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Happy Birthday - Dec. 5

On December 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes to soccer player and Knoxville native Kathryn Culhane. 

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Also join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to two VFLs, Daniel Hood and Alan Cockrell. Cockrell became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Vols in 1981. In baseball, he was an All-American outfielder for Tennessee and was drafted overall by the giants in 1984. 

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On Thursday, Dec. 4, the 2014 American League Champion Kansas City Royals announced an agreement to terms on a two-year deal with former Tennessee Volunteer and Royals bullpen ace Luke Hochevar, as reported by MLB.com.

After spending the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander began a throwing program late in the season with plans to be game-ready by Opening Day 2015. After becoming a free agent for the first time in his professional career this offseason, Hochevar ultimately chose to remain with Kansas City, the team that drafted his as the first-overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Rocky Top.

Following his big league debut with the Royals in 2007, Hochevar was a vital piece of the Kansas City's rotation for the next five seasons. In 2013, he made the move to the bullpen and excelled, posting a 5-2 record with a 1.92 ERA in 58 appearances. Hochevar also recorded 82 strikeouts over 70.1 innings of work, which ranked as sixth-most among American League relief pitchers. His 10.49 strikeouts per nine innings ratio that season also proved to be eighth-best in franchise history for Kansas City.

Check out more of the latest news on the former Tennessee Baseball All-American and 2005 Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year Award winner:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 2

Today, we wish two Vol baseball players, Derek Lance and Andrew Lee, a very Happy Birthday! We also send our best wishes to Sarah McAuliffe of rowing!

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 1

Today, we wish Cross Country senior J.R. Creekmore a very Happy Birthday! 
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We also wish VFL baseball pitcher Greg McMichael our best wishes on his Birthday!
Greg McMichael spent eight seasons in the Major Leagues, winning the 1995 World Series with the Atlanta Braves




VFL Ramsey Added to Marlins 40-Man Roster

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Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins added five players to its 40-man roster this week. Among them, former Tennessee Volunteers right-handed pitcher Matt Ramsey was selected and will be experiencing his first-ever stint on a Major League roster entering the 2015 season.

Following a midseason and non-traditional trade from the Tampa Bay Rays organization, who drafted Ramsey out of Rocky Top in the 19th round of the June 2011 Draft, Ramsey held a 1.95 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work with the Double A Jacksonville Suns. Prior to joining Jacksonville, the Knoxville native went 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 33.2 innings for the Montgomery Biscuits in 2014, combining for a 1.47 ERA on the year.

Currently pitching in the Dominican Republic as a member of the Aguilas Cibaenas, Ramsey owns a 3.72 ERA and five saves in 10 appearances. His Aguilas are in second place in Dominican League standings with a 15-11 record, just one game behind the leading Estrellas de Oriente.

Through three professional seasons (2012-14), Ramsey owns a career 6-5 record with a 2.08 ERA, having appeared in 87 games including five starts. He has collected 147 total strikeouts over his 125.2 innings pitched and has only walked 57 batters during that span.

During his three seasons (2009-11) with the Vols, Ramsey served as the team's closer and went 4-6 with nine saves and a 4.43 ERA in 56 games (two starts). He also posted a .262 career batting average, having spent time at the catcher and corner outfield positions with Tennessee.

"It's been a pretty neat experience, playing with guys from all over the world," Ramsey told Tennessee Athletics' Brian Rice this summer of moving up in the baseball profession. "It's a neat experience and you see guys from all walks of life. The competition is definitely better, you just have to go out and do your thing."

Happy Birthday - Oct. 20

Happy Birthday to current defensive back Brian Randolph and VFL Pat McGlothin, a former Tennessee baseball player who went on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 
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Vol Calls - Wednesday Night at 8 p.m.

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Tennessee Head Baseball Coach Dave Serrano will be live and on-site at Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville tonight for "Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Serrano is set to discuss the numerous player achievements this summer, including Christin Stewart's gold medal win with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, along with the latest news from Vol Baseball. The show will also feature UT sports nutritionist Allison Maurer along with interviews from Vol Football's Cameron Sutton, Jalen Hurd, Kyler Kerbyson and Head Coach Butch Jones.

LISTEN LIVE at 8 p.m. ET

Hochevar Throws for First Time Since Surgery

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On Wednesday, #VFL and Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar threw for the first time since having Tommy John surgery on March 17, playing catch in an indoor batting cage at Detroit's Comerica Park.

"It felt awesome, my first couple of throws, just because I hadn't thrown for a while. But overall it felt good," Hochevar told MLB.com. "Typically getting loose is a little cranky, but today it felt awesome. Hopefully that continues."

Hochevar threw two sessions of 25 pitches at a 45-foot distance and will continue a rehabilitation program of throwing twice a week until he approaches the mound again in January.

Here's more on Luke Hochevar's recent throwing session:

The timing could not be better, as Hochevar also celebrates his 31st birthday on Sept. 15! Today, #VolNation sends their congrats, well wishes and birthday wishes alike to the former #Vol first-round pick.

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Happy Birthday - Sept. 15

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two former Vols and one current, Gene McEver (football), Luke Hochevar (baseball) and Josh Richardson (men's basketball)!



McEver was "the best player I ever coached... the best I ever saw" according to Gen. Neyland. While at Tennessee, McEver was an All-Southern selection each year and was the first player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hochevar was one of the top-rated pitchers in the country. He had an NCAA-leading 11 wins and had a career-high 13 strikeouts. He also moved into the fifth-place on Tennessee's single-season wins list during his tenure. He currently plays for the Kansas City Royals.

Richardson, a senior, had a breakout junior year starting in 37 games and was named to the 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team. He was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.


Happy Birthday - Sept. 9

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two current Vols, senior Eric Martin (baseball) and junior Lexi Dempsey (volleyball)!



Martin is a pitcher for the Vols and has seen action in 34 games. In career 34 appearances, he has never lost. This past summer, Martin played with the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken League. 

In her sophomore season, Dempsey appeared in 32 matches, starting in 1, and dished out 976 assists, 295 digs, 13 blocks and 19 service aces. She also recorded 16 double-doubles, good for third in the SEC. 

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