The return of catcher Scott Vieria to the Tennessee starting lineup was
spoiled on Wednesday, as the No. 8 Vols dropped a 6-4 battle at the hands
of Clemson in South Carolina.

The Vols' four runs came on a pair of homers by Todd Helton (2) in the
third inning and by Scott Schroeffel (2) in the fifth. While Helton belted
a 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence, Schroeffel's was a little more
unconventional, as an apparent double in the gap turned into an
inside-the-park homerun when the ball became lodged under the fence.

Clemson's Shane Monahan countered in the fifth with a solo shot of his own.
The Tigers would put together a fatal seventh, loading the bases with two
outs, as Seth Brezek delivered a bases-clearing triple. It was the
three-run seventh that vaulted Clemson past Tennessee to victory.

Todd Helton was 2-for-four on the day, including his third inning homerun.
Catcher Ray Espinosa went 2-for-3.

Last season's Freshman of the Year, R.A. Dickey, has continued to struggle
early in the season, taking the loss (1-1). Dickey went 6.2 innings --
giving up 10 hits, six walks, and all six runs, while striking out

Senior left-hander, John Darlington, cleaned up the final 1.1 innings,
holding the Tigers hitless -- striking out one.

The game marked the return of senior catcher Scott Vieria, who batted in
the designated hitter pitcher position. Last year's clutch hitter went
1-for-4, scoring on Schroeffel's homerun in the fifth.

Tennessee fell to 7-2 on the season. The final game of the series was
scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. Junior right-hander Ryan Myers is slated
to start for the Vols.