Tennessee Baseball Year-by-Year Archive
SEC Finish: 9-21 (7th SEC East)
Postseason: SEC Tournament (No. 12 Seed)
Coach: Dave Serrano (5th season)
Tennessee Baseball completed its 2016 campaign with a 29-28 overall record, including a 9-21 mark in Southeastern Conference play and a 0-1 finish in the 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament. The tournament berth marked the first time for the Volunteers to appear in the league's postseason tournament in three straight seasons since 1995-97.
Junior Nick Senzel was named an All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Defensive third baseman, hitting .352 with 74 hits, an SEC-leading 25 doubles, eight homers and 59 RBI. He later became the first Volunteer to receive postseason All-America honors since Cody Hawn took Second Team and Third Team mentions in 2009. Following the season, Senzel went 2nd overall in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
As one of eight graduating seniors, Knoxville native Derek Lance received SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was accepted into ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine.
SEC Finish: 11-18 (6th East)
Postseason: SEC Tournament (No. 12 Seed)
Coach: Dave Serrano (4th season)
Tennessee closed out its 2015 campaign with a 24-26 overall record, following a 2-1 loss to Arkansas in the single-elimination rounds of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. After clinching a postseason bid in the final game of regular season play, the Vols returned to the SEC Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2004-05, after not appearing in the conference tournament from 2008-13.
Junior Christin Stewart led the team in multiple offensive categories and was named First Team All-SEC for the second consecutive year, becoming the first Volunteer to receive the honor in consecutive season since Chris Burke (2000-01). Right-handed pitcher/designated hitter Andrew Lee also had a breakthrough year and was tabbed a Top 10 finalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
SEC Finish: 12-18 (5th East)
Postseason: SEC Tournament
Coach: Dave Serrano (3rd season)
In Dave Serrano's third season at the helm, the Vols opened the season winning a school record 12 games in a row and were ranked in the Top 25 for several weeks. Tennessee returned to the SEC Tournament for the first time since 2007.
Outfielder Christin Stewart was named to the All-SEC First Team while freshman Nick Senzel was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
SEC Finish: 8-20 (6th East)
Coach: Dave Serrano (2nd season)
Head coach Dave Serrano's second season at Rocky Top featured one of the youngest teams in the nation with an NCAA-leading 18 true freshmen on the roster. The Vols were unable to make the postseason but gained valuable experience and showed significant improvement over the course of the year.
Zack Godley posted an impressive senior campaign for Tennessee with an SEC-leading six complete games in just 14 starts. Following the season, he would go on to be selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft.
SEC Finish: 8-22 (6th East)
Coach: Dave Serrano (1st season)
Tennessee's first season under head coach Dave Serrano started strong, but the Vols struggled down the stretch and missed the postseason.
Junior Drew Steckenrider became the Vols' first All-SEC selection since 2009, and Will Maddox was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team.
SEC Finish: 7-23 (6th East)
Coach: Todd Raleigh (4th season)
The Vols entered SEC play on a nine-game winning streak, but that early success didn't last long especially in an SEC East that sent three teams to the College World Series.
Ultimately, five Vols were taken in the MLB Draft, and outfielder Andrew Toles earned freshman All-SEC honors.
SEC Finish: 12-18 (5th East)
Coach: Todd Raleigh (3rd season)
The Vols got off to a slow start in SEC play and ended with five straight conference losses to miss the postseason for the third straight year.
In between, however, UT looked like an NCAA Tournament-caliber team, winning as many as six straight SEC games for just the third time in the last 40 years.
SEC Finish: 11-19 (6th East)
Coach: Todd Raleigh (2nd season)
The 2009 season was an up and down one for the Vols, who struggled to find consistency on the mound and at the plate.
UT's RPI jumped from 89 to 58 in 2009, despite playing 36 games against teams ranked in the top 50 at the end of the regular season.
SEC Finish: 12-18 (6th East)
Coach: Todd Raleigh (1st season)
The Vols learned to love the long-ball in 2008, Todd Raleigh's first season as head coach. The Vols hit 67 homers in 58 games in 2008, the fifth highest total in school history, all without three first-round picks from the 2007 team.
Pitcher Bryan Morgado earned Freshman All-America honors after striking out 104 batters.
SEC Finish: 13-15 (4th East)
Postseason: SEC Tournament (No NCAA bid)
Coach: Rod Delmonico (18th season)
The Vols missed out on an NCAA Tournament berth despite finishing nine games over .500 for the season and major contributions from future major-leaguers Julio Bourbon and J.P. Arencibia.
The 2007 season also marked the end of Rod Delmonico's 18-year run as the Vols' head coach.
SEC Finish: 11-18 (5th East)
Coach: Rod Delmonico (17th season)
The Vols won four of their final six SEC series, but still missed out on the postseason after being swept at home in the final series of the season.
Three members of the 2006 team -- Sean Watson, Kelly Edmundson and Michael Rivera -- were selected in the first 17 rounds of the MLB draft.
SEC Finish: 18-11 (2nd SEC East)
Postseason: College World Series
Coach: Rod Delmonico (16th season)
Future first-round pick Luke Hochevar led one of the Vols' best teams all the way to Omaha.
Fellow pitcher James Adkins, as well as future big-leaguers Chase Headley, Julio Bourbon and J.P. Arencibia also played big roles in helping Tennessee reach the College World Series for the first time since 2001.
SEC Finish: 14-16 (5th SEC East)
Postseason: NCAA Kinston Regional
Coach: Rod Delmonico (15th season)
Tennessee opened the year 29-5 -- the best start in program history -- but cooled down the stretch before being eliminated by UNC-Wilmington in an NCAA regional.
The 2004 season snapped a two-year postseason absence.
SEC Finish: 13-17 (4th SEC East)
Coach: Rod Delmonico (14th season)
A final weekend sweep at Vanderbilt kept the Vols out of the SEC Tournament for a second straight season, but 2003 marked the debut of future star Luke Hochevar.
The Vols also made a six-day trip to Cuba in 2003, where they played three exhibition games against members of the Cuban national team.
SEC Finish: 12-18 (4th SEC East)
Coach: Rod Delmonico (13th season)
After ending the previous season at the College World Series in Omaha, the Vols suffered through an injury-plagued season in 2002.
UT opened against heavyweights Miami and Arizona State, while Jeffery Terrell pitched a no-hitter in the home-opener against Bowling Green.