MINNEAPOLIS - Hal Bibee Jr. homered twice while, Walter Sevilla, Brandon Hopkins and Jordan Czarniecki combined to hit a season-high five home runs as Tennessee benefited from Minnesota's miscues and got clutch two-out hits as it defeated the Golden Gophers, 21-2, at the Hormel Foods Classic in the Metrodome. With the win, the Volunteers tied with Alabama for the best record in the round-robin tournament with a 2-1 mark. Both Minnesota and Florida Atlantic finished 1-2.
The Vols scored 19 of their 21 runs with two out, including Hopkins' second home run of the year in the first which gave Tennessee a 1-0 lead.
Bibee's four hits and four RBI paced the 21-hit attack. Sevilla, Hopkins' and Matt Sternberg each chimed in with three-hits as well.
Hopkins, Sevilla and Patrick Hicklen were named to the All-Tournament team.
Leading 4-1, Tennessee (6-9) broke the game with four runs on three hits in the fifth to take a commanding 8-1 lead. Dennis Gomez and Bibee had RBI hits as an error and a passed ball led to the two other runs.
The Vols added two more in the sixth and three in the seventh on Bibee's first home run of the year and Czarniecki's two-run blast that gave Tennessee a 13-1 lead.
Back-to-back home runs by Sevilla and Bibee in the ninth made it 19-2.
Ben Riley (2-0) got the victory as held the Gophers to one run on one hit in a season-high six innings. He finished with four strikeouts and three walks.
Josh Krogman (0-2) took the loss for Minnesota (1-8) as he was tagged for all eight runs (four earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The Gophers were their own worst enemy as they made four errors, uncorked three wild pitches and recorded four passed balls.
Tennessee added single runs in the third and fourth innings in taking a 4-0 lead. The Vols benefited from a Gopher error and a passed ball in the third, while Bibee singled home Sevilla who laced a hit to center to start the fourth.
Jason Kennedy manufactured Minnesota's first run in the bottom of the fourth as he drew a walk, stole second and third before scoring on a throwing error by Bibee.
Two more runs in the sixth made 10-1 in favor of Tennessee as Hopkins drove home Chris Heath and Czanriecki scored on a groundout.
Tennessee returns to Knoxville for a five-game home stand beginning with Morehead State today and Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols then play host to the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Game times for the weekend are 3 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Tennessee defeats Gophers
Published: Tue Mar 05, 2002 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 04:09 p.m.