Vols Sweep Bulldogs in Sunday Doubleheader

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Alex Suarez's RBI single to center field in the seventh inning scored J.P. Arencibia Sunday afternoon lifting Tennessee to a 2-1 win and a sweep of a Sunday doubleheader at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols (20-8, 5-3 SEC) claimed a 2-1 win in the opener over the Bulldogs (17-7, 4-4 SEC).

State broke a scoreless deadlock in the fourth when Brad Jones and Ed Easley singled to right off UT starter James Adkins (5-1). Easley later scored on an overthrow at first base on a double play attempt.

UT tied the score in the bottom of the fourth whe Eric King reached on an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Chase Headley's two-out single up the middle.

Todd Doolittle (3-2) held Tennessee to six hits heading into the seventh inning. But Arencibia laced a single to left to open the frame, Kelly Edmundson was retired on a pop up, and Michael Rivera singled through the right side of the infield. Suarez, who also doubled in the second inning, then lofted a single just out of the reach of a diving Joseph Hunter in center field.

Adkins allowed one unearned run on seven hits, three walks and six strikeouts over 7.0 innings. Doolittle went the distance giving up two runs on nine hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Brad Jones paced MSU at the plate with two hits and finished with a 4-for-6 afternoon in the twinbill.

in the opener, outfielder Eli Iorg went 3-for-3, driving in one run and scoring another in leading Tennessee to a 2-1 win.

UT's Luke Hochevar (7-1) won the pitching duel with State senior Alan Johnson. Hochevar, who entered the weekend leading the SEC in wins and strikeouts, scattered four hits, walked four and struck out five in seven innings. Johnson allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Vols, after leaving three runners aboard in scoring position the first two frames, took the lead in third inning when Josh Alley drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on a bunt and scored on an Eli Iorg single to right.

State answered in the fourth inning in similar fashion. Joseph Hunter walked, moved to third on Brad Jones' single up the middle, and touched home on a Thomas Berkery sacrifice fly to center field.

UT plated what proved to be the winning run in the fifth inning. Iorg delivered a two-out single to left, stole second and scored on Chase Headley's single to left.

Jones went 2-for-2 with a walk to pace the Bulldogs at the plate. Hunter drew a walk but saw his career-best 18-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-2 outing in the seven-inning game.

The Bulldogs conclude their nine-game road stretch with midweek games in Jackson, Miss. State takes on Samford Tuesday and Birmingham-Southern Wednesday in 6:30 p.m. contests at Smith-Wills Stadium. The Bulldogs resume SEC play at home this weekend, entertaining Auburn in a three-game set April 8-10.


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