Dave Serrano Postgame at UNLV (2/15/13)
A two-out, ninth-inning rally came up short late Friday night as the Tennessee baseball team opened the 2013 season with a 10-9 loss to UNLV in Las Vegas.
UNLV scored three times in the eighth to take a 10-8 lead. The Vols, who had leads of 2-0, 6-3 and 8-7, scored a run in the ninth when David Houser was hit by a pitch, Derek Lance walked and Will Maddox, who had been 0-for-4, singled to score Lance. A.J. Simcox, however, hit a liner on the first pitch he saw to UNLV's first baseman to end the game.
Junior Scott Price had five of the Vols' 13 hits. He had four singles and a double. It was the first five-hit game for a UT player since Matt Duffy and P.J. Polk each did it against Georgia in 2010.
Christin Stewart, Vance Vizcaino and Houser, all freshmen, each had two hits.
The teams play a doubleheader —a 7-inning game, then a 9-inning game — today before ending the series with a game on Sunday.
Softball: Shutout pitching from Erin Gabriel and Ivy Renfroe powered No. 4 Tennessee to a pair of softball wins Friday, 8-0 over Coastal Carolina and 7-0 over North Carolina State.
Gabriel, a freshman, fired a 1-hitter against Coastal Carolina on opening day of the USF 4 Team Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Tennessee (7-0) got two RBI each from Melissa Brown, Rainey Gaffin and Madison Shipman.
Gabriel (2-0) struck out eight batters in six innings.
Earlier Friday, Renfroe (2-0) struck out seven Wolfpack batters as UT handed N.C. State ace Emily Weiman (4-1) her first loss.
Cheyanne Tarango and Lauren Gibson each drove in a pair of runs. Raven Chavanne had two hits.
Today, Tennessee takes on host and No. 12 South Florida today at 1:15. Seeded games begin later in the day.
The tournament concludes Sunday.
Men's Tennis: UCLA ousted Tennessee 4-1 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.
Mikelis Libietis' 6-3, 6-4 victory over Denis Novikov at No. 1 singles was the Vols' only highlight against the third-ranked Bruins.
UCLA (8-0) halted Brandon Fickey's 10-match win streak and Hunter Reese's 12-match streak.
The Vols (11-2) take on Ole Miss in the consolation bracket. The Rebels lost 4-0 to Georgia.
Women's Golf: The Lady Vols are second, one stroke behind Georgia, after the first round of the Florida State Match-Up Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla.
UT shot a 3-over-par 291, paced by Erica Popson's 2-under 70, which was good for third place. Chessey Thomas' 72 tied for fifth.
AJ Newell shot 73, Sara Monberg 76 and Daeun Song 82.
The 12-team tournament continues today.