew Hayes (4-3, 5.72 ERA) to the mound while Tennessee has not announced a starting pitcher. The game will be regionally televised on CSS.