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Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Cox drafted by Oakland in 37th round of MLB Draft

Posted on 12 June 2015 by Allen

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Tennessee left-handed pitcher Andy Cox was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 37th round (1,118th overall) of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

In 2015, the left-handed junior appeared in 21 games (seven starts) for the Vols, going 3-3 with a 3.36 ERA, three saves and 63 strikeouts over 67.0 innings of work. After beginning the year as a member of the Vols’ bullpen, Cox started a career-high seven games for UT in the second half of the season.

As a sophomore in 2014, Cox finished the season with a 5-1 record and a 2.44 ERA, including a team-leading 70 strikeouts. In his freshman campaign, he tied for a team-high 21 appearances with a 2-2 record and 5.29 ERA.

Over 69 career appearances, including 19 starts, Cox owns a 10-6 record with a 3.47 ERA, six saves and 164 strikeouts in 192.0 innings pitched.

Cox’s career honors include being named a finalist to the 2014 Gregg Olson Award and 2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award lists.

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Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Arkansas tops Vols in SEC Tournament

Posted on 20 May 2015 by Allen

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After battling through six and a half scoreless innings against the No. 5 seed Arkansas, Tennessee fell in a dramatic, first-round matchup by a score of 2-1 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Tuesday night.

With the loss, Tennessee drops to 25-23 all-time in SEC Tournament play and a 1-2 postseason record in games played against Arkansas. The loss marks the second straight year for the Vols to reach the first round of the tournament and be eliminated. Tennessee closes out its 2015 campaign with a 24-26 overall record.

“I think this game was kind of an example of our season,” Head Coach Dave Serrano said. “Nothing came easy for us. We struggled to score runs against good pitching. I thought (Trey) Killian was good tonight and way better than we saw him two weeks ago, and obviously (Zach) Jackson is as advertised. You credit their pitching staff. We have a lot of guys hurting right now. It’s always hard when it comes to an end, especially when you don’t reach goals that you should have reached.

“I do walk away from here with a little bit better feeling because I think these guys fought for us. And I’m proud of them for that. That was a good baseball game and it was a tough baseball game to lose, especially when your season is over with.”

Offensively, the Vols scattered four hits on the night, recorded by catcher Benito Santiago (1-for-3, RBI), right fielder Jordan Rodgers (1-for-2), first baseman Parker Wormsley (1-for-2, 2B) and shortstop A.J. Simcox (1-for-3).

In the third matchup between the schools this year, Tennessee and Arkansas held each other hitless into the third inning.

With a single to center field in the fifth, sophomore Jordan Rodgers recorded Tennessee’s first hit of the game and snapped Arkansas starter Trey Killian’s no-hit outing. Senior Parker Wormsley led off the next inning with a standup double hit into the left-center gap, but a fielder’s choice and caught stealing ended the opportunity for the Volunteers.

The Razorbacks then put together back-to-back base hits to start the seventh and broke through Tennessee’s defense, as a fielder’s choice chopper to short scored an Arkansas runner from third to make it a 1-0 ballgame.

Tennessee continued to press against Arkansas starter Killian and with one out in the top seventh, catcher Benito Santiago put the Vols on the board to tie the game at 1-1 with an RBI-double into left field.

The Razorbacks answered Tennessee’s seventh inning rally in the bottom of the ninth. Second baseman Rick Nomura singled to right field before shortstop Michael Bernal hit the walk-off double, giving Arkansas the 2-1 victory.

Starter Andy Cox dealt 3.0 scoreless innings in his start against the Razorbacks, allowing just one hit while striking out four batters, including back-to-back strikeouts against newly-named SEC Player of the Year Andrew Benintendi.

In the bottom of the fourth, righthander Kyle Serrano entered the game in relief of Cox. After loading the bases via two base hits and a walk on two outs, Serrano recorded a huge strikeout to get out of the jam and hold the score at 0-0.

Serrano went on to pitch 3.0 innings, surrendering six hits and one run before lefty Drake Owenby was called upon in the bottom of the seventh. After inheriting runners on the corners with no outs, Owenby worked to retire three of his four batters faced including a swinging strikeout for the third out.

