KNOXVILLE — Tennessee enjoyed its second offensive outburst in as many days Wednesday as the Volunteers baseball team used a 16-hit effort to turn back Belmont 13-3 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. It was a balanced attack for UT, as five Vols logged multiple hits. The Big Orange improved to 29-20 on the year and 9-1 this season in midweek games.
Senior Craig Cobb started on the mound for Tennessee and earned the win after allowing three runs on five hits. The win pushed his record to 7-4 on the year.
The victory was also the 26th of Cobb's career, giving him solo grasp of second place on Tennessee's all-time wins list. He entered the game tied with former Vol Luke Hochevar (2003-05) with 25 career wins. R.A. Dickey (1994-96) stands atop UT's all-time list with 38 career victories.
Offensively, J.P. Arencibia, Yan Gomes and Danny Lima all collected three hits. Second baseman Tony Delmonico, meanwhile, took game-high honors with three RBIs.
Belmont shortstop Packy Elkins gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning, but UT used an RBI double by Arencibia in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 1-1. Arencibia's two-bagger was the 46th of his career - good for seventh place on Tennessee's career doubles list.
The Vols built a 7-1 lead with six two-out runs in the bottom of the third. Gomes and designated hitter Jeff Lockwood each recorded RBI basehits before Delmonico smacked a three-run homer. Delmonico's longball was his sixth of the season, tying him for second on the team. It also gave him nine home runs for his career.
In the top of the fourth, Elkins homered for the second time in as many plate appearances, but the Vols quickly erased that run when right fielder Andy Simunic plated Jarred Frazier with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.
Belmont made it a five-run game with an RBI single by Carlo Testa in the fifth. And once again, Tennessee wasted little time erasing the Bruins' offense. Frazier scored from third base on a throwing error in the sixth, and Simunic followed him home shortly thereafter on an RBI sacrifice fly by Gomes. That gave the Big Orange a 10-3 advantage.
Borbon gave the Vols a nine-run lead in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run single up the middle. And an RBI basehit by Lima in the eighth extended Tennessee's lead to 13-3 and closed out the game's scoring.
Vols sophomore Danny Wiltz relieved Cobb to start the seventh and sat down the Bruins 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Lockwood pitched the final two innings for UT and scattered four hits with one strikeout.
Testa (3-5) took the loss for the Bruins after giving up six runs - all unearned - in one inning of relief. Belmont committed five errors against none for UT.
The Vols posted a six-run inning Wednesday for the fourth time in the last six games. Simunic stole two bases in the sixth inning, giving him his eighth multi-steal game of the year and a total of 25 steals on the season. And for the second time in as many games, Tennessee pitchers issued no walks.
The Vols now lead the all-time series with Belmont 3-2.
Tennessee hosts No. 7 South Carolina this weekend for a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Game times are set for 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's contest will be televised regionally on CSS.
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