season, helped break open a one-run game as the No. 14 Tennessee Volunteers
(6-1) pulled out a 9-5 victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts (4-2)
at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C. on Sunday.
The win extends the Vols' winning streak to five games and gave them
the title at the Franklin Life Classic, where they went 4-0 over the weekend.
Justin Ross (1-0) worked 6 1/3 innings for his first win. Clark Odom
went the final 2 2/3 for his second save.
Brian Bain (1-1) suffered the loss for Western Carolina.
The Catamounts took a 2-0 lead in the first without a hit as they benefited
from a sacrifice fly, three walks, two wild pitches and a Volunteer error.
The Vols capitalized on a Catamount error in the fourth as they tied
the game at two apiece on Donnie Ross' bases-loaded single with two out.
Chuck Koone's two-out two-run home run in the bottom of the frame gave
the Catamounts a 4-2 lead, and Dave McKay's single in the fifth plated Chris
Moore for a 5-2 lead.
Two solo home runs by Kurt Keene and Josh Morris, along with a sacrifice
fly and a wild pitch by Bain, keyed a four-run sixth as the Vols took a
6-5 lead. It was Keene's second and Morris' first home run of the season.
Cortez slugged a three-run blast over the center field fence in the ninth
for a 9-5 lead.
Jeff Sziksai's RBI double bottom of the frame capped the Catamounts'
Tennessee will take on Mercer in Macon, Ga., Feb. 20-22.
After dropping five games in a row to start the season, the Lady Vol
softball team, which began the year ranked for the first time ever (No.
25), Tennessee bounced back with two wins Sunday in the Coca-Cola Classic
in Phoenix, Ariz.
Tennessee first pulled off a 2-1 upset win over No. 3 Washington and
followed that up with a 10-2 victory over Detroit Mercy.
Sarah Ayers (1-3) and Jackie Beavers (1-2) picked up the wins for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols will next take part in the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe,
La., on Friday.
Women's Tennis Suffers Narrow Defeat
The Tennessee women's tennis team dropped a narrow 5-4 decision to Notre
Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday.
Margie Lepsi, Erin Lowrey and Vinny Seiverling each picked up singles
victories for the Lady Vols.
Meanwhile, Manisha Malhotra and Lepsi defeated Tiffany Gates and Jennifer
Hall in doubles competition.
Roy a Winner at SECs
Tennessee freshman diver Shannon Roy, who entered school at the beginning
of the spring semester, scored 583.60 points in winning the Southeastern
Conference three-meter diving championship Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.,
as he defeated defending champion Brent Roberts of Alabama by more than
Roy's score ranks second in Vol history to Evan Stewart, who won Tennessee's
last three-meter championship in 1996.
"I am very pleased with my performance out there today," Roy
said. "I did not miss a dive and that is what I needed to do with this
tough, experienced competition."
Gabi Chereches, another Vol freshman, finished fourth with a score of
522 in the finals while Chip Chiapetta, a junior, scored 485.65 to finish
in seventh seventh place and give Tennessee head diving coach Dave Parrington
three athletes among the top eight.
The SEC Diving Championships conclude today with the platform diving
event. The SEC Swimming Championships begin on Wednesday.
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