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Ramsey Records First Pro Hit, Home Run

#VFL Matt Ramsey has experienced a smooth transition following his trade to the Miami Marlins organization from Tampa Bay in early July. Now with the Double A Jacksonville Suns, Ramsey has maintained a 1.53 ERA with 26 strikeouts over his 17.2 total innings pitched for the Suns. And on Sunday night against the Mississippi Braves, he added another career milestone as the right-handed reliever hit a solo home run for his first-career hit as a professional.

Despite taking the loss in relief, Ramsey helped his team's cause against the Braves by recording his first-ever hit in the seventh, launching a home run over the right field wall to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead. It marked just his third professional at-bat since being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011.

During his three seasons with the Volunteer Baseball Program (2009-11), the former Farragut High School standout hit for a .262 average with six home runs, each accounted for during the 2010 season. He had 27 career RBIs and compiled a .402 slugging percentage over his 229 career at-bats, while holding a 4-6 record with nine saves and a 4.43 ERA in his 56 appearances (two starts) on the mound.

Check out Sunday's Jacksonville Suns game recap and more on Ramsey's homer:

Schultz, LA Brewers Win CCL Championship

Tennessee catcher Tyler Schultz and his Los Angeles Brewers of the California Collegiate League captured the league championship title on Sunday, defeating the Neptune Beach club in a 4-3 summer finale.

Schultz went 1-for-4 as starting catcher in the Brew Crew's season finale and received All-Tournament Team honors following the game. This summer, Schultz hit .295 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBIs in his 31 total games. He scored 17 runs for the Brewers and held a .378 on-base percentage during that span. 

A native of California, Schultz shared the championship with another Vol, incoming transfer pitcher Steven Kane. Kane, who comes to Knoxville from Cypress College in California, went 0-3 with three saves in his nine games with the Brewers and compiled a 2.99 ERA.

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Lance Earns GLSCL Postseason Honors

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On Friday, #Vols infielder/outfielder Derek Lance received First-Team honors with the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Lance, who was also named to the GLSBL All-Star Team, led the Steam with a .317 batting average and a .388 on-base percentage, while his 38 hits, 23 runs and 9 stolen bases ranked second-best among the Steam squad.

Check out more on Lance's recognition, along with the rest of the postseason GLSBL honors:
On Tuesday evening (7/29) against the Yankees, #VFL and current Texas first baseman J.P. Arencibia had a career night at the plate despite the Rangers' 12-11 defeat at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Arencibia went 4-for-5 with two homers and a career-high seven RBIs, including a grand slam home run in the 7th inning. The grand slam sparked the beginning of an offensive rally for the Rangers, marking the first grand slam home run by a Rangers player this season and the first since July 3, 2013. Arencibia's performance was also just the 17th time in club history for a player to collect seven RBIs in a single game. 

Since his return to the Major Leagues on July 18, the former Vol is 11-for-44 (.250) with five home runs and 16 RBI in 12 games.

Here is the latest coverage on Arencibia and his big night:

Happy Birthday - July 26: Nagy, Monroe, Upson and Gilbert

On July 26 we celebrate a trio of birthdays of current Tennessee student-athletes, junior golfers Michael Nagy and Michael Monroe, and sophomore rowing coxswain Taylor Upson

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Also celebrating today is former Tennessee baseball player Buddy Gilbert. The Knoxville native, who turns 79 today, played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization and is a member of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.


Headley Walks Off in Yankees Debut

In his debut with New York following Tuesday's trade from San Diego, #VFL Chase Headley delivered a game-winning single to left field in the 14th inning, lifting the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over Texas at Yankee Stadium. 
Headley arrived in the Yankees dugout straight from the airport on Tuesday evening, entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He was hitless in his first three at-bats, but made an immediate impact on the field with a leaping grab at third.

Headley later told MLB.com: "There's a lot of nerves there, but I kind of stepped out of the box and I thought to myself, 'Why not? Why wouldn't this day go this way?' I was able to enjoy it."

Tuesday's matchup with the Rangers also produced another moment for #VFL J.P. Arencibia, who smashed a game-tying home run in the 13th frame against New York. He went 1-for-6 on the night as the Rangers' starting first baseman, marking his fifth game since being called up on July 18. 

Check out the rest of the media coverage on Headley and his walkoff debut here, along with Arencibia's homer:
On July 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to #VFL and current Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes. On his birthday today, Gomes went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Detroit and helped the Indians to a 6-2 win! He now owns a .269 average on the season and is hitting .295 with four doubles and three homers during the month of July.

On Saturday morning, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team topped Chinese Taipei, 4-1, in the semifinal round of Honkbal Week at Pim Mulier Stadium. With the win, Team USA improves to 17-3-2 overall this summer and advances to the championship game on Sunday, facing the winner of a Japan-Netherlands matchup scheduled for Saturday evening.

UT's Christin Stewart produced another multi-hit game for Team USA, going 2-for-4 with a double, one walk and one RBI as the club's designated hitter. Entering Sunday's championship game, Stewart continues to lead the USA squad with a .394 average, 26 hits, 11 doubles and 16 RBI through his 20 games (17 starts) this summer.

The Honkbal Week Championship contest is set for Sunday at Pim Mulier Stadium, beginning at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET). 

Team USA Shuts Out Chinese Taipei, 3-0

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team shut out Chinese Taipei, 3-0, on Friday at Pim Mulier Stadium in the Netherlands. Team USA finished double round-robin play with a 5-1 record and by doing so, has now captured four shutout wins in its last six games.

Tennessee's Christin Stewart went 1-for-3 with one walk in the win, hitting second in the lineup as Team USA's designated hitter. Stewart will enter playoff rounds holding a .387 average through 19 games (16 starts) this summer, while he continues to lead the club with 10 doubles and 24 hits. His 15 RBI also rank tied for first on the squad.

Team USA has now improved to 16-3-2 overall this summer and will advance to a sudden-death playoff round as the No. 1 seed, playing Chinese Taipei in semifinals on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET).

Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff

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