May 16, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cody Hawn's two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning led Tennessee to a 9-7 victory and series sweep of Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field. Hawn finished the game 4-for-6 with four RBIs and his 22nd home run of the year. The victory is the Vols' third in extra innings this week.
With the game tied heading into the tenth, center fielder Kentrail Davis led off inning with a single through the right side before Hawn launched his home run over the monster wall in left field. Hawn finished his stellar first season as a Volunteer ranked second in home runs (22), third in RBIs (81) and seventh in slugging percentage (.773) in school history.
Tennessee (26-29, 11-19 SEC) finishes the season having won four straight games and with a road-series victory against Vandy for the first time since 2001. The sweep of the Commodores in Nashville is the first for the Vols since they started playing three-game conference series in 1976. In his final appearance, senior Jarred Frazier went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and his first home run of the season.
Vanderbilt (31-24, 12-17) still clinched a spot in the 2009 SEC Tournament by virtue of Florida's 13-9 victory over Kentucky in Gainesville, Fla., this afternoon.
In a replica of Friday night, UT freshman Will Locante (3-1) picked up the victory and Matt Ramsey earned his third straight save. Locante pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with two walks and three strikeouts. Ramsey recorded the final two outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Vandy right-hander Nick Christiani (5-5) pitched the final two innings of the game, surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out three.
Vanderbilt took an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. Commodore designated hitter Aaron Westlake pushed the first run across the plate with a sacrifice fly to left field followed by a run-scoring single off the bat of catcher Andrew Giobbi. First baseman Curt Casali then stole home to make the score 3-0. Vandy added another run in the bottom of the second to take a 4-0 lead.
Tennessee cut the advantage to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Frazier led off the inning with his first home run over the wall in center field to score the Vols' first run of the game. Hawn then drove in a run with an RBI single to right field.
The Vols tied the game at 4-4 with another pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. Hawn drove in his second run of the game with a run-scoring single to center field. Ramsey then reached on an error with the bases loaded which allowed Davis to score from third, who previously reached on a single.
Vanderbilt regained the lead 7-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a three-run home run by Westlake over the wall in left-center field. The homer was his seventh of the season.
UT tallied three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Pinch hitter Jeff Lockwood got the scoring started with a fielder's choice to score catcher Blake Forsythe from third which Frazier followed with a run-scoring single. Shortstop Zach Osborne capped the scoring with his sixth RBI hit of the series.
Volunteer starting pitcher Aaron Tullo allowed four runs on three hits in two innings of work. The junior issued three walks. Danny Wiltz and Stephen McCray made appearances out of the bullpen for Tennessee.
Play was halted in the bottom of the third for two hours and 54 minutes due to strong thunderstorms and lightning in the area.
Tennessee finishes the season with 87 home runs which ranks second all-time in school history while tying for third all-time with a .972 fielding percentage.