Riding a tidal wave of another offensive onslaught on Tuesday, the Vols'
were able to hold on to capture their 34th win of the season against only
ten defeats, by knocking off Virginia Tech 10-8 in the first annual
Hokie-Smokey Classic in Kingsport.

Eighth-ranked Tennessee collected 13 hits, as the teams traded runs early.
The Vols pushed two past the plate in both the first and second
innings--taking a 4-3 lead into the fourth inning. The Vols then scored
three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. The Hokies put together
consecutive two-run innings of their own in their half of the fourth and
fifth innings.

The two teams traded runs in the ninth inning, before Tennessee, behind
senior Brad Greene, quashed the Virginia Tech rally and took the

R.A. Dickey (11-1) started for the Vols, pitching his designated two
innings, giving up one hit, three runs, one earned run, struck out two,
while walking two. John Alkire took over in the third inning, giving up six
hits and four runs, striking out two, and walking four. Alkire was replaced
by John Darlington, who pitched three and one-third innings -- giving up
two hits, one run, striking out four and walking one. Darlington gave way
to Greene, who picked up the final two outs, garnering his first save of
the season.

Both Bryce Christensen (ankle) and Todd Helton (shoulder) left the game due
to injury.

Much of the offensive production was spread around the lineup. Seond
baseman Ed Lewis had a huge game, going 5-for-5, knocking in one run, while
scoring one himself.

The game was a sell-out at the future home of the Kingsport Mets, Hunter
Right Stadium.

The opening day of the stadium did not go off without its share of
problems, as the game was twice delayed for short power outages.

The win was Tennessee's ninth in a row.