Jan. 22, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 23 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 baseball season in Knoxville kicks off on the diamond on Feb. 14 when the Vols 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 early 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.
Practice officially starts this week, with the Diamond Vols first taking the field on Friday, Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET. An intrasquad scrimmage is set for 4 p.m. that day at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. All practices are free and open to the public. For more information visit this week's practice schedule.
Twenty two Vols have graced the No. 23 on Rocky Top, with freshman catcher and first baseman Forrest Bramlett set to be the 23rd on Feb. 14. Today, we take a look back at former right-handed pitcher and Brentwood native Wyatt Allen, who lettered at UT from 1999-2001.
#23 WYATT ALLEN
1999-2001 | RHP | 6-4 | 200 lbs. | Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
Coming to Knoxville from the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, former right-handed pitcher Wyatt Allen was a letterwinner at UT from 1999-2001 and helped lead the Volunteers to the 2001 College World Series.
Allen made 19 appearances as a freshman, compiling a 1-2 record and 38 strikeouts over the 43.2 innings pitched - the fifth-most on staff. As a sophomore in 2000, Allen made seven starts and went 4-3 on the year with a 4.19 ERA. He logged the third-most innings on staff with 53.2 and averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while holding opponents to a .233 batting average.
Allen had a big impact on the Vols' run to the 2001 College World Series. The junior posted a team-best 10-3 record with two complete games and and impressive 110 strikeouts over a team-high 104.1 innings. His 110 sit-downs led the Southeastern Conference in 2001 and is a mark that currently ranks just outside the top 10 in the single-season records. He picked up the last win of the 2001 season for the Vols, pitching eight strong innings in a 10-2 win over USC in the College World Series. He held the Trojans to just six hits and two runs, while striking out five and walking just one.
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (39th overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft, Allen finished his UT career ranked 10th all-time in strikeouts with 203. He was also named the team's Mike Smithson Most Valuable Pitcher in 2001.
Allen played six seasons of minor league ball from the Single-A to Triple-A for the White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates' organizations. He won 19 games, had an ERA of 4.33 and struck out 319 in 443 innings pitched.
THROWBACK NOTES ON ALLEN
- Attended Brentwood Academy where he posted a 8-2 record with a 2.13 ERA for the Class 2A State Champions
- Also hit .413 for the Eagles
- Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school in the 32nd Round
#23 Forrest Bramlett
2014 | C/1B | 6-1 | 205 lbs. | R/R | Ellijay, Ga.
Freshman catcher and first baseman Forrest Bramlett comes to Knoxville from Gilmer High School in Ellijay Ga., where he was a four-year letterwinner and one-year captain for the Bobcats. Bramlett hit .397 as a senior, .435 as a junior and .333 as a sophomore with seven home runs over his career at Gilmer. He earned Rawlings Southeast Region All-American Honorable Mention honors as a senior and was named a 2012 Underclass All-American as a junior. Bramlett was listed as the No. 4 catcher and No. 46 overall prospect from the state of Georgia by Perfect Game.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Full name is Forrest Alan Bramlett
- Also a two-year letterwinner in basketball and one-year letterwinner in football at Gilmer
- Chose Tennessee because it is a great school, he loved the coaches and it felt right
- Majoring in business