University of Tennessee's closer Sean Watson (23) celebrates their 13-3 win against Georgia Tech with catcher J.P. Arencibia (44) Saturday, June 11, 2005 at Russ Chandler Stadium during the NCAA Super Regional in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gregory Smith)
June 11, 2005
College World Series Tickets
Tennessee fans have an allotment of 700 tickets for UT's first two College World Series games. Tickets cost $17 each and go on sale Mon., June 13 at 8:30 a.m. ET. Tickets are only available for purchase via phone order (865-656-1200) or over the counter at the UT Ticket Office in Thompson Boling Arena. TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE.
ATLANTA - The Tennessee baseball team clinched a spot in the 2005 College World Series Saturday by completing a two-game sweep of national No. 2 seed Georgia Tech in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional. The Volunteers cranked out 16 hits while posting a dominant 13-3 victory over the Yellow Jackets in front of 3,857 at Tech's Russ Chandler Stadium.
Tennessee improved to 46-19 on the year and extended its winning streak to five games. The ACC champion Yellow Jackets closed out their season with a 45-19 record.
"I'm very proud of our guys," UT head coach Rod Delmonico said. "This is probably the best team I've ever been on or coached. I'm very lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to coach these young men this year. It's been a lot of fun, but we're not done yet."
Vols freshman James Adkins made his third career postseason start and was impressive through 7 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits and finished with 11 strikeouts while notching his 10th win of the season.
Adkins is now a perfect 3-0 in postseason outings and has 38 Ks in his last three appearances.
Tennessee didn't record its first hit until the third inning, but the Vols did manage to put runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings thanks to a walk and three hit-by-pitches.
The Vols then broke loose for six runs on seven hits while batting around the order in the bottom of the third. Shortstop Eric King led off the inning with a basehit and third took second on a groundout by catcher J.P. Arencibia. Headley then logged a single, and King came home on an RBI sacrifice fly by designated hitter Eli Iorg.
Headley then moved to second base on a single by senior Rob Fitzerald, and second baseman Rivera stepped into the batter's box with two men on and two out. The junior from Miami, Fla., unloaded on the first pitch he saw and crushed a three-run homer out of the park in left field, giving UT a 4-0 lead.
Tennessee closed out its big third inning with Julio Borbon and Alex Suarez scoring on back-to-back RBI singles by Josh Alley and King. Borbon had previously reached on a two-base throwing error by Tech starting pitcher Lee Hyde.
Hyde was pulled after the error. The left-hander worked just 2 2/3 innings and was lit up for five runs (four earned) on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Hyde took the loss to fall to 7-4 on the year.
The Vols built a commanding 9-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Fitzgerald drove in Headley with an RBI single, and Borbon brought in two runs with a basehit to centerfield.
The Yellow Jackets, meanwhile, had just one hit to their credit through four innings. Tech plated its first run when second baseman Mike Trapani knocked in Steven Blackwood with an RBI single up the middle in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Headley scored his third run of the game, coming home on an RBI single by Rivera. Headley's team-leading 81st run of the year restored the Vols' nine-run lead.
Georgia Tech posted a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning. Both runs came off consecutive RBI singles by Jeff Kindel and Wes Hodges.
An RBI fielder's choice by King and a two-RBI double by Arencibia in the bottom of the eighth built UT's lead to 10-runs.
UT sophomore Sean Watson tossed the final 1 1/3 innings and picked up his team-leading eighth save of the year.
Hyde gave way to right-hander Jordan Crews, who gave up four runs on six hits in just 1/3 inning. Tech relievers Jared Hyatt, Tim Ladd, Brad Rulon, Ryan Turner, Jason Neighborgall and John Michael Vidic combined to give up four runs on six hits through five innings on the hill.
Tech's backup first baseman, Whit Robbins, was ejected from the game in the top of the sixth.
Tennessee's previous College World Series Appearances came in 1951, 1995 and 2001. This year's berth marks UT's third under 16th-year head coach Rod Delmonico. The 2005 College World Series runs June 17-27 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., and will be televised on the ESPN networks.