With the game tied at 1-1, designated hitter Andrew Lee went to the mound in the bottom of the eighth. He struck out one batter to end the inning and in the ninth, proceeded to deliver one strikeout before allowing Arkansas’s Nomura a single. In the following at bat, Arkansas’ Bernal knocked a ball to the left field wall, plating the winning run.

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Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Hogs Top Tennessee 5-2 on Senior Day

Posted on 10 May 2015 by Allen

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The 20th-ranked University of Arkansas baseball team (30-19, 15-11) used a 3-for-3 day from Andrew Benintendi to pick up a 5-2 victory over Tennessee (20-25, 8-18) and split the series Sunday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Benintendi continued his Player of the Year campaign, going 3-for-3 with a double, two singles, a run batted in and a run scored to send his batting average to an SEC-best .405 on the year. He finished the series going 6-for-7 and has reached base in 29 of his last 40 plate appearances.

Arkansas jumped on Tennessee in the first inning when Serrano raced home on a wild pitch to score the first run of the game, before Eagan and Benintendi added RBI singles in the second inning to give the Razorbacks a 3-1 lead.

After the Volunteers cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth inning, Arkansas came right back in the bottom of the frame and Brett McAfee roped a single to right center to plate Benintendi and create a two-run lead. Rick Nomura blasted his fourth homer of the year in the sixth inning to give the Razorbacks a 5-2 advantage that held true to the final out.

Keaton McKinney (5-1) picked up the win, lasting 4.2 innings and giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. He retired nine of the first 12 Tennessee hitters in the game, including nine straight at one point. Dominic Taccolini came on in relief and stranded the tying run at third base in the fifth inning before working 2.1 hitless frames with one strikeout to earn his first save of the year.

The Razorbacks have not dropped an SEC series over the last seven weekends, posting a record of 14-6 during the stretch with one conference weekend remaining in the regular season.

Before first pitch, Arkansas honored seniors Jackson Lowery, Jacob Stone, Krisjon Wilkerson, Lance Phillips and Joe Serrano as they played their final regular season games at Baum Stadium.

Arkansas returns to action Tuesday evening, traveling to Omaha, Nebraska to take on Creighton at TD Ameritrade Park. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn on Andrew Benintendi: “His season has been great. Obviously for a month now, he has been on fire. Whether you are right or left handed, he is taking good swings. In his first at-bat, he fouls off four or five pitches then gets a base hit. When it’s going good, it’s going good. He check swings against a lefty on the first pitch, gets fooled a little bit and ends up laying down a perfect bunt and we score a run. His last at-bat was a good at-bat. The guy tried to work him way away then tried to bust him in; he got just enough of the barrel on it to hook it down that right field line for a double which ended up being a huge run for us at the time.”

Coach Van Horn on Joe Serrano: “It’s always good to get a win, especially when it’s senior day. We’ve had senior day for a couple of days now and we finally got to do it today and play the game. Joe’s first pitch he saw today, he singled to right field and ended up scoring the first run of the game. He has played a lot of games here over his four years. I’m proud of him and all the older kids who have gone through, working toward those degrees.”

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Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Vols top Carolina, 10-4

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

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After falling behind early in Sunday’s series finale, the Tennessee Volunteers used a late rally and six-run sixth inning to come from behind and post a series-clinching 10-4 win over South Carolina at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee moves to 18-21 on the season and 7-14 in SEC competition, while South Carolina (26-19) slips to 9-12 in SEC play. With the win, the Volunteers claimed their first series win over the Gamecocks since taking two of three games from May 12-14, 2006, as well as their first series win over USC in Knoxville since 2005.

The Vols combined for 13 hits against the Gamecocks, led by shortstop A.J. Simcox (3-for-4, 2 RBI), designated hitter Andrew Lee (2-for-4, 2-2B, 2 RBI), center fielder Chris Hall (2-for-4, RBI) and first baseman Parker Wormsley (2-for-4, 3 RBI).

