Rod's squad looks to bounce back

After winning nine of their first 10 games, the UT baseball team has lost four straight.

Rod Delmonico's squad hammered Louisville 18-2 last Tuesday but lost 6-1 on Wednesday. No. 14 Miami then swept the Vols over the weekend, winning 5-2 on Friday, 8-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

Tennessee, now 10-5 overall, tries to get back on track this week with a three-game series at Auburn scheduled for Friday (7:30 EST), Saturday (4 p.m.) and Sunday (2:30 p.m.).

The Vols are getting great production from freshman right fielder Michael Rivera, who is on a six-game hitting streak. He is batting .556 (15-for-27) during the streak, raising his overall team-leading average to .422. He became the first Vol since 2001 to collect five hits in a game when he went 5-for-5 with four runs scored, two RBI and a double vs. Louisville last week. He went 6-for-13 with his first two career home runs in the Miami series. He has hit safely in 13 of 15 games with nine multi-hit contests.

Third baseman Nick Crowe also is on a six-game hitting streak. He is batting .444 during the streak and stands at .405 for the season.

Freshman Luke Hochevar saw his scoreless innings pitched streak end at 21 innings in his second career start versus Miami 3/9. He struck out a season-high 11 in 5.2 innings with one walk. He leads UT with 30 strikeouts in 24 innings and in wins with a 3-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA.

Dusty Johnson extended his scoreless innings pitched streak to 13.0 with 4 1/3 shutout innings versus Miami on Friday.

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