Baseballers still unbeaten

Rod Delmonico's UT baseball squad continues to roll.

The Vols matched the best start in school history (8-0) by sweeping a Sunday doubleheader from visiting Bowling Green State. The 1992 team also started 8-0. Interestingly enough, this year's team has won three of eight games in its final at-bat.

Freshman Luke Hochevar (2-0, 0.00 ERA) extended his scoreless inning streak to 10.1 as he picked up his second straight win in relief over Bowling Green, 8-2. He worked three innings with five strikeouts. For the year he has 13 strikeouts and one walk with five hits allowed in 10.1 innings.

Junior Dusty Johnson (2-0, 0.00 ERA) also extended his scoreless inning streak to 7.1 as he earned his second straight in relief over Bowling Green, 5-2. He worked 1.2 innings with three strikeouts. For the year he has nine strikeouts and one walk with four hits allowing in 7.1 innings.

For the season, UT's bullpen is 5-0 with two saves and a 1.31 ERA in 34.1 innings.

Freshman right fielder Michael Rivera is on a seven-game hitting streak (.400) while junior catcher Javi Herrera has hit safely in the last six (.455).

The Vols have pounded out at least 10 hits in each of the last seven games and are batting .345 as a unit.

UT has four errorless games on the season -- including both games Sunday. The Vols boast a .977 fielding percentage. They turned four double plays in the second game against Bowling Green, one shy of the school record.

The Vols will try to break the school record for wins to open a season when they host West Virginia Saturday at 1 and Sunday at 2.


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