KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee baseball team tied the all-time school record for hits in a game by pounding out 28 hits during a 24-6 victory over Tennessee Temple Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers received hits from 11 different players, while 12 players drove in at least one run. Five UT pitchers combined to retire the Crusaders last 23 batters consecutively as Tennessee improved to 28-20 on the year with its fourth win in its last five games.
By the fifth inning, all of UT's starters had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored as Tennessee was well on its way to its 15th consecutive Tuesday win, dating to the 2005 season. Sophomore second baseman Tony Delmonico went 5-for-5 with a school-record-tying five runs and three RBIs. His career day also included his first career pitching appearance, as he tossed a perfect ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts. Redshirt freshman catcher Scott Dean made his career debut for UT, catching for Delmonico in the ninth.
Another of Tennessee's many highlights Tuesday was senior pitcher Craig Cobb making his first ever plate appearance. Cobb came on to pinch-hit in the eighth inning and ripped the first pitch sent his way into right field for a double. Fellow pitcher Lance McClain joined in on the fun, but only to play left field during the final inning.
Tennessee Temple (20-40) jumped out to a quick four-run lead in the top of the first as Vols pitcher Bryan Powell got off to a rocky start. The Crusaders received RBIs from Joseph Del Rosario, Jeremy McKay and Adam Landers and also scored one run on a throwing error by Powell.
All-America catcher J.P. Arencibia provided UT's first offense of the day, belting a solo homer into the left-field bleachers with two outs in the bottom of the first. It was Arencibia's sixth longball of the season and the 31st of his career. The homer also marked Arencibia's 157th career RBI, moving him past former Vol Chris Burke (1999-2001) into fifth place on UT's career list.
After a basehit by Tyler Geren in the top of the second inning, Temple outfielder Joseph Del Rosario extended the Crusaders' lead to 6-1 with a two-run homer. No other TTU batter would reach base in the game.
The Vols cut their five-run deficit to two runs with four hits in the second. Left fielder Jarred Frazier drove in one run with an RBI single to center, and right fielder Andy Simunic plated two more runs with a single down the right-field line.
Tennessee scored six runs on six hits in the third to take its first lead of the game, 10-6. Ryan Jones and Julio Borbon each drove in one run in the frame, while third baseman Cody Brown added a two-run homer and Simunic hit a two-run double. Brown's blast was his sixth of the year, doubling his freshman home run total from a season ago. He and Simunic shared game-high honors with four RBIs apiece.
The Vols padded their lead with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth. Brown recorded his third RBI of the game and shortstop Danny Lima brought home UT's 12th run.
First baseman Yan Gomes added an RBI basehit in the fifth inning, giving all of UT's starters at least one hit and one RBI. Delmonico followed Gomes's at-bat with an RBI single that marked his fourth hit in as many plate appearances. Brown capped the Vols' three-run inning with his fourth RBI of the game, giving Tennessee a commanding 15-6 lead.
Borbon made it 16-6 with his third hit of the night in the sixth, and Delmonico belted a two-run homer that extended the Big Orange lead to 13 runs. Delmonico's fifth round-tripper of the year made him a perfect 5-for-5 in the game to that point. He drew a walk in his final plate appearance, coming just short of UT's single game record for hits (6-for-6, owned by four Vols).
Tennessee redshirt freshman Michael Moore entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and drove in the first run of his career with an RBI fielder's choice. The Charlotte, N.C., native remained in the game and made his first career appearance behind the plate in the eighth.
Vols junior Daniel Beasley drew a walk and recorded an RBI fielder's choice in his two plate appearances and also added a diving grab in centerfield to record the third out in the top of the eighth.
Cobb scored his first career run as a part of Tennessee's four-run eighth. The Vols scored in all eight innings in which they batted, and their six runs in the third inning tied a season-high.
Powell lasted just one inning for the Vols before giving way to junior Zane Stone, who worked the second. Sophomore right-hander Aaron Everett entered the game for the third inning, and he sat down all nine batters he faced through three innings with a career-high-tying five Ks. He earned the win - his third in UT's last five games - to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Vols freshman Nick Hernandez relieved Everett in the sixth and was perfect through two innings with four strikeouts. Hernandez gave way to his former high school teammate Ryan Butner, who cut down the Crusaders 1-2-3 in the eighth.
The win was UT's 17th come-from-behind victory on the year. The Vols now lead the all-time series with Tennessee Temple 6-0.
Tennessee returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it hosts intrastate rival Belmont (27-20, 13-8 A-Sun) at 7 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.