2009 - FRESHMAN
True freshman was an important part of the Volunteer bullpen...Appeared in 24 games which ranked second on the team in 2009 and second in school history for appearances by a freshman...Built a 3-1 record with a 6.43 ERA and allowed 17 runs (15 earned) on 22 hits with 31 strikeouts and 15 walks in 21 innings...Was 2-0 in SEC play with an 8.71 ERA...Earned his first win in his collegiate debut vs. Oregon State Feb.20, allowing one hit in a 1/3 of an inning...Allowed two runs on two hits in an inning of work against West Virginia at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament...Worked a 1/3 of an inning against Ohio on March 7, allowing one run on three hits...Pitched 2/3 of an inning the next day and shutout the Bobcats on one hit...Logged a scoreless inning against Western Kentucky on March 10...Made his SEC debut with 2/3 of an inning against Auburn on March 15, did not allow a hit or a run with one strikeout...Struck out a season high four batters while taking the loss in two innings of work against at ETSU March 31...Surrendered two runs on one hit in a 1/3 of an inning at Alabama on April 3...Allowed just one earned run during a stretch five outings in the month of April that spanned 3 2/3 innings and included action against Appalachian State (April 7), Mississippi State (April 12), MTSU (April 15), LSU (April 19) and ETSU (April 21)...Had a rough outing against Arkansas April 26 when he allowed two runs without the benefit of a hit in one inning...Collected his 12th scoreless outing of the season at Kentucky on March 1...Had his worst outing of the year against South Carolina on May 12, allowing four runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three...Worked an inning at MTSU on May 12 where he gave up one run on one hit...Picked up back-to-back wins in his final two appearances of the season at Vanderbilt...Worked a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on May 15 which he followed up with allowing one run in two innings with three strikeouts on May 16 to complete the three game sweep...Appeared as a pinch runner and scored a run against Louisville (March 11) and Lipscomb (April 8).
Graduated from Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tenn., where he was coached by Allen Pavatte...Went 8-2 as a senior in 2008 with a 1.01 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched...Entered his senior season as a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America selection, and garnered All-State and All-Region honors at season's end...Posted a 6-3 record and a 2.68 ERA with 102 strikeouts as a junior in 2007 while earning All-State and All-Region honors...Named team MVP as a junior and senior...Participated in the 2007 Worth Showcase...Played for Team Tennessee in the 2007 Junior Sunbelt Classic and also pitched for the Dulins Dodgers in the B.E.S.T. World Series during the summer of 2007...Wrestled for three years and appeared in the state tournament in the 112-pound weight class as a freshman...Also played defensive back on the football team for three seasons...Was a member of the National Honor Society and the Latin National Honor Society.
Full name is William Mario Locante...Born Feb. 2, 1990, in Memphis, Tenn....Son of Bill and Jeanne Locante...Recipient of the J. Milton Stockman Academic Scholarship Fund...Academic major: Marketing.