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

to 16.

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.