KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee baseball team closed out its 2007 home schedule Tuesday with a 13-4 win over intrastate rival Tennessee Tech at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Volunteers second baseman Tony Delmonico led UT's 16-hit effort by logging three hits with three RBIs and three runs scored. Tennessee improved its overall record to 31-22 on the year, including a 25-11 mark at home.
Sophomore Lance McClain earned the victory for UT after starting and allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts through four innings. The Knoxville, Tenn., native pushed his record to 6-5. Five relievers combined to surrender a pair of runs on two hits through the final five frames.
The Golden Eagles (24-27) logged a pair of first-inning hits and took a 1-0 lead on an RBI fielder's choice by Stuart Meinhart.
Tennessee countered with seven runs on just five hits in the bottom of the first. The Vols drew three walks in the inning, had one hit-by-pitch and benefited from one TTU fielding error. Meanwhile, freshman Jeff Lockwood chipped in with an RBI basehit, Delmonico laced a two-run double, Shawn Griffin had an RBI groundout and Julio Borbon capped the inning with an RBI single.
The Big Orange added two runs in the second inning, with Delmonico driving in his second run of the night and junior right fielder Chad Maddox recording his first hit as a Vol - an RBI single to centerfield.
Tech's second run of the game came on an RBI basehit by catcher Steve Soper in the third, and the Eagles plated another run in the fifth when outfielder Michael Roeder drove in first baseman Jake New.
Borbon tripled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and later scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by catcher J.P. Arencibia. The triple was the ninth of Borbon's career, moving him into a tie for ninth place on UT's all-time list. Tennessee added its 11th run of the game when sophomore Jarred Frazier singled to bring home Delmonico.
Arencibia led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his seventh home run of the season. It gave the Vols a 12-3 lead and was the 32nd homer of Arencibia's career. The junior from Miami, Fla., is one home run shy of tying former Vol Jeff Christensen (1998-2001) for fifth place on UT's all-time home runs list.
Frazier added his second RBI basehit of the night later in the seventh, giving the Vols a 10-run lead. Tech's final offense of the game came when Tate McMillan slapped a pinch-hit, solo home run in the ninth.
In addition to going 3-for-5 at the plate, Delmonico also came on to pitch the ninth inning for UT. It was the sophomore right-hander's second career mound appearance.
Six different pitcher split time on the mound for Tech, with starter Jake Edwards taking the loss to fall to 5-5.
Tennessee has now won 16 straight Tuesday games, dating to the 2005 season. The Vols also lead the all-time series with Tennessee Tech 64-27-1.
The Vols now travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game series against Florida (27-26, 14-13 SEC) that runs Thursday through Saturday at UF's McKethan Stadium. Game times for the final series of the regular season are set for 6:30 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Tennessee must have a successful weekend against the Gators, as the Vol currently sit in 10th place in the overall SEC standings. Only the league's top-eight teams earn berths to the SEC Tournament May 23-27 in Hoover, Ala.