Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update
May 23, 2011
Overall Record: 25-29, 7-23 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 16
WED. 18
SUN. 22
Player of the Week Nomination
1B - 6-1 - 225
Overland Park, Kan.

Weekly Stats: .538 BA, 13 AB, 1 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 8 TB, .615 SLG, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K, .600 OBP, 0 SF, 0 SH, 1-1 SB-ATT

Season Stats: .278 BA, 108 AB, 19 R, 30 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, 37 TB, .343 SLG, 10 BB, 4 HBP, 21 K, .361 OBP, 0 SF, 3 SH, 1-1 SB-ATT

Notes: Tennessee junior Davis Morgan closed out his first season at Tennessee on fire at the plate, going 7-for-13 (.538) with six RBIs, including at least one in all four of the team's games last week. His efforts helped the Vols pick up their second SEC series victory of the season, as they took a pair of games from Auburn. A transfer from Johnson County Community College, Morgan opened the week with a pair of hits, a run scored and an RBI in UT's Tuesday night tilt against Belmont.

He then added two more hits in each of the first two games against the Tigers. In the series opener, Morgan tied his career high with three RBIs, all three of which came in clutch, two-out situations to pace the Big Orange to a 5-2 victory. Two days later, he drove in UT's first run of the game and drew a key hit-by-pitch to open the bottom of the ninth as Tennessee rallied to claim a walk-off, 4-3, triumph in its season finale. Morgan finished the season on a four-game hit streak which raised his batting average 36 points to .278. He drove in at least one run in each of his final five contests and ended the year with a total of 16 RBIs.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

The Tennessee baseball team closed out the 2011 campaign on a high note, claiming its second SEC series victory of the year with a walk-off win in the season finale against Auburn. The Volunteers finished the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 25-29, including a 7-23 mark in SEC play. Freshman Andrew Toles delivered UT's second walk-off hit of the season with an RBI single to center in the bottom of the ninth of Saturday's contest against the Tigers. The Big Orange had been 0-28 when trailing after seven innings this season before the victory, which gave the Vols a 5-2 record against teams from the state of Alabama this season.

Junior Davis Morgan led the team's offensive effort on the weekend, hitting a cool .500 (5-for-10) with five RBIs against Auburn. Fellow classmate Steven Gruver set the tone on the mound for UT, firing 7.1 innings of five-hit, two-run ball in the series opener on Thursday. He finished with seven strikeouts as he picked up his fifth win of the year. He completed the 2011 campaign with a team-high 95.2 innings pitched, a 3.95 ERA and 84 strikeouts.

Saturday's walk-off win not only closed out the season, but the careers of five Tennessee seniors -- Rob Catapano, Matt Duffy, Tyler Horne, Josh Liles and Khayyan Norfork -- as well. Liles, who finishes his career ninth in school history in games played, hit a home run, his first of the year, in his final collegiate at-bat. It marked his 199th career hit. Norfork, meanwhile, ended the year as UT's leading hitter with a .332 batting average. As a team, Tennessee finished with a success rate of 75 percent on the basepaths, swiping 90 bases in 120 attempts. That is the squad's highest stolen base total since tallying 160 in 2001. The Vols also set a new school record with 24 outfield assists (stat was first kept in 2000), including eight from sophomore Chris Fritts and seven from junior Charley Thurber. The Big Orange averaged 1,455 fans in 35 home dates and averaged two hours, 34 minutes per nine-inning contest in 2011.

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