Derek  Lance

17Derek Lance


Knoxville, Tenn.

High School:
Bearden HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 185


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2015 - JUNIOR

  • Lance appeared in 23 games for the Vols in 2015, hitting .173 with three doubles, two RBIs and nine runs scored.
  • Had a 3-for-4 outing against Missouri, scoring one run and stealing a base (April 10).
  • Notched an RBI in the series opener at Ole Miss (April 3).
  • Went 1-for-4 at Vanderbilt, hitting his third double of the season (March 29).
  • Scored once, hitting 1-for-4, against Vanderbilt (March 28).
  • Pinch ran against Austin Peay, stealing base once and scoring once (March 17).
  • Recorded his second double of the season against Morehead State on March 11, going 1-for-2.
  • Hit his first double of the season at UC Irvine (Feb. 27).
  • Went 1-for-4 with one run scored at Belmont (Feb. 25).
  • Went 3-for-5 with one RBI during a 6-0 win over Lipscomb (Feb. 20).
  • Started and hit in the two-hole during all three games at Florida International, going 1-for-4 with one run scored during the season opener (Feb. 13).


  • Played in 32 games for the Vols, making 13 starts in right field and eight in center field.
  • Finished his second season as a Vol, hitting .291 with three doubles, two home runs, 11 runs scored and 17 RBIs.
  • Recorded his first hit of the 2014 campaign on Feb. 28 against Quinnipiac.
  • Went 2-for-4 with one double, two runs scored and four RBIs in 10-9 victory over Vanderbilt (April 5).
  • Hit his first collegiate home run during a 7-0 victory against Vanderbilt (April 6).
  • Cleared the bases with a pinch-hit three RBI double during an 8-7 loss at LSU (April 25).
  • Blasted his second home run of his career during a 6-3 win at LSU (April 26).
  • Went 3-for-9 (.333) with one double, one home run, one walk, three runs scored and six RBIs during the series at LSU (April 25-27).
  • Recorded a 3-for-4, three runs scored, two RBI performance on May 2 against Kentucky, establishing a single-game season high with three hits.
  • Went 2-for-3 and was granted one free pass on May 10 at Mississippi State.
  • Hit .308 (4-for-13) with one RBI in the final regular-season home series against Florida (May 15-17), including a 2-for-5 night on May 15.
  • Went 1-for-2 with one RBI in the Vols' SEC Tournament game on May 20 against Vanderbilt.
  • Led the Cincinnati Steam in batting average (.317) and on-base percentage (.388), while finishing second in hits (38), runs (23) and stolen bases (9).
  • Finished the summer earning First-Team honors in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.


  • Appeared in 15 games, including 11 starts in the outfield.
  • Hit .143 on the year with two doubles, two RBI, and seven runs scored.
  • Made his collegiate debut as a pinch hitter at UNLV on Feb. 15, drawing a walk.
  • His first hit as a Vol, a double, came at Florida on April 28.


  • Graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville where he was coached by Jack Tate.
  • Earned all-state, all-district and team MVP honors as a senior.
  • Led the Bulldogs to the 2012 Class AAA state championship game.
  • Also named to the 2012 Knoxville News Sentinel PrepXtra First Team.
  • Claimed 2012 Rawlings Southeast Region Honorable Mention accolades.
  • Hit .466 with 61 runs scored, eight home runs and 37 RBIs as a senior.
  • Only struck out seven times in 171 at-bats in 2012 and posted a blistering .533 batting average during postseason play.
  • As a junior, he hit .366 with five home runs, 34 RBIs and 15 stolen bases while leading Bearden to the district tournament.
  • Guided the Bulldogs to the regional tournament as a sophomore, hitting .348 with 25 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.
  • Listed as one of the Top 1000 players in the nation and 23rd-best in Tennessee by Perfect Game.


  • Full name is Derek Alan Lance
  • Born December 2, 1993
  • Son of David and Abby Lance
  • Majoring in Kinesiology


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