June 6, 2004
Kinston, N.C. - Matt Poulk's game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth capped a two-run rally as the UNC Wilmington Seahawks posted a 4-3 comeback victory over the Tennessee Volunteers at the NCAA Kinston Regional to advance to Monday's championship game against East Carolina.
After loading the bases on three walks and breaking into the scoring column in the seventh by scoring two runs without benefit of a hit, Matt Sutton and Jonathan Batts led off decisive frame with back-to-back singles chasing reliever Craig Cobb (3-5). Sutton took third on Batts' hit and plated the tying run on a passed ball. Two intentional walks and a fielders choice once again loaded the bases, setting up Poulk's hit off Scot Drucker, scoring pinch runner Kenny Smith with the winning run.
Blake Cross (3-4) worked 4 2/3 shutout innings of relief for the win as the Seahawks improved to 40-22. Cross, who picked up the save in UNCW's 8-5 win over the Vols in the first game, struck out a season-high seven.
Tennessee finished the season 38-24 after defeating Stony Brook 1-0 in the first elimination game of the day.
Eric King doubled twice, scored and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Vols.
Tennessee took a 1-0 lead in the first as Eli Iorg drew a lead off walk and scored on King's double to left center, which snapped a seven-game 0-for-27 slump.
In a near replay of the first inning, Iorg led off the third by reaching on a wild pitch after striking out and scored on King's second double of the game. King would give the Vols a 3-0 lead by plating on a ground out two batters later.
Derek Tharpe, making his second start since returning from an elbow strain suffered April 23, shut out the Seahawks on four hits in five innings with four strikeouts for a no decision.
Seahawk starter Zach Booker surrendered three runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings in taking the defeat.
UNCW's Chip Grawey got hits in his first two at-bats to set the Colonial Athletic Association record for hits in a season with 101.