Eagles outlast Vols 8-7

The Tennessee baseball team fell to the Carson-Newman Eagles by the score of 8-7 in a tough twelve inning game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Inside we take a look back at the game.

The sixth-ranked University of Tennessee baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to the Carson-Newman Eagles Wednesday, falling 8-7 in 12 innings. With the loss the Vols' record drops to 29-6.

With the victory, the Division II Eagles improved to 28-20-1. This was the Eagles' second straight win over the Vols, with the previous victory coming in 1999.

The Vols seemed to be on their way to their ninth straight victory as they got on the board in the bottom of the first with a Kyle Norrid RBI single that scored Eli Iorg.

The Vols put three more runs on the scoreboard in the second inning to take what seemed to be a commanding 4-0 lead. David Lamar singled with one out and Rob Fitzgerald followed with a single up the middle. Eli Iorg then doubled to right field to bring both runners home. Iorg then proceeded to steal third and came around to score on Eric King's sacrafice fly.

In the third inning the Eagles got right back in the game by putting three runs on the scoreboard to cut the Tennessee lead to 4-3. Bryan Fowler was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and with one out Nick Jacobs hit a two-run home run. With two out Nathan Graveley singled and T.J. Graves followed with a two out double to drive Graveley home.

In the fifth inning the Eagles were able to complete the comeback and take the lead over the Vols. After what seemed like was going to be an easy three up and three down inning for the Tennessee defense, Jonathon Mary laid down a bunt single for the Eagles. Graveley followed with a single to center field, and Graves then doubled both runners in to give the Eagles a 5-4 lead.

Tennessee answered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs to grab the lead right back. Alex Suares walked with one out and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Nick Crowe followed with a two run home run which gave the Vols the lead.

Carson-Newman came back the top of the sixth inning to take the lead right back from the Vols. Bryan Fowler singled with one out and Nick Jacobs launched a two run home run to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead.

The Vols fought back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game 7-7. Eric King led off the inning and reached first on a fielding error. Chase Headley then grounded out to shortstop and King advanced to second. Chris Kemp then grounded out to second and King advanced to third. King then came home to tie the game up on a wild pitch.

That score stood until the top of the twelth. Carson Newman's T.J. Graves got the inning started with a single to right field. Derrick Calkin then reached base on an error and Graves went to third. Calkin then stole second and Graves stole home to give the Eagles an 8-7 lead. They would hold on in the bottom of the twelth to win the game.

Up next for the Vols are the Ole Miss Rebels as the Vols will travel to Oxford for a huge SEC showdown this weekend.


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