In the first inning, South Carolina put up a three spot to take a 3-0 lead on a two-run triple by left fielder Elliott Caldwell.

The Vols answered in the bottom of the third frame, as second baseman Nick Senzel beat out the throw on an infield hit and scored on an RBI-triple by Simcox. For the second day in a row, third baseman Jordan Rodgers knocked a clutch RBI-single through the right side, plating Simcox to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The top of the order came through again for Tennessee in the sixth, as the Vols scored six runs on six hits to pull ahead of South Carolina. Senzel and Simcox reached via walk and a base hit before left fielder Christin Stewart hit an RBI-double to right field. With runners on second and third and no outs, designated hitter Lee then blasted a deep fly ball off of the right-center field wall and gave the Vols a 5-3 lead.

The Vols’ sixth-inning rally continued with an RBI-single by center fielder Chris Hall, scoring Lee from third. New third baseman Jared Pruett then knocked a base hit up the middle, putting UT runners on second and third with one out. First baseman Parker Wormsley then roped a ball back up the middle and beat the throw for an infield hit, scoring Hall from third to make it a 7-3 advantage. Back-to-back walks gave Tennessee an 8-3 lead before the end of the frame.

The bottom half of UT’s lineup sparked another rally in the seventh, as Rodgers and Hall scored on a two-run double by Wormsley to give Tennessee a 10-4 lead.

Left-handed starter Drake Owenby dealt 2.0 innings against South Carolina, allowing three runs on four hits before his exit. Despite surrendering three extra-base hits, Owenby recorded three big strikeouts in the outing, including a bases-loaded, two-out strikeout in his final frame.

In relief, righty Kyle Serrano entered in the third and threw 5.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits with five strikeouts to earn the win. His 5.0 frames marked his longest-career relief outing, as well as his longest outing of the season since he threw 5.0 against Grand Canyon University on March 8.

Freshman Jacob Westphal went to the hill in the eighth and threw 2.0 scoreless inning, holding the Gamecocks to preserve the win for UT.

This week, Tennessee hosts Xavier in a midweek matchup at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, beginning Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. ET. The Vols will then welcome Texas A&M for a three-game SEC weekend series in Knoxville from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3.

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Vols get swept in Athens

Vols get swept in Athens

Posted on 22 March 2015 by Allen

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Georgia crushed Tennessee 10-4 Sunday to complete a Southeastern Conference road sweep in front of a Lindsey Nelson Stadium crowd of 2,190.

It marked Georgia’s first SEC road sweep since 2009 (at Kentucky) and first SEC sweep by the Bulldogs since getting three from Auburn in Athens in 2012. Georgia now has won the series over Tennessee for the past five years.
Bulldog sophomore Stephen Wrenn led off the game with his third home run of the year. He hit the second pitch of Kyle Serrano off the scoreboard. Wrenn became the first Bulldog start a game with a blast since Nelson Ward at South Carolina in 2013. Then to start the second, junior first baseman Daniel Nichols smashed a Serrano offering over the scoreboard to make it 2-0. It was the fourth home run of the year for Nichols. In the third, Georgia scored four runs on two hits and a pair of Volunteer errors to chase Serrano. Nichols capped the scoring with a two-run single to give him 3 RBI in two trips to the plate and a 6-0 advantage.

Tennessee (9-11, 1-5 SEC) got a run back in the fourth on an RBI-single by Nathaniel Maggio. Tennessee made it 6-2 in the sixth as A.J. Simcox collected his first tiple and scored on an RBI-double by Christin Stewart. Georgia pushed its lead back up to five with a two-out run in the seventh for a 7-2 advantage. Zack Bowers reached on a walk, collected a stolen base, made it third on an infield hit by Jared Walsh and scored on a wild pitch by Hunter Martin.

