The Tennessee baseball team matched Georgia Tech hit for hit Friday in both teams’ first game at the 2006 Baseball at the Beach Tournament. But the sixth-ranked Volunteers were unable to overcome five Tech unearned runs as the third-ranked Yellow Jackets downed UT 8-5 at Coastal Federal Field.
The highly-anticipated matchup between the Vols and Yellow Jackets was one of the most high-profile games of this young college baseball season, but a pair of Tennessee errors proved costly for the young Tennessee club.
Tennessee (6-2) put its leadoff hitter on base in each of the first six innings. Conversely, however, the Vols hit into a season-high four double plays on the day, including inning-ending twin-kills in fifth, sixth and seventh frames.
Vols sophomore Julio Borbon continued his fine play offensively, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run. The centerfielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, raised his season batting average to .441 with a team-high 15 hits.
Senior Kelly Edmundson and freshman Cody Brown also added a pair of hits for Tennessee.
Tech (9-0) wasted no time jumping out to a five-run lead, posting five runs on five hits in the top of the first inning. Four RBI basehits by the Yellow Jackets’ Nos. 5, 7, 8 and 9 hitters gave Georgia Tech a comfortable cushion early in the contest.
Tennessee freshman left fielder Jarred Frazier - who went 4-for-5 at the plate last weekend against Morehead State - singled in his first plate appearance Friday to lead off the third inning. Frazier scored one batter later on an RBI double by Borbon, who would later cross home plate on an RBI sacrifice fly by J.P. Arencibia to trim Tech’s lead to three runs.
Georgia Tech added three more runs to its total in the top of the fourth, all of which came on a three-run homer by senior Jeff Kindel that gave the Yellow Jackets a commanding 8-2 edge.
The Vols led off the bottom of the fourth with three consecutive singles to load the bases. Tech then managed to log two outs without incurring any damage before Borbon drove in senior Michael Rivera with an RBI basehit.
Borbon drove in his third run of the game when he sent an RBI sacrifice fly to right field with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the sixth. That allowed Brian Van Kirk to score from third, and Vols shortstop Tony Delmonico then knocked an RBI single up the middle to score Brown and cut the UT deficit to three runs, 8-5.
That proved to be the last run of the game, however, as junior Blake Wood notched the win for Georgia Tech and improved to 3-0 on the year. The right-hander surrendered three runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts through five innings. A pair of Yellow Jackets relievers then combined to give up two runs on four hits through the final four frames.
Tennessee starting pitcher James Adkins was chased from the game after giving up eight runs [three earned] on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts in four full innings of work. The sophomore left-hander took the loss to drop to 3-1 on the year.
Vols reliever Craig Cobb entered the game in the fifth inning and tossed five shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out four Tech batters.
Brown made his collegiate debut Friday after missing the first seven games of the season with an injured wrist. The Knoxville, Tenn., native went 2-for-3 with one run and a walk.
The Vols second game of the tournament against VCU was canceled due to inclement weather. The Vols rallied Sunday to salvage a 10-6 victory over Coastal Carolina.