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Cobb contains ’Canes in relief as Diamond Vols rally past Miami 14-11


Thrown into the fire at Mark Light Stadium in Coral Gables, Fla. Saturday night, UT Volunteer freshman pitcher Craig Cobb responded with a victory.

Making his first-ever college road appearance in one of the toughest environments in college baseball, ex-Farragut Admiral Cobb pitched the final 3 2/3 innings of relief while giving up just one run as the Vols rallied to beat the top-five nationally ranked Miami Hurricanes in a 14-11 shootout.

Working out of two messy jams with key strikeouts and timely defensive help, Cobb endured an early case of nerves and a rowdy crowd of 4,583 by giving up four hits and one walk while striking out four.

Asked on the Vol Network post-game show if he was nervous upon entering the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cobb responded, “probably just a little bit, I mean, they’re Miami and they’re one of the top-ranked teams in the nation and they had a packed house here tonight and their fans are pretty rowdy.

“But once I got those first couple of pitches out of the way, it was just like everything was (OK).”

Cobb, 19, also praised his defense, which helped kill possible rallies in the sixth-inning with a runner caught stealing, and in the ninth-inning with a nice line-drive catch.

Cobb’s nerves may have contributed to the Hurricane run in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game 11-11.

Pitching to his first two batters, the Vol freshman gave up a two-out double followed by an RBI single. A strikeout ended the Miami sixth.

The ex-Admiral then gave up his only walk plus a single to begin the Miami seventh, but made a good defensive play on a bunt sacrifice attempt to cut down the lead runner at third. A strikeout and fly-out followed, and no harm was done.

Again Cobb overcame a rough start to an inning after giving up a lead-off double in the Hurricane eighth. But two fly-outs and a strikeout ended that threat, and with the Vols providing a three-run cushion in the top of the eighth, Cobb was three outs from his first college victory.

A three-up, three-down ninth ended with a strikeout.

HELLO TO PARENTS

Asked on the post-game show how it felt to pick up his first college pitching win, Cobb’s thoughts turned first and foremost back to Farragut.

“I’d just like to say ‘hi’ to my parents back home listening,” the freshman said to his parents, Kathy and Clifford Cobb. “I appreciate them listening.”

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