Kip Bouknight pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout relief as South Carolina
defeated Tennessee 4-3 to take a Southeastern Conference baseball series
two games to one.
South Carolina improved its record to 17-5, 2-3 in the SEC. Tennessee
dropped to 16-5, 3-3. Right-hander Bouknight improved his record to 4-0.
Junior right-hander Kurt Scott, 3-1, took the loss for Tennessee.
Solo home runs, by Justin Ross leading off the game and by Donnie Ross
and Kurt Keene in the second inning staked Tennessee to a 3-2 lead. South
Carolina scored twice in the bottom of the first on a walk to Mike Curry,
Scott's two-base error on a pickoff attempt, Adam Everett's sacrifice fly,
a single by Derick Urquhart and Adam Poe's RBI double.
South Carolina loaded the bases in the third inning on Curry's infield
hit and two walks and Curry scored on a sacrifice fly by Poe to tie the
South Carolina left two runners on base in the third and left the bases
loaded in the fourth but Bordenick led off the bottom of the fifth with
his fifth home run of the season to give the Gamecocks a 4-3 lead. A double
by Tripp Kelly and two walks loaded the bases after Bordenick's homer but
South Carolina again left three men on base.
Bouknight struck out nine and walked one, allowing four singles, in his
5 2/3 innings of work. The potential tying run reached base in the top of
the ninth when Justin Ross singled with one out. However, Jeff Pickler's
line drive was caught by Gamecock left fielder Urquhart, and he doubled
Ross off first base to end the game.
Tennessee out-hit South Carolina 9-6, with Justin Ross and Kurt Keene
getting two hits apiece. Eduardo Figueroa, Travis Copley, Donnie Ross and
Michael Anderson had the other Volunteer hits. Six South Carolina players
Vols and Mocs to Play Basketball?
University of Tennessee-Chattanooga athletic director Oval Jaynes says
the school is negotiating to play Tennessee next season in basketball.
"I know we'll play," he said Friday. "It's just a matter
of when it will be. I know it will be in Knoxville."
White Earns All-America Honors
Tennessee's Kelli White, who finished seventh in the 200-meter dash on
Friday night at the RCA Dome, came back on Saturday evening to place fourth
in the 55-meter dash and earn her second All-America certificate in as many
days at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
White completed the short sprint in a time of 6.84 seconds to pick up
the third indoor All-America accolade of her career and seventh overall
in 2 1/2 seasons of competition at Tennessee. The junior, who hails from
Oakland, Calif., finished behind Kwajalein Butler of LSU, Debbie Ferguson
of Georgia and Lakeisha Backus of Texas, who all crossed the line in 6.78.
On Friday, White turned in a Tennessee indoor record of 6.77 to clock
the fastest time in the 55-meter preliminaries. That mark broke Dedra Davis'
standard of 6.79, set in the prelims at the 1994 Indoor Championships, which
were also in Indianapolis.
Also on Friday, White came back to run a personal-best 23.48 seconds
in the 200-meter trials and advance to the finals with the third-fastest
qualifying time. Later in the evening, in her third race of the day, she
broke the tape at 23.63 to grab indoor All-America distinction in the 200-meter
dash for the second straight season. Backus finished first in 23.18, while
Ferguson leaned at the finish line to edge LSU's Peta-Gaye Dowdle (23.22).
With her top-eight finishes in those events, White tallied seven points.
As Tennessee's lone female representative at the meet, she helped the Lady
Vols finish 31st overall. Last season, Tennessee did not score at the NCAA
Tennessee will now focus on the outdoor season, which begins March 24
at the ARCO Olympic Training Center Invitational in Chula Vista, Calif.
On that same trip out west, the Lady Vols will compete in the Stanford Invitational
on march 28 and 29. The first home meet is slated for April 8-11, as UT
hosts the annual Sea Ray Relays at Tom Black Track.
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