UT thwarts pesky Bucs

from staff reports

   KNOXVILLE -- East Tennessee State had an early lead against No. 12 Tennessee, but the Vols rallied for three runs in the middle innings to take the lead, then held on to defeat the Bucs 6-3 from Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
   The Bucs (14-19) took the advantage with single runs in the second and third innings.
   Stephen Douglas gave ETSU a 1-0 lead as he laced a line-drive solo home run over the right field wall. In the second, Ryan Spriggs singled to lead off the inning, moved to second on a throwing error and went to third on a balk. Matt Traylor brought Spriggs home with a sacrifice fly to right.
   Tennessee (26-5) rallied to take the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third. Josh Alley reached on a fielder's choice with one out then moved to second as Eric King was hit by a pitch. After a double steal, Kyle Norrid grounded out to short, scoring Alley.
   Chris Kemp then came to the plate and hit a booming double to center, scoring King. Kemp would then score on a single up the middle by Eli Iorg.
   ETSU battled right back, tying the game with a run in the fourth. Andy Howdeshell worked the count for a single to right. Douglas walked then was thrown out on a double steal attempt, allowing Howdeshell to advance to third. Steven Calicutt came through with a clutch single to left to score Howdeshell.
   The Vols countered with two runs to take the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, and tacked on another run to their lead in the bottom of the sixth.
   ETSU had the tying run at the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth, but Tennessee's Dusty Johnson was able to strike out Traylor to earn his first career save.
   Sophomore righty Jeremy Hall started for the Bucs and pitched well, allowing no runs on two hits in two innings. Calicutt was charged with the loss (3-5), allowing three runs on five hits over two innings.
   Tennessee reliever Chris Howell earned his first career win (1-0) after pitching a perfect fifth inning.
   Douglas led the Bucs at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Tennessee was paced by Kemp, Alley and King who each had two hits. Kemp and Alley scored two runs each while King drove in two.