Kentucky's Robert Newton hit his second home run of the game in the top of
the 10th inning to break a 6-6 tie, giving the Wildcats a 7-6 win over the
Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.
With the win, Kentucky moves to 21-4 on the year and 3-4 in the SEC and
will stake a claim to their first SEC series win of the year. The Vols, on
the other hand, fall to 23-8 and 3-4 in the SEC and will try to avoid a
three-game sweep in the final game of the series on Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky took the early lead after the Wildcats scored runs in the first
and second innings to lead the Vols 2-0. Tennessee answered in their half
of the second when Ryan Case hit an RBI single that scored John Massey to
bring the Vols within one. Tennessee took over the lead in the third when
Jeff Christensen and Stevie Daniel each scored runs that gave UT a 3-2
Kentucky's Robert Newton blasted his first home run of the game in the
fourth that tied the score. Both teams traded the lead in the next three
innings until the game was forced into extra innings for the second
The Vols had runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth
innings, but were unable to drive in the winning run. Newton connected on
his second home run of the game with no outs in the top of the 10th to put
the Wildcats in the lead.
Tennessee's Chris Burke hit a double with two outs in the bottom of the
10th and advanced to third on a wild pitch to give the Vols a runner within
striking distance. But on the next at-bat, Kentucky shortstop Jeff Meade
ended the Vols' hope of tying the game when he fielded an infield grounder
by Kris Bennett to get the final out of the game.
Wildcats claw past Diamond Vols
Published: Mon Mar 27, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:11 p.m.