June 6, 2004
Kinston, N.C. - Luke Hochevar tossed a complete game shutout as the Tennessee Volunteers survived their first elimination game of the NCAA Kinston Regional Sunday by defeating the Stony Brook Seawolves, 1-0, at Grainger Stadium.
Tennessee (38-23) awaits the loser of the East Carolina-UNC Wilmington game tonight at 7 p.m. ET in another elimination contest. Stony Brook ends its season with a 29-27 mark. The Volunteers must win the nightcap to reach Monday's 1 p.m. championship game.
Alex Suarez's two out RBI double was the difference as the Seawolves kept the inning alive by failing to turn a double play. Eli Iorg drew a one-out walk and Eric King reached safely after first baseman Dave Mischo's fielded the ground ball and made a wide throw that shortstop Matt Devins laid out for to retire Iorg. King then stole second before Suarez turned on a 2-2 pitch that hit high off the wall in left allowing King to score easily.
Hochevar (4-2) scattered eight hits with four strikeouts in his second complete game effort of the season. Only two Stony Brook runners reached third base all afternoon.
The Seawolves put pressure on the Vol starter in the ninth as Devins and Isidro Fortuna led off with back-to-back singles. Then, with the defense playing in, Nick Theoharis popped up a bunt down the first base line that Brett Chappell made a diving catch on for the first out. Hochevar buckled down and got Mischo to hit a soft fading liner to the right of shortstop Brian Cleveland who made the catch and threw to second to complete the game-ending double play.
Kevin Fitzgerald (7-3) also went the distance for Stony Brook as he took the hard-luck loss by limiting the Vols to six hits.
Kyle Norrid went 3-for-4 to lead Tennessee at the plate, while Devins and Stephen Didsbury had two hits to pace Stony Brook.