Cortez's slugging, defeated the No. 23 Florida State Seminoles (1-2), 5-3,
on Sunday at the ACC/Disney Baseball Blast in Orlando, Fla.
Cortez, who hit two home runs Sunday, finished the tournament batting
.538 (7-for-13), with four home runs, 12 RBIs and a grand slam.
Vol starter and Chattanooga native Kurt Scott (1-0) tossed 6 1/3 innings
of no-hit baseball, striking out 10, walking three and hitting four batters.
Scott, who worked seven innings giving up two hits, allowed three unearned
runs in the first when he dropped an infield pop fly off the bat of Brian
Cox and Shawn McCorkell stole home on a delayed steal later in the inning.
Clark Odom worked the final two innings for his first save, striking
out three. For the game, Scott and Odom combined for 13 strikeouts.
Donnie Ross' first home run of the season put the Vols on the board in
the fourth and Cortez's third home run of the season cut the Seminole lead
to 32 in the fifth.
The Vols took a 4-3 lead with two runs in the top of the sixth with the
aid of two Seminole errors. They scored on a fielder's choice RBI by Eduardo
Figueroa that plated Jason Evans, who led off the inning with a double to
right, and a run-scoring single by Jeff Pickler.
Cortez's second home run of the night, a solo shot in the seventh to
right field, lifted the Vols to a 5-3 lead.
John McDonald (0-1) took the loss for the Seminoles, pitching three-plus
innings in relief of starter Chris Ginn, who allowed two runs in five innings.
Three Vols, pitcher Scott and outfielders Cortez and Justin Ross, were
named to the All-Tournament Team.
Tennessee will take 10 days off before traveling to Charleston, S.C.,
to face the College of Charleston on Feb. 12.
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