Baseball Vols come out flat against EKU

Tennessee had played great baseball at home until Wednesday afternoon. The Vols returned home after a great showing against No. 10 Oregon State to face Eastern Kentucky. A mid week struggle and what Todd Raleigh called the first poor game his team has played this season witnessed the Vols fall 8-7. Go "Inside" for the report from today's game.

Head coach Todd Raleigh and the Tennessee baseball team dropped its first game at home in 2010 Wednesday night.

Raleigh said it was the first truly poor game the Volunteers have played during the 2010 season.

"Obviously thats a tough one," said Raleigh. "We didn't play a good game. It was the first game this year I didn't feel that we played well."

The Volunteers lacked intensity and got behind early as Eastern Kentucky put four runs on the board in the first three innings.

"I think our intensity was not where it needs to be," said Raleigh. "Offensively we just aren't clicking. I know we had some hits today, but that's not enough.

The Volunteers halted the Eastern Kentucky offensive onslaught with some solid pitching from freshman Nick Blount. Blount pitched three innings, surrendered no runs and only gave up one hit.

The Volunteers struggled with getting runners across the plate throughout Wednesday's game leaving 13 players stranded on base.

"We left thirteen guys on," said Raleigh. "In a one run game those things come back to get you."

The Volunteers made it interesting in the 6th inning when Matt Hamaker hit a two run homer to even the game at four runs apiece. Hamaker had two homers in Wednesday night's matchup with Eastern Kentucky.

Both teams went scoreless through the last three innings send the ballgame into extra innings.

Right-handed Matt Ramsey came in for the closing duties and did an outstanding job for the Volunteers until a grand slam home run put the Volunteers is a big hole at the top of the 10th inning.

"I thought he pitched great," said Raleigh of Ramsey. "We left him in there a little longer than he is used to pitching, but he wasn't the problem."

The Volunteers were down, but not out. The Volunteers made it interesting in the bottom of the 10th scoring three runs to make the score 8-7 before a ground ball to 2nd ended the Vols hopes for a rally.

"I'm not happy. Every game counts," said Raleigh. " We haven't done that all year. We just came out flat today."

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