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Serrano On Radio In Alaska

Tennessee baseball head coach Dave Serrano is in Alaska visiting the Vols playing summer ball in the Alaska Baseball League. On Friday night, he was a special guest on the Mat-Su Miners broadcast. 

With Serrano in attendance, Nick Senzel smacked a home run for his second game in a row, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Rodgers went 1-for-4 in the 4-1 win for Mat-Su. 

You can listen to Serrano starting at the 1:22:30 mark

Happy Birthday - June 26: Bily, Clifton, Stephens

On June 26, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent baseball graduate Pierce Bily

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 We also celebrate the birthdays of two former standouts on the gridiron: Chad Clifton and Travis Stephens. An offensive lineman, Clifton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2000 and went on to win two Super Bowls during his 12 seasons with the organization. Stephens posted the greatest single season in Tennessee running backs history when he carried 291 times for 1,464 yards in 2001. Both marks still stand as program records.

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FEATURE: Will Maddox Living Pro Baseball Dream

Maddox living pro baseball dream in Tigers' minor league system
Check out this feature on VFL Will Maddox from his hometown paper, the Gainesville Times: Maddox living pro baseball dream in Tigers' minor league system.

Here's the lede: 

Will Maddox is staying in hotels, riding from one town to another on buses and living his dream.

The former Gainesville High and University of Tennessee standout recently signed with the Detroit Tigers, after being selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. He started playing with the short-season Class A Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League last week.

"Being drafted was obviously a great privilege," Maddox said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play professional baseball, and this gives me that opportunity."


Happy Birthday - June 22: Hardnick, Schultz, Frost, Hayes, Simcox, Rossi

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on June 22, sprinter Arnez Hardnick, baseball player Tyler Schultz, thrower Carson Frost, coxswain MaryNell Hayes, baseball player AJ Simcox, and former Lady Vol soccer standout Kylee Rossi


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Happy Birthday - Warlick, Petersen and Maddox

On June 11, we send Happy Birthday wishes to women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick, recent swimming graduate Sam Petersen and baseball player Will Maddox who has just signed with the Detroit Tigers.

     

VFL Matt Duffy Slams 3 HRs for OKC RedHawks


Former Vols standout Matt Duffy made history on Monday night with the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks as he slammed three home runs in a 6-2 win over Salt Lake. Duffy became the sixth player in RedHawks history to hit three homers in a game. 

- MiLB.com Video: Duffy slugs third homer
 

Duffy hit solo home runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings for the third multi-home run game of his career. He also homered Sunday in Omaha and now has four homers in the past two games.

The RedHawks infielder became the second player in the PCL to hit three homers in a game this season, following Tacoma's Jabari Blash, who did it June 3 against El Paso.

Duffy had struggled early on with OKC since being promoted to the Astros' top affiliate. He was just 2-for-23 prior to Sunday's action. Since then he has hit four homers and raised his average to .194 with the four home runs and seven RBIs. Duffy hit .302 with Corpus Christi before being recalled in late May. 

VFL Andy Simunic Signs With G-Braves


Former Tennessee baseball star Andy Simunic has signed with the Gwinnett Braves, the Atlanta Braves Triple-A affiliate

Simunic, 28, was the 17th round selection of the Houston Astros in the 2008 June draft out of the University of Tennessee. He batted .276 with 59 doubles, eight triples, 11 home runs, 161 RBIs and 64 stolen bases over parts of seven seasons in the Astros' organization. Simunic played 30 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, batting .263 (25-for-95) with five doubles, one home run, 10 RBIs and one stolen base. He was released by the Astros on June 1.

Happy Birthday - June 4: Lizzie Cornell and Steve Searcy

On June 4, we celebrate birthdays for women's track/cross country junior Lizzie Cornell and former Vols pitcher and major leaguer Steve Searcy, who is also a Knoxville native. 



Happy Birthday - May 28: M.DiFelice, A. Sanders and H. Wilkinson

On May 28, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vol baseball star and longtime major league catcher Mike DiFelice, who played with the Cardinals, Rays, Diamondbacks, Royals, Tigers, Cubs and Mets. The Bearden High School product played parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues and was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.



We also send Happy Birthday wishes to current offensive lineman Austin Sanders and Lady Vol soccer striker Hannah Wilkinson

 

Happy Birthday - May 22: Marks and McNeilis

On May 22, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior baseball player Bret Marks and senior swimmer Kate McNeilis

  


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