Made a career-high 15 mound appearances, all of which came in relief...Left-handers hit .182 against him while right-handers hit .250...Finished the season 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 innings pitched...Made five appearances in SEC play...Tied a career high with 10 strikeouts...Lowered his batting average against from .340 in 2008 to .229 in 2009...Started the season with four straight scoreless outings against Oregon State (Feb. 21), West Virginia (Feb. 27), Ohio (March 6) and Ohio (March 8)...Struggled in an outing against Western Kentucky, surrendering three runs without allowing a hit...Picked up his first career victory on March 18 against Tennessee Tech...Pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit to the first batter that he faced before retiring the next three in order...Surrendered two runs on two hits in an appearance against LSU on May 17...Worked back-to-back scoreless SEC outings with a 1/3 of an inning against Arkansas on April 26 and a 1/3 of an inning against Kentucky on May 1...Closed out the season with 1 2/3 innings of work versus South Carolina on May 10.
2008 - JUNIOR
Made a career-high 11 mound appearances, all of which came in relief ... Averaged exactly one inning per appearance and posted a 1.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... Left-handers hit .444 against him, but right-handers hit .276 ... Made two appearances in SEC play totaling 3 2/3 innings ... Began the season with a pair of brief shutout appearances in the Morehead State series Feb. 22-24 ... Also worked a scoreless inning against Eastern Michigan March 7, with a season-high two strikeouts ... Allowed two runs on two hits during a 1/3-inning outing against Presbyterian on March 12 ... Pitched a single shutout inning against USC Upstate March 25 ... Endured back-to-back rough outings against Tennessee Tech (April 1) and Austin Peay (April 8) ... Worked two innings against ETSU April 23, allowing one run on one hit with a season-high two walks ... Tossed two innings vs. Western Carolina April 29 and allowed no runs on one hit with a strikeout ... His first SEC appearance of the year was a season-high 2 1/3-inning stint against 13th-ranked Vanderbilt on May 3, and he was touched for one run on three hits with a season-high-tying two Ks ... Surrendered five runs on three hits during 1 1/3 innings against Kentucky May 11.
2007 - SOPHOMORE
Sophomore right-hander was hampered by an injury but made nine appearances (all in relief) on the year ... His 11.42 ERA came by way of 11 runs on 15 hits with six walks and nine strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings ... His first appearance of the season came vs. Eastern Michigan Feb. 11, during which he allowed one hit and struck out two batters in one full inning ... Pitched the final inning of action against Bethune-Cookman Feb. 18, allowing one hit and logging one strikeout ... Threw one inning of relief Feb. 24 vs. IPFW (G2) ... Faced one batter while logging the final out of UT's 9-6 loss to Illinois-Chicago March 3 ... Named UT's "CAREacter Star Athlete of the Week" March 9 ... Made a one-inning relief appearance March 10 vs. Siena and also worked two innings against Morehead State March 14 ... Pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings vs. ETSU April 4 and logged a career-high three strikeouts ... Worked the final inning of UT's 12-7 win over Furman April 17 ... Played summer ball for the Woodstock River Bandits of the Valley Baseball League and was selected to participate in the VBL All-Star Game ... Ranked fourth in the Valley League with 10 saves.
2006 - FRESHMAN
Made eight relief appearances on the season with an 0-1 record and a 6.48 ERA ... Recorded 10 strikeouts and eight walks in 8.1 innings of action ... Did not surrender a run through his first five career appearances (a span of 5 1/3 innings pitched) ... Career debut was a one-inning relief appearance during the season-opener at Florida Atlantic Feb. 3 ... Pitched 1/3 inning March 15 vs. Siena and took the loss to drop to 0-1 on the year ... Started the Vols' exhibition game against the Tennessee Smokies minor-league club April 4, allowing three runs on three hits with two strikeouts through three innings ... Threw 1 2/3 innings of relief April 18 at Tennessee Tech, giving up one run and striking out two ... Made his SEC debut at No. 22 Ole Miss April 28, working one inning of relief ... Finished the year with an opponents' batting average of .207 ... Left-handers hit .125 against him, and right-handers hit .238.
Graduated cum laude from The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Helped lead the Raiders to a 2003 state championship and a state tournament appearance in 2005 ... Owned a .370 career average at the plate and a career ERA of 1.90 on the mound ... Boasted an impressive 1.71 ERA as a senior in 2005 and allowed no earned runs through his final 37 innings ... Posted a 7-2 record with a 2.10 ERA as a junior in 2004 ... Was a member of Baylor's varsity bowling team and helped lead the Raiders to a region championship and a state runner-up finish during his senior year in 2005 ... Member of the National Honor Society and was also named to the Distinguished List.
Full name is Ryne Cullen Simpson ... Born June 29, 1987, in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... Son of Rick and Tammye Simpson ... Plays the drums ... His grandfather, Rudy Simpson, pitched professionally for the Cleveland Indians ... Admires the confidence and mound presence of MLB standout Mark Prior ... Recipient of the Thomas & Linda Hodgkiss Athletic Endowment ... Academic major: Microbiology.
CAREER HIGHS Innings Pitched-Starter:
Innings pitched-Reliever: 2.1 vs. Vanderbilt 5/3/08
Strikeout High (2008): 2, 2x (last vs. Vanderbilt 5/3/08)
Strikeout High (Career): 3 vs. ETSU 4/4/07
Walk High (2008): 2, 2x (last vs. Kentucky 5/11/08)
Walk High (Career): 3 at Tennessee Tech 4/18/06