Den Dekker's blast in 8th stops Hernandez

One pitch is all Florida needs against Vols, 3-2

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - One moment Nick Hernandez was on fire. The next, he was on the hook for a loss.

Through 7 2/3 innings, Tennessee's starting pitcher had allowed just one run and six hits against Florida. Then Matt den Dekker came to the plate and blasted a two-run home run that was the difference in Florida's 3-2 victory at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium on Friday night.

Den Dekker stood in the batter's box, arms raised over his head, and did not start his run around the bases until the ball cleared the right-field fence.

Hernandez, who dominated Florida all night to that point, didn't take kindly to den Dekker's celebration.

"Well, he hit it. If I have another shot at him, we'll see what's gonna happen," Hernandez said. "You never want to see a player standing at the box like that. But he hit it, so there's nothing much else you can say."

The loss was Hernandez's second in a row despite lasting eight innings. The Vols (9-10, 1-3 SEC) have not won on the road this season.

Florida (12-7, 1-3) trailed 2-1 for most of the game, and Tennessee was in command until the eighth inning.

"We totally outplayed them," Tennessee coach Todd Raleigh said. "We outpitched them, we outhit them. … They really didn't even threaten the whole game."

But several fluky plays kept the Gators in the game.

Florida got a huge double play in the sixth when Cody Hawn hit a hard line drive right into the glove of first baseman Preston Tucker. Tucker threw to second base to retire Kentrail Davis, who was already on his way to third base.

Blake Forsythe followed with a triple to right field that would have scored Davis and added to Tennessee's lead. Forstythe scored on the next play to make it 2-0.

Florida also benefitted in the sixth from a double that dropped into shallow center field when the stadium lights got in Davis' eyes. The Gators got their first run two batters later.

"We had 10 hits, they made two errors, but we only scored 2 runs," Raleigh said. "It's just one of those things. … That's the way things have been going for us all year."

Forsythe had two hits to raise is average to .438. Hawn was 2-4 with a solo home run in the first that tied him for the team lead at nine with Forsythe. The former South-Doyle High School standout is hitting .316 with a team-high 29 RBIs.

Batting third and fourth, Hawn and Forsythe are becoming a tough stretch for any pitcher to face in the middle of the Tennessee order.

"We've been swinging the bat good at the same time," Hawn said. "Blake's been hitting the ball good all year, and I sort of run into a couple balls here and there."

The series continues today at 4 p.m.

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Futurecoach16 writes:

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Futurecoach16 writes:

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I can tell you that I won't be watching the Loser's Tournament.

Futurecoach16 writes:

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Of course it wouldn't have been reported that way cause you were listening to your own announcers. That's not a good judgment as to what really happened or not.

huntined#565710 writes:

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Not much to brag about in B-BALL in the SEC this year. 3 teams in NCAA and 4 in NIT. Looked like a bunch of AVG teams.When your champ is placed as a 8 seed. Got to be a sorry CONF.

Futurecoach16 writes:

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Announcers are biased. They say they aren't, but they are. They wouldn't announce something like that, especially for their own team's network. And I give kudos to the hit. I'm disappointed with the Vols, yes, but I'm with Clem on the fact that Florida fans have this grotesque attitude and desire to act like they are 12.

huntined#565710 writes:

I Watched that game on T.V. and I knew it was gone when he hit it.. No wind had to help that ball it would have gone out of the park on a dead wind day..He killed it. It was a good game as TENN left about 10 on base.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

I Watched that game on T.V. and I knew it was gone when he hit it.. No wind had to help that ball it would have gone out of the park on a dead wind day..He killed it. It was a good game as TENN left about 10 on base.

Forgot to add he did watch it go out.

huntined#565710 writes:

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GOODNIGHT CLEM,
huntined going to bed Hope to talk with you tomorrow LORD willing

easttnvol21 writes:

How many more times is Coach You Know What I Mean gonna have the same post game assessment----"We outplayed them, we outpitched and outhit them"----but, somehow found a way to lose. Hernandez deserved a better fate----Raleigh needs to find a way to manufacure some runs with all those "hits"!!!!!!!!!

UT_Thread_Head writes:

Hernandez pitched a hell of a game..another tough loss!

livinloudin writes:

Can someone please explain to me why Morgado is no longer a starting pitcher??? I just dont get it

livinloudin writes:

in response to easttnvol21:

How many more times is Coach You Know What I Mean gonna have the same post game assessment----"We outplayed them, we outpitched and outhit them"----but, somehow found a way to lose. Hernandez deserved a better fate----Raleigh needs to find a way to manufacure some runs with all those "hits"!!!!!!!!!

In order to have another game assessment he would have to be able to form complete um sentences um.....The guy cannot speak!! How he communicates to the players is beyond me.. Who found this wanna be coach?

RJ_Vol writes:

Posing is a major "no, no" in baseball as we all know. Anyone see the USA game the other night? I bet the orange goes inside today.

Futurecoach16 writes:

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Sure thing. And sorry about that. I mistyped what I meant on that one. My bad.

TommyJack writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

Forgot to add he did watch it go out.

Back in the day he would get a high hard one, just south of his teeth (the next time up).

UT_Thread_Head writes:

?? ..but i know what the coach said in previous article (drop down several stories)

Raleigh says UT can get to NCAA tournament
February 2, 2009

Probable weekend starters for SEC games are junior left-hander Nick Hernandez (2-5, 5.16 ERA) and sophomore left-hander Bryan Morgado (5-5, 4.59 ERA). Returnees vying for the third spot are junior right-hander Steve Crnkovich (5-6, 6.24 ERA) and senior right-hander Ty'Relle Harris (2-2, 4.62 ERA).

Ten of Raleigh's first-year players are pitchers.

"I think we're going to be able to get our (pitching) roles defined better and have a better rotation, there's no doubt about that," he said. "The biggest difference with us is our pitching depth. It's just night and day from what we had last year."

McCray Wins Job In Vols' Sweep
March 8,2009

Stephen McCray figured heavily into the plans for Tennessee's baseball team when he arrived on campus last fall, and that hasn't changed.

McCray, a right-hander from Young Harris (Ga.) College, solidified his spot as a weekend starter in SEC games as the Vols beat Ohio University 10-2 on Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

McCray (2-0) went five scoreless innings and gave up four singles. He struck out three and walked none.

"I think he definitely is our other guy on the weekend, no question about it," UT coach Todd Raleigh said. "He's pitched well every time out."

UT_Thread_Head writes:

i'm sorry..that ^ was for livinloudin:
"Can someone please explain to me why Morgado is no longer a starting pitcher??? I just dont get it"

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