Tennessee scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 16-7 victory over the UNC Asheville Bulldogs and a three-game series sweep at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Volunteers won their fourth consecutive game to pull even at 10-10, while the Bulldogs remain winless on the season, dropping to 0-5.
Tennessee pounded out 15 hits as seven Vols collected two hits. Nick Crowe, Brandon Hopkins and Matt Sternberg each drove in three runs, while Dennis Gomez doubled twice.
After taking a 2-0 lead on Sternberg's single in the first, the Vols broke the game open with five runs in the second for a 7-0 lead. Hopkins delivered a key two-run single, while the other three runs plated on a base hit by Walter Sevilla, a sacrifice fly and a fielder's choice.
Jeffery Terrell (2-2) started strong by striking out six in the first three innings before giving up a two-run home run to Denver Edick in the fourth as the Bulldogs cut the lead to 7-2. He finished with nine strikeouts in six innings, allowing six runs on six hits.
Steven Cook (0-1) took the loss as he was roughed up for eight runs (four earned) on six hits in four innings.
Following a four-run fifth inning in which the Vols took an 11-2 lead, the Bulldogs pulled to within 11-6 as Bill Carley provided the key hit with a bases clearing double down the left line.
After adding a single run in the seventh, Tennessee tacked on two more in the seventh on two Bulldog errors and two more in the eighth for the final 16-7 margin.
Tennessee travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to open the Southeastern Conference portion of the schedule, Mar. 15-17.
Lady Vols 4x400m relay takes sixth at NCAAs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - University of Tennessee Women's Track & Field Coach Myrtle Ferguson rolled the dice Saturday night, switching the order on her 4x400m relay. The move paid off, as the Lady Vol quartet finished sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center and picked up the program's first All-America honors in that event since 1992.
With Nicole Cook's strained right hamstring still in question despite her ninth-place finish Friday in the 800 meters, Ferguson decided to take the pressure off the Petersburg, Va., freshman and switch her from the anchor position to the number two slot.
Replacing her in the final leg was rookie Dee Dee Trotter, who normally runs second. The flip-flop worked well enough for the foursome to cross the line in 3:36.75, the fourth best time in school history.
"Considering we were questionable with lining Nicole up, I am very pleased with the outcome," Ferguson said. "We came in here with goals of earning All-America honors and breaking the school record. I am happy that they got one of them, and they would have had the record, too, if we had been injury-free.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of the way they responded today. We brought up the subject about switching legs, and they handled it with a lot of maturity."
Auburn upsets Tennessee 4-3
AUBURN, Ala.-- The No. 12-ranked Tennessee tennis team lost a 4-3 marathon match at No. 15 Auburn Sunday, which was played in frigid temperatures and lasted over six hours. The win was Auburn's first over the Vols since the 1998 NCAA regionals.
Auburn (8-2, 3-1 SEC) was strong from the outset, handing the Vols their third doubles point defeat in their last four outings. All three Auburn doubles tandems took victories Sunday, highlighted by a two-hour 9-8 win for Rameez Junaid and Tiago Ruffoni over Tennessee's No. 15-ranked duo of Mario Toledo and Simon Rea in the No. 1 match.
The Vols (8-4, 2-2 SEC) would come back and tie the match at 3-3 in the singles segment, with wins by Toledo, Mark Dietrich and Rea, playing in the No. 3, 4 and 5 matches respectively. Auburn's No. 29-ranked senior Tiago Ruffoni would then shut the door on the Vols, when he outlasted Adam Carey in a match that lasted more than four hours.
The Vols will take to the road again next weekend, as they visit No. 21 LSU Friday, at 4 p.m. The Vols will then visit No. 26 Arkansas Sunday at 1 p.m.
Vols take Bulldogs for fourth straight win, pull even at 10-10
Published: Tue Mar 12, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:10 p.m.