Jan. 15, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 30 days away!
In January and February, UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 14) with looks back at the many players who donned jersey numbers 30-1.
The 2014 baseball season in Knoxville kicks off with the Tennessee Baseball Leadoff BBQ at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, Jan. 16, where the Vols will officially induct former UT standout and Major Leaguer Chris Burke as the 19th member of the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame.
On the diamond, the Vols open play on Feb. 14 when they host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 4 p.m. With one of the youngest teams in the country in 2013, head coach Dave Serrano and company have the foundation in place on Rocky Top. The 2014 slate is highlighted by 33 games in Knoxville, including nonconference matchups against Purdue (Feb. 15-16) and UNLV (Feb. 21-23). The Vols open with a 13-game homestand, starting things off with three straight days of doubleheader action.
In total, 19 Vols have worn No. 30, including Scot Drucker (2003-04). We'll travel back a decade to look at the pitching career of Drucker, who went on to play seven seasons of professional ball at the minor league level.
#30 Scot Drucker
2003-04 | RHP | 6-1 | R/R | Miami, Fla.
Drucker - forced to sit out the 2003 season after transferring from the University of Florida - played just one season for the Volunteers in 2004. The Big Orange roared out of the gates to a 29-5 record - the best start in program history - and Drucker had much to do with the success on the mound. He compiled an impressive 2.61 ERA and led the team with an 8-3 record. He finished the season with 65 strikeouts and a team-high five saves in 58.2 innings pitched. His five saves is currently tied for 10th in the single-season record books and his 32 appearances as a junior are a UT record. The Vols cooled down in 2004, but snapped a two-year postseason absence by reaching the NCAA Regional.
The righty was drafted in the 13th round of the 2004 MLB First-Year Draft by the Oakland Athletics and went on to play in the minors for the Vancouver Canadians, Kane County Cougars and Stockton Ports of the A's organization. He also played for the Erie SeaWolves (AA) and Toledo Mud Hens (AAA) of the Detroit Tigers organization in. Over eight professional seasons, he compiled 40 wins and 21 saves in 557.1 innings pitched.
He later returned to Rocky Top to complete his degree requirements through the Thornton Center's Renewing Academic Commitment program and is currently a MLBPA Certified Agent.
THROWBACK NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Grandfather Bernard Sternback played in the Philadelphia Phillies organization
- Graduated from the Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Majored in sport psychology