Baseball Vols win in ninth

Javi Herrera's two-out single to left in the ninth inning scored Jordan Czarniecki with the go ahead run Sunday as the Baseball Vols came from behind to post a 9-8 victory over Kentucky at Cliff Hagan Stadium, salvaging the final game of the series.

Tennessee (23-16, 8-10 SEC) began the rally by ripping off three straight singles, started by Nick Crowe's fourth hit. Czarniecki then got a hit moving Crowe to third before Josh Alley drove home Crowe with the tying run. After Michael Rivera flew into a double play, sending Czarniecki to third, Herrera came through with his third hit.

After plating just one run on 15 hits in its previous two games against Kentucky --1-0 and 4-1 losses -- Tennessee exploded for 18 hits. Seven Vols collected at least two.

With the win, Tennessee moved to within one game of South Carolina in the SEC Eastern Division following its loss to Mississippi State.

Brandon Crowe (3-0) worked the final four innings in relief of starter Luke Hochevar, who was tagged for six runs on seven hits, for the win.

Center fielder Jordan Czarniecki hit .526 on the week, going 10 for 19 with a double, a home run and four RBI. He is on a season-high seven-game hitting streak, batting .533 (16-for-30), with six multi-hit games. He slugged his second three-run HR of the season at Kentucky 3/20. He leads Tennessee with a .350 average and ranks tied for ninth at UT with 50 career stolen bases.

Tennessee got complete games from Ben Riley and Derek Tharpe in its first two games at Kentucky, giving the staff three on the season. It was Riley's first career complete game and Tharpe's first at UT after recording seven at Samford the previous two seasons. Tharpe matched his career high with 11 strikeouts against Kentucky in 8.0 innings.

Weather permitting, Tennessee hosts Tennessee Wesleyan tonight at 7 in a game that already has been postponed once. The Vols play at Tennessee Tech Tuesday night at 7. Tennessee opens a three-game set at LSU on Friday. The Vols travel to Kodak to play an April 30 exhibition against the Class AA Tennessee Smokies.


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