TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Tennessee used a sacrifice fly sandwiched by five hits
to overcome a 7-3 deficit to take an 8-7 lead in the seventh inning and
post a 12-7 win over Alabama at Sewell-Thomas Stadium to win the series two
games to one.
Tennessee reeled off four straight hits to start the frame, including
getting run scoring doubles from John Massey and Ryan Case before Jeff
Baumtrog's sacrifice fly pulled UT to within 7-6.
A base hit by Chris Burke plated Case with the tying run, and Justin Parker
drew a bases loaded walk to score Burke with the go-ahead run at 8-7.
Tennessee added a single run in the eighth and three in the ninth, keyed by
Chris Burke's two-run single, for the final margin.
Tennessee improved to 30-11 overall and 6-7 in the SEC, while Alabama fell
to 22-16 and 5-10 in the league. Marlyn Tisdale (3-0) picked up the win in
2/3 innings of relief and Jamie Bennett pitched three shutout innings for
his first save.
Lance Cormier (3-3) took the loss in relief as he allowed seven runs (five
earned) on eight hits over the final three innings.
Crimson Tide starter Jeremy Vaughn allowed three runs on three hits in the
first inning, but shutout the Vols over the next five holding them to one
hit and retiring 13 straight at one point. Tennessee starter Brian Gates
left after 2 1/3 innings due to injury.
A Tide error and two RBIs from Kris Bennett and Stevie Daniel helped the
Vols jump out a quick 3-0 lead in the top half of the first. The lead was
short lived, however, as the Crimson Tide got one back in the bottom of the
frame when Ben King singled home Brent Boyd with two out, and then tied the
game in the second on Darren Wood's two-run single to right.
Rock Mills gave Alabama a 4-3 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly that
plated Jeremy Brown who got hit by a pitch and reached third on a fielding
error by Case at first base. Two throwing errors by the catcher Massey on
stolen base attempts allowed the Crimson Tide to extend their lead to 6-3
in the fourth.
Boyd drove in his third run of the game on his second home run of the
series and eighth of the year with a blast to left in the sixth as Alabama
extended its lead to 7-3.
Tennessee's next game will be at Tennessee Tech, Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Diamond Vols overcome Tide
Published: Tue Apr 11, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:13 p.m.