(33-23/13-15 SEC) secured the eighth and final berth into the SEC Tournament
with an 11-7 win over Florida
(28-28/15-15 SEC) in the rubber game of the teams’ series at McKethan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The bracket for the
double-elimination event to be held at Regions
Park in Hoover, Ala.,
beginning Wednesday will be released after the completion of today’s action.
With the setback, the Gators will either be the fifth, sixth or seventh seed.
The Vols will face top-ranked Vanderbilt in their
“You have to give Tennessee a lot of credit for the way they
played,” said head coach Pat McMahon.
“They have an outstanding offensive club, and Craig Cobb is one of the great
competitors in our league. I thought we responded very well, but unfortunately,
we had to chase runs and that makes it tough. We were picked to finish last in
our league, and it is a great compliment to our guys and their improvement to
play themselves into the SEC Tournament.”
out 18 hits and socked four homers, led by four hits apiece by juniors J.P. Arencibia (4-for-5, three RBI, two runs) and Julio Borbon (4-for-6, three runs, two RBI). Senior Craig Cobb
(8-5) went 6.1 innings for the win and freshman Jeff Lockwood notched his
eighth save with 2.2 hitless frames in which he gave up one unearned run.
Freshman Matt den Dekker (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
went 3-for-4 and homered to lead the Gators.
totaled five hits and plated five runs in the first off freshman Billy Bullock (Valrico, Fla.)
(2-7), courtesy of a two-run homer by Borbon and a
three-run blast by junior Shawn Griffin. Junior Andy Simunic
walked on four pitches to start the game and Borbon
followed with his third round-tripper of the season to right field. Arencibia singled through the left side and Lockwood roped
a one-out double for a pair of runners in scoring position. With two down, Griffin cranked a
three-run blast over the wall in right for his sixth homer to give the Vols a 5-0 lead. After a single up the middle by sophomore
Cody Brown, Bullock was replaced by sophomore Patrick Keating (Harrisburg,
UT added another run in the second on a sacrifice
fly by Arencibia. Borbon
legged out an infield hit with one down, stole second base and advanced to
third on a throwing error by sophomore catcher Cody Neer (Orlando, Fla.).
A wild pitch by Keating in the third frame enabled Griffin to score Tennessee’s
seventh run. Griffin
had drawn a one-out walk and moved over on Brown’s infield hit. After a
grounder by sophomore Danny Lima advanced the runners, Keating’s pitch eluded Neer and Griffin
came racing home.
to within 7-3 in the fifth on five hits and an error. Sophomore Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.)
led off with a single but was thrown out on the play trying to take second.
Consecutive hits by Neer, senior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and den Dekker loaded the bases, and freshman Cole Figueroa (Tallahassee, Fla.)
delivered a two-run single for a 7-2 margin. Cobb had junior Jon Townsend (London,
Ky.) pop up and the Vols
elected to walk senior Matt LaPorta (Port
intentionally for the eighth time in the series to load the bases with two down.
Delmonico misplayed senior Brian Leclerc’s (Clearwater, Fla.) grounder, allowing den Dekker to score and Cobb
worked out of further trouble by having senior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.) fly out to the warning track in
“Our goal was to win two-of-three this weekend to
try to get us closer to a regional,” Figueroa said. “It makes it a little
tougher on us now. We battled today and scored seven runs. Even though we were
down early, we didn’t give up. I think everyone’s feeling pretty good. Now, we
just need to concentrate on winning in Hoover.”
four more runs on five hits in the sixth to build an 11-3 advantage. Senior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.) took over for Keating (4.1 IP, 4
H, 2 R) at the outset of the frame and Borbon beat
out an infield single with one down. Arencibia tagged
his eighth round-tripper of the year into the left-field bleachers and Gomes
followed with his eighth big fly to right center. After Hurst (0.2 IP, 3 H, 4
R) issued a two-out walk to Delmonico, junior Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) came out of the bullpen and was
greeted by a smash from junior pinch hitter Chad Maddox for two runners in
scoring position. Brown’s third hit of the afternoon, just beyond third base,
put the Vols ahead by eight runs.
countered in the home part of the seventh with three runs on two hits to pull
within 11-6. Den Dekker began the stanza with his seventh homer, a rope that
ricocheted off the scoreboard overlooking right field. Figueroa doubled with
one down, LaPorta was walked intentionally again and Leclerc earned a free pass to fill the bases. Cobb walked
Pride for an 11-5 margin and was replaced by Lockwood. Over 6.2 innings, the
right-hander yielded 10 hits and six runs (five earned) with four walks and
three K. Barnes lofted a sac fly to center to score LaPorta
and reduce the deficit to five runs. Lockwood had Neer
fly out to right field to strand the pair of runners.
A bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth by
freshman Hampton Tignor (Sarasota, Fla.)
brought UF within 11-7 but it could get no closer. The Gators had filled the
sacks on a leadoff walk by freshman Jonathan
Figueroa reached on an error and Townsend earned another free pass. After Tignor’s first career sac fly, Lockwood fanned Leclerc to end the inning.
players turned in multiple-hit outings, while den Dekker, Barnes (2-for-4) and
Figueroa (2-for-5, two RBI) provided the majority of Florida’s 10 hits. Freshman Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) threw the final 2.1 innings on the
hill for the hosts and did not allow any runs.