The Weekend in Tennessee Sports

What did other Vol sports do in light of the great basketball weekend? The baseball team had a pretty solid start to their season.

*BASEBALL

Walter Sevilla batted in three runs with a double and three singles as the Baseball Vols clipped Morehead State 16-3 Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to complete a three-game sweep of their season-opening series.

Javi Herrera added a double and two singles to UT's 17-hit attack. Like Sevilla, Herrera batted in three runs.

Brandon Crowe pitched four innings of four-hit ball to get the win. Relievers Dusty Johnson, Luke Hochevar and Jon Parscal allowed just two hits over the final five innings to nail down the win.

Tennessee scored two runs in the first, five in the second and three in the third to take a comanding 10-3 lead. A four-run sixth sealed the romp.

Tennessee romped 13-0 on Friday and 8-2 on Saturday.

*Vol netters suffer first loss

The 16th-ranked UT men's tennis team lost its first match of the season Sunday at Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 37 Louisville.

Tennessee swept the three doubles contests to claim the doubles point but nothing went the Vols' way in singles. Simon Rea prevailed at No. 1, improving his season record to 15-3 by dumping Louisville's Paulo Carvalho 6-4, 6-1.

Tennessee's 2-0 lead would not last, however. Cody Conley beat No. 56 Mark Dietrich 6-4, 2-6 6-3 at No. 2, Octavian Nicodim beat Wade Orr 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3, Matt Mayer beat Mark Henderson 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 and Johnny Berrido beat Vindent Perna 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5. With the outcome determined, the match between UT's Rawl Martin and UL's Harry Walsh was suspended.

Louisville improved to 6-1, while Tennessee slipped to 5-1.

A day earlier, UT blitzed No. 74 East Tennessee State 6-1. Henderson was UT's only loser, bowing 7-5, 7-6 to ETSU's Francisco Diaz at No. 3 singles.

*TRACK

Vol football player Jabari Greer posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7.23 seconds while placing fourth in the 55-meter hurdles at last weekend's Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.

Greer's time finished second to South Carolina's Corey Taylor (7.16). Vol teammates Karl Jennings (7.49) and Robert Boulware (7.64) placed 13th and 17th, respectively.

Converted to 60 meters, Greer's 55-meter clocking would compute to 7.74, third-fastest in school history behind Willie Gault and Dawane Wallace.

Gary Kikaya, who already holds the school record in the 400m dash, set a Congolese national record with a 21.27 clocking in the 200m that was good for third place. Teammate Sean Lambert placed eighth in the 200 (21.66) and fourth in the 500 meters (6.24). Vol football player Jonathan Wade placed ninth in the 55 (6.33).

Rocky Danners placed second in the pole vault (17-7), while UT teammate Chandler Rice (15-11) placed eighth.

Tennessee's Blake Sabo was 10th (22-10) and Stephen Harris 13th (22-6 1/4) in the long jump.

Meanwhile, seven Vols posted personal bests as part of the track team participated in the Rod McCravy Memorial in Lexington, Ky.

UT's best performances came from Craig Sutherland (fifth in the 60m hurdles at 8.29), Kevin Yeager (fifth in the long jump at 21-8 3/4), Eric Bell (4:10.17 for eighth in the mile) and Kevin Thompson (6-4 to place ninth in the high jump).


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