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      Derek Tharpe
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Knoxville, Tenn.

Last College:
Samford Univ.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 188

Position:
LHP

Experience:
1L

B/T:
L/L

2003: Was the No. 2 pitcher on the staff who tied for the team lead in wins while ranking first in both innings pitched and strikeouts ... Made 15 starts, compiling a 6-6 mark with a 3.95 ERA in 93.1 innings ... Tied for ninth in the SEC with 88 strikeouts against just 25 walks ... Tossed one complete game at Kentucky 4/19 ... Posted career-bests in ERA, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts ... Worked at least five innings 12 times, pitching into at least the seventh inning nine times ... Struckout a career-high 11 twice versus Morehead State 2/8, in his first start, and Kentucky 4/19 ... Gave up three or fewer earned runs 10 times times while striking out at least six eight times ... Earned victories over Morehead State 2/8, West Virginia 3/2, South Carolina 3/22, Georgia 4/12, Alabama 5/3 and Arkansas 5/10 ... Pitched a career-high 8.1 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks against the Gamecocks 3/22 ... Went 4-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 10 league starts ... Vols were 8-7 in his 15 starts ... Was tough on left-handers, holding them to a .228 average ... Ranked third among pitchers with a 3.5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

SAMFORD: Joins the Vols after playing two years at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. ... 2002: Went 4-7 in 14 starts with four complete games ... Posted fourth-best ERA on team at 5.19 while logging 76.1 innings with 66 strikeouts and 25 walks ... Earned victories over VMI 2/8, Auburn 2/12, Mercer 3/3 and Belmont 5/19 ... Worked at least five innings in 11 starts, logging a season-high 7.1 innings in win over Auburn 2/12 ... Struckout a season-high eight against Mississippi Valley State 2/17 ... Team finished 27-31, going 7-7 when he started ... 2001: Team finished 20-34 as he ranked fourth on the team with 5.54 ERA ... Made 15 appearances, garnering eight starts, going 1-8 with one save ... Struck out three batters, allowing one run through 4.2 innings in win against Mississippi State on 3/1 ... Struck out a season-high nine batters through 5.1 innings against Troy State 5/11 ... Picked up first career save against Southeastern Louisiana 2/11.

HIGH SCHOOL: Was a three-time All-District selection at Karns High School in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Selected Player of the Year and All-State in 2000 while earning honorable mention USA Today All-America ... Posted hitting stats of .400 average, eight home runs, 125 RBI, 46 doubles and three triples ... Was 25-5 with a 2.00 ERA in his prep career ... Notched 132 strikeouts in 66 innings during his senior campaign ... Was a member of two district championship teams in 1998 and 2000.

PERSONAL: Full name is Derek Ryan Tharpe ... Born Oct. 30, 1981 in Knoxville, Tenn. ... Son of John and Vickie Tharpe ... Has one brother, Bryan ... Major: Speech Communications.

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