Jan. 24, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 21 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 today, with the Diamond Vols first taking the field on Friday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET. For more information visit this week's practice schedule.
In total, 28 Vols have worn the No. 21 and with sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Bettencourt cutting his number in half from No. 42 to No. 21 this season, he will become the 29th Vol to don the jersey on Feb. 14. Today, we remember the only four-time All-Southeastern Conference honoree in UT baseball history - the late Bobby Tucker.
#21 BOBBY TUCKER
1970-73 | OF | 5-11 | 180 lbs. | Memphis, Tenn.
A Memphis native, Bobby Tucker starred for the Volunteers from 1970-73, earning first team All-America honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a senior and garnering All-SEC acclaim all four seasons (three times as an outfielder and once as a first baseman). He is the only four-time All-SEC honoree in program history.
He finished his career with the third-highest batting average in school history at .389 and slugged 34 home runs, a record that stood for the next 20 years. Tucker hit .400 with 13 home runs and a .800 slugging percentage during his senior season, guiding the Vols to a 20-15 record and second place SEC East finish.
A member of the UT Baseball All-Century Team, Tucker holds the program record in career slugging percentage (.721) and ranks fourth in batting average (.389), fifth in home runs (34) and eighth in RBI (147). He also holds UT's freshman batting average record (.406).
Tucker was also a standout in the classroom during his time in Knoxville, earning Academic All-American status in 1972 and 1973 and landing on the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1971-73. He is also a member of the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a 15th round selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 1973 MLB Draft and went on to play in the Minor Leagues for three seasons with the organization. The Tennessean represented the United States in the 1972 Baseball World Cup in Managua, Nicaragua.
Sadly, Tucker passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his home in Cordova, Tenn. He was 62.
NOTES ON TUCKER
- Led the NCAA in home runs per game in 1973 with 0.37 (13 HR in 35 games)
- Led the SEC in home runs in 1973 with 13
- Played in the minors for the Knoxville Sox, Appleton Foxes, Iowa Oaks and Mexico City Diablos Rojos
#21 Trevor Bettencourt
2013-14 | RHP | 6-1 | 185 lbs. | R/R | San Jose, Calif.
Changing jerseys to No. 21 this season, sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Bettencourt made 20 appearances last season, including three starts. He finished the season 2-3 with a team-high three saves and 24 strikeouts over 34.2 innings pitched. Bettencourt earned a save in his collegiate debut, pitching the final three innings in UT's 8-3 win at UNLV on Feb. 16. He also allowed just one run on one hit in a season-high 3.2 innings against No. 20 Arizona State.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Full name is Trevor Thomas Bettencourt
- Majoring in political science
- Posted an 8-1 record as a senior at Saint Francis HS with 86 strikeouts and a 1.52 ERA