The Bulldogs (15-9, 3-3 SEC) extended their lead to 9-2 with two runs on three hits in the eighth as Wrenn and Weber picked up an RBI apiece. With two on and two outs in the eighth, Georgia lifted junior starting pitcher Sean McLaughlin was lifted in favor of freshman Bo Tucker. After surrendering an RBI-single to Andrew Lee, he struck out Maggio. Georgia answered in the top of the ninth as Walsh blasted a solo home run for a 10-3 lead. It was the second home run of the year for Walsh and third of the day for the Bulldogs. Senior Jared Cheek took care of the ninth and the Volunteers managed to plate a run for a 10-4 final.

McLaughlin earned the win after going 7.2 innings and allowing three runs on seven hits to improve to 2-1 while Serrano dropped to 1-3.

“I’m really proud of the team in how they responded this weekend and followed up our Friday win with another Saturday and finished it off today,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “It’s funny after Sean (McLaughlin) came out there in the eighth, he came up to me and said that was the worst game he’s ever pitched, but he was still able to get us to that point and the defense behind him played exceptional. I thought Daniel Nichols had a key at bat for us with the two-run single to get us a big lead. We battled and now we’ll get ready for Mercer on Tuesday.”

The Bulldogs return home for a pair of midweek contests before going back on the road in the SEC Friday at nationally ranked South Carolina. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs play host to Mercer. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 6:05 p.m.

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Smart Signs With Mariners

Smart Signs With Mariners

Posted on 14 June 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee’s Taylor Smart signed with the Seattle Mariners organization and made his professional debut on Friday night with the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League.

The native of Maple Valley, Washington, Smart was drafted in the 26th round by his homestate Mariners on June 7.

He signed his contract with Seattle on Wednesday and started his pro career on Friday night. Smart came on as a pinch runner in the seventh inning for the AquaSox and scored a run as Everett beat Hillsboro, 4-3.

Smart played two seasons with the Vols after transferring in from Western Nevada College. In his two seasons in Orange & White, Smart played in 102 games with 98 starts. He started mostly at third base as a senior in 2014 after playing second base, third and shortstop in 2013.

As a senior, Smart had 16 multi-hit gams on his way to a .292 batting average with a .396 on-base percentage. Smart started 52 of 53 games he played in 2014 and smacked four homers and drive in 29 runs. He had 54 hits and nine doubles. On the base paths, he had eight stolen bases in 13 attempts.

He earned the team’s top defensive player award in 2014 with many dynamic plays at third base.

Prior to Tennessee, he helped Western Nevada to the JUCO World Series in 2012. He topped the team with 53 runs scored while posting a .407 on-base percentage with 34 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his sophomore campaign. He claimed 2012 second team all-region honors.

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Seattle Mariners get Smart in 26th Round

Seattle Mariners get Smart in 26th Round

Posted on 08 June 2014 by Allen

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Senior infielder Taylor Smart was drafted in the 26th round by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, the third Tennessee product selected in the 2014 MLB Draft. Smart was taken with the 771st overall selection as a shortstop.

He joined right-handed pitcher Nick Williams, who was picked four selections prior, in the 26th round by the Miami Marlins.

Smart played two season with the Vols after transfering in from Western Nevada College. In his two seasons in Orange & White, Smart played in 102 games with 98 starts. He started mostly at third base as a senior in 2014 after playing second base, third and shortstop in 2013.

As a senior, Smart had 16 multi-hit gams on his way to a .292 batting average with a .396 on-base percentage. Smart started 52 of 53 games he played in 2014 and smacked four homers and drive in 29 runs. He had 54 hits and nine doubles. On the base paths, he had eight stolen bases in 13 attempts.

He earned the team’s top defensive player award in 2014 with many dynamic plays at third base.

Prior to Tennessee, he helped Western Nevada to the JUCO World Series in 2012. He topped the team with 53 runs scored while posting a .407 on-base percentage with 34 RBI and 12 stolen bases during his sophomore campaign. He claimed 2012 second team all-region honors.

He was the 124th Tennessee player drafted, for a total of 136 times, since the draft began in 1965. He joins Will Maddox, who was selected in the 18th round in 2014 and Williams.

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Senzel named Freshman All-Amercian

Senzel named Freshman All-Amercian

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Allen

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Nick Senzel was named a Freshman All-Amercian by Louisville Slugger as selected by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team last week.

