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Saturday April 15, 2006Tennessee Nips Baseball, 2-1, To Clinch Series

Knoxville, TN

Senior Chris Kemp snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-out single in the seventh to lift Tennessee (21-14/5-8 SEC) to a 2-1 victory over Florida (21-18/4-10 SEC) at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore James Adkins (5-4) registered his second complete game by totaling 11 strikeouts and allowing seven singles as the Vols clinched their third-straight series victory over the Gators, who suffered their third league defeat in a row. The teams will wrap up the series tomorrow at noon, when freshman right-hander Josh Lindblom (4-2, 3.79) takes the mound against a Gator pitcher to be announced.


Scoreless in the fourth, Tennessee put two runners aboard with one down against sophomore Bryan Augenstein (Sebastian, Fla.). Freshman Tony Delmonico beat out a bunt to start the frame and sophomore J.P. Arencibia reached on an infield hit with one down. Augenstein countered with a strikeout of senior Kelly Edmundson and had rookie Ryan Jones ground out to junior Matt LaPorta (Port Charlotte, Fla.) to end the threat.  


An RBI single by junior Brian Jeroloman (Wellington, Fla.) with one down in the sixth enabled the Gators to draw first blood. Now riding a career-high eight-game hitting streak, junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) collected his second hit to start the inning and moved into scoring position on Adkins’ second wild pitch of the day. The right-hander rebounded by striking out junior Adam Davis (Fort Myers, Fla.) before Jeroloman stroked a 3-1 pitch through the right side for a 1-0 lead.


The Vols evened the score in the bottom of the inning on a two-out infield single with the bases loaded by Jones. Sophomore Julio Borbon ripped a leadoff base-hit under Augenstein’s grasp that reached center field and Delmonico punched a single into right before Kemp grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Consecutive walks to Arencibia and Edmundson filled the sacks and Jones legged out a dribbler on the grass in front of second base, scoring Borbon. Augenstein kept the game deadlocked when he induced a ground ball to short by senior Michael Rivera.


Back-to-back one-out hits in the seventh by sophomore Brandon McArthur (Seffner, Fla.) and junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.) gave the Gators hope, only to have Adkins counter with strikeouts of junior Brian Leclerc (Clearwater, Fla.) and Dickey.


Three-straight singles with two down in the home part of the seventh resulted in a 2-1 lead for Tennessee. Borbon jump-started the rally with a single into left center and Delmonico laid down a beautiful bunt just inside the first-base line. Kemp drilled Augenstein’s 3-2 offering into center to move the Vols in front.


Florida maneuvered the tying run to third base in the eighth but Adkins kept UT ahead with a strikeout of junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.). Davis started things off with a single into left, took second on LaPorta’s grounder and went to third on a wild pitch. Adkins made Cash his 10th strikeout victim to preserve the one-run lead.


Senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) relieved Augenstein prior to the home part of the eighth and gave up one hit in his lone inning of work. Augenstein (7-3) permitted nine hits and two runs, with six K and two walks, the ninth time in 10 starts he has worked at least seven stanzas. Tennessee out-hit UF, 10-7, led by Delmonico (3-for-4), Borbon (2-for-4, two runs) and Kemp (2-for-4). Dickey finished 2-for-3 for the Gators.


Game Notes

  • Gavin Dickey’s eight-game hitting streak is the longest by a Gator this season.
  • Florida has now dropped four SEC series in a row. 
  • The Gators are 5-8 in one-run games this year.
  • UF has scored first in both games of the series.







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