Knoxville, Tenn. (April 17, 2002) - East Tennessee State's baseball team got off to a fast start, getting an early lead against Tennessee, but the Bucs could not hang on as the Vols took a 15-7 win in baseball action at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The loss dropped the Bucs to 14-21 on the season, while Tennessee improved to 19-20.
East Tennessee State got things going early, striking for a pair of runs in the first. Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) rapped the first pitch of the game into the corner in right for a double. Jeremy Terry (Cumberland, Ky.) bunted to the third base side and UT's pitcher, Jay Sadlowe, slipped attempting to field it, resulting in a single for Terry. After Terry stole second, Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) delivered both runners with a double down the line in left for a 2-0 ETSU lead. A leadoff triple from John Gorton (Hinsdale, N.H.) in the second wound up giving the Bucs another run when he scored on a groundout by Justin Clear (Lafollette, Tenn.).
Tennessee broke through with a run in the second. With two outs, Matt Sternberg doubled and came home on a single off the bat of Dennis Gomez to cut the lead to 3-1. The Vols took the lead in the fourth, loading the bases with one out off of ETSU starter Jackson Simerly ( Bluff City, Tenn.). With one run already in, Chad LaGate delivered a two-run single before the final run of the inning came home on a sac fly by Nick Crowe.
ETSU got one back in the fifth when Clear led off with a single, moved to third on Traylor's second double of the game and then scored on a ground out by Terry.
Tennessee put another four-spot on the board in the fifth on three hits, with the big blow a two-run home run off the bat of Dennis Gomez that greeted Buccaneer reliever Trevor Smith (Newport, Tenn.) that put the game out of reach for ETSU. The Vols added three more in the sixth and seventh as the Vols went on to pound out 18 hits in the contest and scoring in every inning but the first, third and eighth.
Traylor led the ETSU offense, slugging three doubles in four at-bats. Terry and Moore each drove in a pair of runs on the night for the Bucs. Savilla led Tennessee, going 4-for-5 with a triple and three stolen bases. Simerly took the loss for ETSU, giving up six earned runs and nine hits in 4.2 innings. Sadlowe picked up his second win of the season for the Vols, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out five with no walks.
Next on the schedule for the Bucs will be the first of a three-game Southern Conference series with the College of Charleston at Cardinal Park on Friday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.