The Farragut product was honored as a designated hitter freshman All-American after hitting .315 with 15 extra-bases hits and tying for the team lead in RBIs with 39.

As UT’s cleanup hitter for much of the season, Senzel also stole 14 bases and walked 30 times. He posted a team-best .419 on-base percentage.

Senzel is the first Tennessee player to earn Freshman All-American honors since 2008 when both Kentrail Davis and Bryan Morgado collected honors from various outlets.

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Vols beat Vandy 10-9 with walk off single in 9th

Vols beat Vandy 10-9 with walk off single in 9th

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee freshman Nathaniel Maggio delivered a walk-off single to left field on a full count with two outs in the ninth to lift the No. 25 Vols over No. 4 Vanderbilt, 10-9, in a crazy game in Knoxville on Saturday night. The win evens the series between the in-state SEC rivals.

Commodores’ (25-7, 6-5) closer Carson Fulmer was brought in to pitch the bottom of the ninth with the Dores clinging to a 9-8 lead. The right-hander found trouble quick against Scott Price, who was awarded first base on ball four after the home plate umpire ruled Fulmer licked his hand and went straight to the baseball prompting an automatic ball. Fulmer rebounded to get the out at second base on an attempted sacrifice bunt and struck out Taylor Smart for the second out. Fulmer then walked Christin Stewart and hit pinch hitter Tyler Schultz to load the bases. Nathaniel Maggio ended the game with a two-run single to left on a 3-2 pitch as Bryan Reynolds’ throw home was just high enough to allow the winning run to slide under Jason Delay’s tag.

The game was a wild and ugly game for much of the night as the two teams played for nearly four hours and combined for eight errors. The Commodores looked to be in control in the fourth inning after scoring two runs to take a 5-2 lead but the Volunteers (20-9, 4-7) rallied for six runs in the bottom half of the inning to take their first lead of the night.

Vanderbilt bounced back immediately in the fifth with four runs. Dansby Swanson led off the inning with a walk and Bryan Reynolds reached on an error. After a Vince Conde single loaded the bases, Nolan Rogers pushed the first run of the inning across with a sacrifice fly to center field. Jason Delay then delivered a pinch hit two-run double to tie the game before John Norwood capped the rally with a RBI-single to center field to put VU back in front.

Given the lead, Hayden Stone settled in in relief, working three scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Brian Miller, who worked a scoreless eighth inning.

Vanderbilt matched the team’s season-high with five errors in the game as Tennessee took advantage of the mistakes with six unearned runs on the night.

Conde set career-bests with four hits, three runs scored and two stolen bases to lead Vandy. The junior blasted his second home run of the season with a solo shot to straight away center field in the fourth and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Xavier Turner pushed his hitting streak to 19 games with his first career home run in the third inning. Swanson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single in the third as well.

Fulmer took his first loss of the season after giving up the winning run in the ninth. Vanderbilt starter Jared Miller could not get out of the fourth inning with the lefty allowing seven runs, two earned, on six hits in three-plus innings. Stone turned in four solid innings of relief allowing one unearned run on one hit. Bret Marks picked up the win by recording the final two outs of the ninth inning for Tennessee.

The two teams square off in the rubber match tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT. The Commodores turn to right-hander Tyler Ferguson with the Volunteers handing the ball to right-handed freshman Kyle Serrano.

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Vols beat Austin Peay in 12 innings

Vols beat Austin Peay in 12 innings

Posted on 19 March 2014 by Allen

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For the second time this season Taylor Smart came up to the plate with a runner in scoring position in extra innings, and for the second time this season Smart delivered.

With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the 12th inning against Austin Peay, Smart ripped a shot through the left side scoring pinch runner Will Maddox, who entered the game one at-bat earlier replacing Jordan Rodgers who started off the 12th getting hit by a pitch on the first pitch of the inning.

The Vols put the hit-and-run on the first pitch of the at bat, drawing the short stop out of position and allowing the ball to get through the left side for the win.

