Vols Drop 5-3 Decision To Florida

May 23, 2004

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Knoxville, Tenn. - Ben Harrison slugged a three-run home and Connor Falkenbach posted a solid outing on the mound as the Florida Gators salvaged the final game of the series with a 5-3 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Florida snapped a five-game losing streak to improve to 38-18 overall and 17-13 in Southeastern Conference play. Tennessee dropped to 36-20 and 14-16 in league action. The Volunteers will be the No. 8 seed at the SEC Tournament which begins Wednesday at the Hoover-Met in Birmingham, Ala.

Falkenbach (8-6), who suffered losses in the first two games of the series in relief, hurled 7 1/3 innings in his second start of the season for the win. He limited the Vols to three runs on five hits with two strikeouts. Bryan Ball pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for his first save.

Craig Cobb (3-3), who had pitched three straight complete games, took the loss as he was roughed up for five runs on 12 hits in seven innings. Ben Riley, Beau Massey and Scot Drucker closed out the game.

After Florida took a 1-0 lead in the second on three hits, Rob Fitzgerald scored on Chris Kemp's RBI single in the fourth to even the game.

Harrison put the Gators up 4-1 in the fifth with a two-out three-run home run, his 16th. They added another run in the seventh on a single by Jeff Corsaletti scoring Adam Davis who led off with a double.

Tennessee cut the gap to 5-3 in the eighth as Brian Cleveland and Chase Headley had RBI singles that scored Todd Martin who led off with a double and Eli Iorg who was hit by a pitch.





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