Tennessee smashed 10 extra-base hits, including a season-high five home
runs, in capturing an 18-4 victory over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday at Bush
Stadium in Cookeville.
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Vols (16-14), who were
swept last weekend at Arkansas, and extends UT's winning streak over Tech
The Golden Eagles fell to 9-15.
Todd Fox got the scoring started for the Vols in the second inning by
blasting a three-run homer. Tech responded with a couple of runs in the
bottom of the inning when Taylor Ralph doubled with two outs down the
leftfield line, scoring Bobby Morgan and Aaron Leber to make it 3-2.
However, Jeff Christensen belted a solo shot and Chris Burke smacked a
three-run double as Tennessee tallied nine unanswered runs, scoring twice
in the third and seven times in the fifth.
After a Michael Meihis sacrifice fly scored Chad Rogers, who had tripled to
start the fifth for the Golden Eagles, the Vols added three more runs in
the sixth, two of them coming on a Justin Parker blast over the rightfield
Tech finished off its scoring in the sixth when Wes Dunn's base hit with
two outs brought home Leber, who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Tennessee wasn't finished circling the bases, though. Solo homers by Donnie
Ross in the seventh and Richie Jenkins in the ninth wrapped up the slugfest
for the Vols.
It was definitely a forgettable night for seven Golden Eagle hurlers, who
gave up a season-high 18 runs , 15 hits and 10 walks with five wild
pitches. Tech starter Brad Lay (0-1) was tagged with the loss after giving
up four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. Rogers, Meihis and Leber
paced the 10-hit Tech attack with two hits each.
Tennessee starter Jamie Bennett gave way to reliever Jeremy Brown after
leaving the contest in the second inning with a strained abdominal muscle.
Brown (2-1) earned his second win of the season, striking out six and
allowing one earned run in three innings on the hill.
Parker and Josh Morris rapped out three hits apiece for the Vols, while
Burke drove in a game-high four runs.
UT plays host to LSU this weekend at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
UT dominates Eagles, 18-4
Published: Thu Apr 01, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:49 p.m.