JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 24, 2007) - Tennessee scored five runs in the seventh and eighth innings, blunting a Buccaneer rally and pulling away for a 14-8 non-conference victory Tuesday night at Cardinal Park.
After building a 9-2 lead through four and a half innings, the Volunteers allowed the Bucs to rally back to within a run after six innings, a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed the Tennessee advantage back to 11-8.
The Volunteers (23-17) held ETSU scoreless in the seventh, and a Tony Delmonico single followed by a Yan Gomes single plated three runs in the eighth, and the Bucs never threatened again.
Trailing 9-2 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Bucs (25-19) cut into the lead, scoring two runs on three consecutive two hits. Senior Justin Aughey (Davie, Fla.) started the rally with a single into center field, and junior Anthony Russell (Waldorf, Md.) doubled into the left field corner, scoring Aughey from first. Freshman Tanner Moore (Chattanooga, Tenn.) next singled up the middle bringing Russell home.
Sophomore Darren Caldwell (Spartanburg, S.C.) held Tennessee scoreless in the sixth, and the Bucs continued the offensive barrage in the bottom half. Senior Ryan Howe (Greenville, S.C.) started things off with a one-out, bloop single into center. After a walk, senior C.J. Lee (Bristol, Va.) scorched a double into left field, scoring Howe and setting up runners at the last two. Aughey followed with a chopper through the middle, plating both Lee and sophomore Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.). Russell doubled home Aughey to pull the Bucs within one run.
Junior Brandon Langston (Ringgold, Ga.) pitched three-plus innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, dropping his third consecutive decision and falling to 6-5. Tennessee freshman Nick Hernandez (3-2) allowed four runs on four hits through five innings of work, also striking out four batters, and picking up his third win of the season.
Aughey and Russell were the only two Bucs to collect multiple hits on the evening with three and two, respectively, and each drove in two runs as well.
The Bucs have the weekend off before returning to action Tuesday, May 1 with a 7 p.m. match-up with UNC Ashville in Asheville, N.C.