With the walk-off victory, the 14th ranked Vols matched the best start in school history improving to 18-2 on the season a feat only achieved three other times in the 105 year history of the program (1951, 1997, 2004). Austin Peay fell to 8-11 on the year.

Smart, the hero once again, was 2-for-5 on the night with a walk, a run scored and the game-winning RBI. Scott Price was 3-for-5 on the night with two doubles and two RBIs for the Vols while Johnny Youngblood (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Nick Senzel (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) also had multi-hit games for Tennessee.

Kyle Serrano got the start on the mound for the Vols pitching 5.0 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out six, the most of his young career.

Five Vols came on in relief of Serrano including Josh Peterson who earned the win for UT, his second of the season. Tennessee’s pitching corps combined for 15 strikeouts on the night, a season high and the most since fanning 15 vs. Furman on Feb. 25, 2008.

The Vols put up five runs through the first three innings of the game and have now tallied 57 of their 137 runs this season in the first three stanzas.

The Vols got on top first thanks to the legs of Youngblood. Youngblood, in his second career start, got the first hit of the day for the Vols laying down the bunt to third base. He moved up to second on a stolen base and took off on a hit and run executed by Senzel, coming around to score on an infield single to give UT a 1-0 advantage.

The Vols added to their lead in the second inning. Andrew Lee was the first runner on for UT drawing a walk on seven pitches. He advanced on a ground out by Tyler Schultz and was joined on the basepaths by Smart who forced an eight-pitch walk. With a 2-2 count, Price laced a shot down the right field line and into the corner to score Lee and Smart and give the Vols a 3-0 lead. The runs were the 22nd and 23rd tallied by the Vols in the second inning this season.

Senzel got on the basepaths for the Vols in the third with a single up the middle, his second of the day. While on base he nabbed second and third for his second and third stolen bases on the day, an individual game-high for the Vols. Austin Peay walked the next two batters to load the bases for Schultz. With an 0-2 count on Schultz and two outs, APSU reliever Alex Belew allowed two runs to score on two wild pitches to give the Vols a 5-0 lead.

Austin Peay first rallied from a 5-0 deficit with a five-run fourth inning. First baseman Dre Gleason began the rally with an RBI double. Yet it was with two outs that the Govs did the bulk of the damage. Second baseman Kevin Corey had a RBI double, center fielder Casey Bredlau had a two-run single and right fielder Rolando Gautier tied the game with a RBI triple.

But the Vols got back on track in the bottom half of the frame when Youngblood notched his second infield single of the game coming home on a bomb to right field by Stewart one batter later. The home run was Stewart’s third of the season and first since March 4 vs. La Salle.

Austin Peay once again made it a one run game in the top of the seventh inning scoring on a wild pitch and tied things up in the top of the ninth inning sending a single through the right side with one out to even the score at seven. Andy Cox, in his 12th appearance of the season, registered the first blown save of his career in the ninth inning.

Tennessee brought in Drake Owenby and Peterson during the extra innings in relief as they combined to allow just one hit in three innings.

The Vols are back in action in their SEC home opener this weekend against Auburn. First pitch on Friday, March 21 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Austin Peay continues its five-game road trip with a 6 p.m., Friday contest at Jacksonville State to open a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series.

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Vols down Blue Raiders 2-0

Vols down Blue Raiders 2-0

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Allen

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The Middle Tennessee baseball team fell to No. 26 Tennessee, 2-0, on Tuesday evening at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. With the loss, the Blue Raiders fall to 5-10, while the Volunteers improve to 15-1.

Improving to 15-1 on the season, the Vols used two beautifully-placed bunt singles to help plate both runs in the top of the third inning. Tennessee held the Blue Raiders (5-10) to just five hits in the contest.

Junior LF Jared Allen had his sixth multi-hit game of the year in the defeat, tallying a single and double against the team he played for in 2012. Junior 2B Austin Bryant was aboard three times without the benefit of a hit, walking twice and being hit by a pitch.

Junior LHP Nathan Foriest pitched a career-high five innings, holding the Vols to two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five. Tuesday was the third time this year Foriest pitched four or more innings while surrendering two or fewer runs.

