Friday, June 10, 2005
DiamondVols surprise the Ramblin' Wreck
Rob Fitzgerald (RF) Luke Hochevar (P)
Congratulations to The University of Tennessee DiamondVols on their dramatic come-from-behind victory over the #2 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Friday afternoon's win in Atlanta was highlighted by senior Rob Fitzgerald's clutch go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning and starting pitcher Luke Hochevar's 11 K's and gutsy performance (137 pitches). The DiamondVols only need to win either Saturday's game (1 P.M., ESPN2) or Sunday's game (6 P.M., ESPN2) to advance to their first College World Series since 2001.
Thanks, DiamondVols! Although my neighbors might not have appreciated all of the yelling coming from my house during the 9th inning, you guys made my day.
More on Hochevar - he was named today as one of the three finalists for the Roger Clemens Award, annually given to the best pitcher in college baseball. It should be noted that one of the other two finalists, Cesar Carrillo of Miami, took the loss in his team's Super Regional opener earlier Friday, while the other, Texas Christian's Lance Broadway, did not pitch because his team has already been eliminated from the NCAA field.