The 13th-ranked Vols collected 18 hits and belted four homeruns en route to
a 16-15 win over intrastate rival ETSU, Tuesday in Johnson City.

All-American Todd Helton led the offensive assault for Tennessee, as he
went 4-for-5; including two doubles, two homeruns and seven RBI's.

The Buccaneers fought back from an early three-run deficit to take a
commanding 11-5 lead into the sixth inning. The Vols promptly tied the game
with a six-run onslaught in the top of the inning, only to have ETSU regain
the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and their half of
the seventh.

In the Tennessee eighth Helton hit an inside-the-park homerun that spurred
another offensive surge, producing five runs and putting the Vols up for

The Buccaneers put up another pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth
inning, but fell just short.

On the day, ETSU produced 17 hits and five homeruns of their own, including
a perfect day for rightfielder Len Hart, who went 5-for-5 with a homerun
and three RBI's.

For Tennessee, Travis Copley also went 4-for-5 with a homerun and four
RBI's. Scott Vieira produced the Vols' other homerun with his only hit of
the game. Catcher Ray Espinosa went 3-for-5 and an RBI.

Both teams went deep into their pitching staffs, utilizing four hurlers

Ryan Meyers started the game for the Vols, but only pitched three and
two-thirds innings; allowing eight hits, seven earned runs, while walking
three and striking out five. Both Brad Greene and Travis Exum gave up two
runs in their respective innings of work.

R.A. Dickey (8-1) came in to finish the final three innings to get the win,
also giving up two earned runs, while striking out four and walking none.
For ETSU, Daniel Ball took the loss in relief of starter Todd

With the win, the Vols improve to 25-9 on the season.