Jan. 26, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 19 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 has officially begun on Rocky Top. The Diamond Vols are in action all weekend, and have an 11-inning intrasquad scrimmage open to the public scheduled for Sunday. First pitch will be at 12:30 p.m. ET at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. For more information visit this week's practice schedule, which includes a scrimmage pitching lineup.
In total, 28 Vols have worn the Orange and White No. 19 , and junior college transfer Peter Lenstrohm will be the 29th in 2014.
Today, we take a look back at one of the all-time greats to ever toe the rubber at Lindsey Nelson Stadium and current member of the Kansas City Royals, Luke Hochevar.
#19 Luke Hochevar
2003-05 | RHP | 6-5 | 215 lbs. | R/R | Fowler, Colo.
Hochevar completed his three-year career as one of Tennessee's all-time most-decorated players. The right-hander posted a 15-3 record with a 2.26 ERA while leading the Vols to the 2005 College World Series and winning the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's best collegiate pitcher during his junior season. During UT's postseason run, Hochevar was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 40th overall pick in the MLB draft.
His 15 victories tied for the NCAA lead that season and also tied for first in UT's single-season record book. A consensus first-team All-America honoree (Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, Sports Weekly, NCBWA), Hochevar was also a finalist for the 2005 Golden Spikes and Brooks Wallace awards.
The SEC Pitcher of the Year's 154 strikeouts in 2005 set a new single-season record for a UT pitcher. A pair of injuries cut short his sophomore campaign, during which he fashioned a 4-2 record and a 2.86 ERA. He won six games as a freshman in 2003 and owns a final career record of 25-10 with a 3.05 ERA.
When Hochevar left the mound for the final time as a Vol (fittingly, in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium), he ranked ninth in career ERA, tied for 10th in games started (33), fourth in innings pitched (280.1) and second in strikeouts (287).
In the summer of 2004, Hochevar joined the USA Baseball National Team and notched a win in the gold medal game of the FISU II World University Baseball Championship against Japan. During his summer stint with the American squad, he posted a 2.73 ERA in 33.0 innings with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Hochevar was drafted 40th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 but did not sign. The Kansas City Royals then made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft after he spent that spring playing independent ball with the Fort Worth Cats.
Hochever made his Royals' debut on Sept. 8, 2007 at the age of 23. Hochever, who started for the team from 2008-12 and successfully moved into a bullpen role last season, has totaled 43 wins, a 5.10 ERA, five complete games and 613 strikeouts in 841.1 innings pitched. Hochevar recently signed a 1 yr/$5.2 million deal with the Royals for the 2014 season.
NOTES ON HOCHEVAR
- Spoke at the 2010 Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet
- Last UT pitcher to throw a 1-hitter (at Auburn on 3/18/2005)
- Brother Dylan played one season at Tennessee in 2009
- Father played professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets in 1979
#19 Peter Lenstrohm
2014 | RHP | 6-2 | 180 lbs. | R/R | Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Peter Lenstrohm comes to Knoxville after two years at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz. The junior right-hander posted a combined record of 13-3 with the Roughriders, leading them to the playoffs in both seasons. A Perfect Game Top 200 Junior College Prospect, Lenstrohm posted a 2.72 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 13 appearances last season. He finished his freshman campaign with an 8-1 record and a 3.70 ERA over 90.0 innings of work. He also walked 55 as a rookie at Yavapai.
Lenstrohm graduated from Chaparral High School in 2011, where he was named the Firesbirds' Pitcher of the Year his senior season. He tallied a 1.17 ERA with 68 strikeouts over 55 innings as a senior, earning first team all-region and second team all-state honors. Behind the righty, the Firebirds went 24-9 en route to an Arizona State Championship in 2011.
NOTES ON LENSTROHM
- Full name is Peter George Lenstrohm
- Has two sisters, Alicia and Jessica
- Major is currently undecided