The Vols' everyday catcher was a first-team All-SEC selection who came into his own at the plate...Ranked second on the team with a .347 average and 15 home runs after not hitting a round-tripper in his freshman season...Started 53 of 55 games at catcher in 2009...In lineup as the designated hitter in the two games he did not catch... Accepted invitation to attend the USA Baseball National Team Trials on April 21...One of only two Vols (Kentrail Davis) to appear in all 55 games during the season...Also ranked second on the team with 19 multi-hit games as well as 13 multi-RBI games...His 16 hit-by-pitches ties him for fifth in school history for a single season...Finished year with a .486 on-base percentage (also collected a team-high 40 walks) to move into the top 10 in school history for on-base percentage in a season...Hit .404 against left-handed pitching, .324 against right-handed pitching, .344 with runners-in-scoring position and .384 with two-outs...Went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a home run against West Virginia on Feb. 27 at Myrtle Beach, S.C., tournament...Hit two home runs in a 3-for-4 performance against Ohio March 6...Drove in five runs on two hits, including his first-career grand slam in second game of doubleheader against Ohio on March 7...Had second two-home run game of the season against Western Kentucky March 10...Solo home run in fourth inning of that game put the Vols ahead for good... Went 4-for-9 (.444) during the Auburn series March 13-15...He finished the AU weekend with a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage...Was 3-for-4 against Coastal Carolina on March 17...Continued hot hitting at Florida March 20-22, going 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a triple and his 10th home run of the season...Hit his 11th home run of the season against Western Carolina March 24...Went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two doubles on March 29 vs. Georgia...Batted .470 (16-for-34) during 10 game hit streak (March 15-March 27)...Named to the watch list for the Johnny Bench Award which is given to best catcher in Division I baseball...One of seven Vol starters to collect two hits against Lipscomb April 8...His two-run homer led Vols' to 4-2 victory over Mississippi April 11...Went 1-for-4 with double and two runs scored against Belmont April 14...Drove in a run with infield single against LSU on April 18... Went 2-for-4 with two game-tying RBIs against ETSU April 21...Went 2-for-3 with two doubles in series-finale vs. Arkansas on April 26...Paced the club with a 6-for-12 (.500) performance vs. Kentucky May 1-3...Went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs in series finale...Finished South Carolina series 5-for-11 (.455) including a 3-for-4 performance on May 9 with three runs, a home run and two RBIs...Followed up with 2-for-3 night against MTSU May 12...Went 4-for-11 (.364) in the final series against Vandy April 14-15...In series-opener he was hit by a pitch three times...His 10th inning RBI-single gave the Vols a 7-6 victory on May 15...Finished that game 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs...Also hit his 15th home run of the season....Spent the summer of 2009 with the USA Collegiate Baseball Team...Hit .293 in 21 games with Team USA, belting a pair of home runs and driving in nine runs...Also walked 21 times, en route to an impressive .500 on-base percentage.
2008 - FRESHMAN
Played in 22 games with 16 starts ... Threw out 11 potential base-stealers...Recorded one multi-hit game and one multi-RBI game...Hit .125 against right-handers while batting .250 vs. left-handers...Made his Tennessee debut Feb. 23 vs. Morehead State when he started behind the plate...Logged two RBIs and scored a run vs. Morehead State Feb. 24...Scored a season-high three runs and went 1-for-2 with two walks as UT upset No. 3 Texas by a score of 5-4 Feb. 29 in Houston at Minute Maid Park...Started behind the plate April 8 vs. Austin Peay and went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two doubles...Started at Arkansas April 20 and delivered a double in the win (his older brother, Logan, started at third base for the Razorbacks)...Saw late-game action against Vanderbilt May 3...Saw significant action behind the plate during the Kentucky series and started the series-finale May 11.
Graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn., where he was coached by Buster Kelso...Batted .433 as a senior in 2007, with 53 RBIs and a school record 13 home runs...Also led the state with 50 walks in 2007 while garnering All-America and All-Region honors from the American Baseball Coaches Association...Named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Division II All-State Baseball Team in both his junior and senior years as well...Was a 2006 All-Metro and All-Conference pick after hitting .385 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs...Was also a two-time All-Region selection...During his career at Christian Brothers, he helped lead the team to state titles in 2005 and 2007, three straight district and region titles (2005, 2006 and 2007) and a state runner-up finish (2006)...Played in the Tennessee Sunbelt Classic in both 2005 and 2006...Named to the 2005 TBCA Super Sophomore Team...Member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society and was vice president of his senior class...Graduated with a 4.2 cumulative GPA.
Full name is Norman Blake Forsythe...Born July 31, 1989, in Memphis, Tenn....Son of John and Dana Forsythe...His older brother, Logan, played baseball at the University of Arkansas from 2006-08 before being selected by the San Diego Padres in the supplemental first round of the 2008 MLB draft (46th overall pick)...His younger sister, Kelsey, attends Arlington High School near Memphis and plays soccer...Recipient of the Alma & Hal Reagan Scholarship Endowment and Champe Summerson Hyatt Athletic Scholarship Fund...Academic major: Engineering.
At-Bats: 5 at Arkansas 4/20/08
Runs: 3 vs. Texas 2/29/08
Hits: 2 vs. Austin Peay 4/8/08
RBI: 2 vs. Morehead State 2/24/08
Total Bases: 4 vs. Austin Peay 4/8/08
Stolen Bases: N/A
Strikeouts: 3 at Tennessee Tech 4/1/08
Walks: 2, 2x (last at Georgia 3/23/08)