May 10, 2006
Knoxville, Tenn. -
Western Carolina only trailed by two through six and a half inning until allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh to drop 7-2 decision to the Tennessee Volunteers Wednesday evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Western (27-22) scored first, taking advantage of two Volunteer errors. Tim Hallam started the game by reaching on an error by the shortstop, then advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt at first. Barrett Shaft moved Hallam to third and Jonathan Greene delivered an RBI single.
Tennessee (28-20) answered back in the home half, scoring two runs. After a leadoff triple by Julio Borbon, Chris Kemp had an RBI double. Kemp scored one batter later on J.P. Arencibia single. Arencibia finished the night going 4-for-4 with four RBI.
The Vols padded their advantage with two runs in the third, taking a 4-1 lead. Borbon had a leadoff walk and Tennessee strung together three consecutive singles, the last being a two-run safety by Arencibia.
The Catamounts cut into their deficit in the sixth when sophomore catcher Blake Murphy hit a two-out, solo home run to left for his 10th round tripper of the season.
In the seventh, the Vols got that run back and added two more for a 7-2 lead. With one out, Borbon reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on an infield single by Tony Delmonico and scored on Chros Kemp's sacrifice fly to center. Delmonico, who stole second, would score on Arencibia's bloop single then Ryan Jones followed with an RBI double down the left field line.
While the five Catamount pitchers had solid outings, a particular bright spot was reigning Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week and SoCon TIAA/CREF Student-Athlete of the Week Greg Holland. Despite giving up a leadoff double and having runners on second and third, the sophomore did not allow a run for the sixth consecutive game, a span of 9.2 innings. Starter Caleb McConnell suffered the loss, falling to 1-5. He allowed four runs over three innings.
Deunte Heath picked up the win for Tennessee, improving to 4-2. He pitched seven complete with five hits and two runs (one earned) with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Western Carolina will return to action Friday at 7 pm, hosting the first of three games with Kennesaw State.