The Vols opens Southeastern Conference play this week, traveling to Columbia, Mo., for the first time in program history. The Vols will play Missouri from March 14-16, with Friday’s first pitch set for 7 p.m. ET.

Tennessee scored the only two runs of the game in a third inning that included two bunt singles, an RBI groundout and a sac fly.

The Blue Raiders put together a two-out rally in the ninth, with Bryant and pinch-hitting freshman Kaleb King drawing walks. The runners would be stranded, however, and the sixth Tennessee pitcher of the night in Andy Cox closed out the win for the Vols.

Peter Lenstrohm pitched three innings in relief to pick up the victory, while Foriest was saddled with his second loss of the year.

Junior RHP Matt Blackham pitched two innings of scoreless, hitless relief, and was followed by a scoreless inning from both senior RHP Paul Mittura and sophomore RHP Garrett Ring.

The Blue Raiders return to action Friday when they open a three-game Conference USA series with Charlotte at Reese Smith, Jr. Field. First pitch Friday is slated for 6 p.m.

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Vols’ Senzel named SEC Freshman of the Week

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Jimmy

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Tennessee DH Nick Senzel was named SEC Freshman of the Week by the conference after he hit .417 for the week as the Vols swept La Salle in midweek action and took two of three from No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe Senzelw as 5-for-12 at the plate with a double and four runs scored .He also tallied a team-high seven RBIs and walked three times. Once he reached base he was 3 for 3 on his stolen base attempts.

Will Maddox won the honor last week and now UT has two in a row. Dating back to 1985, Tennessee has earned consecutive SEC Player of the Week awards on just one occasion. In 1995, Scott Vieira (April 17) and Todd Helton (April 24) took home consecutive player of the week honors. Prior to last week, the Vols hadn’t had a SEC Player of the Week since Drew Steckenrider earned the award on Feb. 20, 2012.

Tennessee returns to the diamond to host MTSU this afternoon.

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UT pounds La Salle 14-0

UT pounds La Salle 14-0

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Allen

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No the Vols didn’t score two touchdowns today against La Salle’s hapless defense and run out the clock in the fourth quarter. UT juped on La Salle and held them to three hits all afternoon as Christin Stewart, Scott Price and Will Maddox hit home runs on Tuesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee improved on the best start in program history, picking up its 11th consecutive win to start the 2014 season. The Vols are one of just two unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. La Salle falls to 1-10 on the season with the loss.

Freshman right-hander Hunter Martin earned the first win of his young career, allowing just three hits and striking out four over three innings of work. Josh Peterson, Andy Cox, Trevor Charpie, Dalton Saberhagen and Zac Grotz entered in relief and did not give up a hit to the Explorers for the rest of the contest.

Tennessee and La Salle will play again on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bret Marks will get the start in his debut for Tennessee tomorrow.

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Vols’ Maddox Named SEC Player Of The Week

Vols’ Maddox Named SEC Player Of The Week

Posted on 03 March 2014 by Allen

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After hitting .625 and slugging 1.250 over a series sweep of Quinnipiac this weekend, junior infielder Will Maddox has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

The Gainesville, Ga., native led Tennessee to its third weekend series sweep of the season and to the best start in program history (10-0) with a 5-for-8 performance at the plate. Maddox hit a three-run home run, two doubles and scored a team-high five runs for the series. He also drew a team-high four walks against the Bobcats.

The middle infielder is currently hitting .385 for the season with team highs in runs scored (13), slugging percentage (.692) and stolen bases (4). Maddox, who has yet to strikeout in 36 plate appearances, ranks second in the SEC in both slugging and on-base percentage (.543).

Maddox becomes the first UT player to be named SEC Player of the Week since former Vol Drew Steckenrider earned the honor on Feb. 20, 2012.

The Diamond Vols host La Salle (1-9) for two midweek games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, before heading to Tempe, Ariz., for a three-game series with Arizona State (6-4) on the weekend. First pitch between UT and La Salle is slated for 6 p.m. both nights.

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