Jamie Bennett struck out 10 while giving up one run on five hits as the

Tennessee Volunteers defeated the Richmond Spiders (0-1), 8-4, in the first

game of the Franklin Life Classic at J.P. Riley Park as both squads endured

a 64-minute rain delay in the first inning.

Richmond struck for three runs in the ninth as Tennessee used two pitchers

before Jeremy Brown retired the final two batters for his first save.

Catcher Todd Fox collected three hits with an RBI double to pace the 11-hit

Volunteer attack.

Nic Jackson got the Spiders on the board in the second with a solo home run

to right. However, Richie Jenkins' double and a bloop single by Brandon

Hopkins gave the Vols a 2-1 lead after two.

The Vols benefited from three Spider errors and got run-scoring doubles

from Brian Baker and Fox as they built a 5-1 lead after three.

Jenkins slugged his first home run of the season with two outs in the fifth

as the Vols extended their lead to 6-1.

A bases-loaded passed ball by Josh Lamburg allowed pinch hitter Jeff

Christensen to score after he reached on a fielder's choice and move to

third off a single by Fox and a walk to Hopkins.

With runners on first and third, Donnie Ross reached on a fielder's choice

that plated Jeff Baumtrog, who singled with one out.

Mike Dwyer took the loss for the Spiders as he worked 4 2/3 innings

allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits with five strikeouts.

In Saturday's game, the Vols' Marlyn Tisdale (1-1) worked five no-hit

innings before The Citadel struck for four runs in the sixth inning and

five in the seventh to defeat Tennessee 9-1 at the Franklin Life


Tennessee fell to 3-2, while the Bulldogs improved to 2-3.

Bulldog starter Rodney Hancock (1-1) and reliever Jay Morgan combined to

strike out 13 Vols en route to the victory. Hancock struck out nine in six

innings while allowing one run on eight hits. Morgan tossed three no-hit

innings with four strikeouts for his first save.

Tavy Smalls led off the sixth with a single to right to break up the no-hit

bid by Tisdale. With the bases loaded, Aaron Haigler hit a ground-rule

double to left that lifted the Bulldogs to a 2-1 advantage. Two batters

later, Phillip Hartig scored on a passed ball and Michael Harris drove in

Haigler on an infield single for a 4-1 Bulldog lead.

A five-run seventh, keyed by a two-run double by Dallas McPherson and base

hits by Heath Higgins and Jay Morgan, gave The Citadel a 9-1 lead.

Steve Daniel's bases loaded infield single plated the Vols' lone run in the

second inning.

Tennessee took on Old Dominion (2-0) Sunday in the final game of the

tournament. Results were not available at press time.