Junior Craig Cobb twirled his third
complete game of the season to lift Tennessee
(20-14/4-8 SEC) to a 4-2 victory over Florida
(21-17/4-9 SEC) in front of 2,901 fans at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday
night. In raising his mark to 7-1, Cobb scattered eight hits, notched four
strikeouts and limited the Gators to single runs in the second and fifth frames
overcame a 2-0 deficit with three runs on five hits in the sixth and added an
insurance run in the seventh to claim the opener of the weekend series. Sophomores
Julio Borbon (4-for-4) and J.P. Arencibia
(two RBI) led UT offensively, while junior Adam
Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) was 3-for-3 for the Gators. Sophomore
Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.)
(7-2, 2.70) will oppose Vol sophomore lefty James
Adkins (4-4, 4.33) in tomorrow’s second game of the series at 1 p.m.
put its first two runners aboard against senior Bryan Ball (Punta Gorda, Fla.)
in the first inning, the Vols did not score. Borbon smacked a leadoff double and freshman Tony Delmonico walked before a wild pitch from Ball advanced
both runners. The right-hander worked out of the jam with strikeouts of senior
Chris Kemp and Arencibia and had senior Kelly Edmundson ground out to end the frame.
The Gators drew first blood in the second
on a grounder by junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.)
that brought across sophomore Brandon
McArthur (Seffner, Fla.). McArthur had roped a triple into
the right-field corner with one down off junior Craig Cobb and scored courtesy
of Petrie’s 10th RBI of the year.
UT threatened again in the third but
came away empty-handed. Borbon sliced a one-out
double and Delmonico was hit by a pitch before Ball
caught Borbon straying off second for a 1-5-6 putout.
The righty then made Kemp his third strikeout victim.
Davis delivered a clutch two-out RBI
single in the fifth to give Florida
a 2-0 lead. Junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.) walked
to start things off and was sacrificed to second by junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.).
A fly ball by senior Stephen Barton (Miami, Fla.) pushed
Cash to third and Davis
beat out an infield hit to second to complete a nine-pitch at bat against Cobb.
plated three runs on five runs in the sixth to seize a 3-2 lead. Borbon collected his third hit of the contest and Kemp
stroked a one-out single to give Tennessee
runners on the corners. Arencibia ripped a single up
the middle to score Borbon and Edmundson’s
infield single to short resulted in a tie ballgame. A fielder’s choice by
freshman Ryan Jones forced Edmundson at second but
moved Arencibia to third, setting the stage for senior
Michael Rivera’s go-ahead single to center.
Petrie doubled down the left-field
line to open the seventh for the Gators and a sac bunt from Cash moved him to
third. Cobb stranded the runner by striking out Dickey and having Barton ground
Tennessee tacked on another run in the bottom
of the inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Arencibia
for a 4-2 advantage. Ball issued a leadoff walk to freshman Jarred Frazier and
was replaced by junior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.).
Over 6.0 innings, Ball (4-5) yielded seven hits, totaled five strikeouts and
was charged with four runs. Borbon greeted Hurst with his fourth hit,
a single through the right side, to put the Vols in
business and Delmonico laid down a sacrifice to give
UT runners at second and third. An intentional walk to Kemp loaded the bases
and prompted another pitching change, as sophomore Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.)
came out of the bullpen. Arencibia gave the hosts a
two-run lead with his sixth sac fly before Edmondson prevented further scoring
by retiring Edmundson on a pop-up to center.
Despite runners on the corners in
the eighth with one out, Florida
could not pull closer. Davis singled to right to
begin the frame and wound up on third after a relay throw on junior Matt LaPorta’s (Port Charlotte, Fla.)
infield hit went awry. Cobb responded with a strikeout of Barton and had
McArthur tap out.
- Adam Davis was caught stealing second base in
the first inning by his former Team USA teammate J.P. Arencibia.
- Florida dropped to 5-7 on the road
- The Gators did not commit any errors tonight.
- Davis and Dickey extended their hitting streaks
to seven games apiece.