Jan. 31, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 14 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 and the Diamond Vols are in action throughout this week, with outdoor scrimmages set for Friday and Saturday. All outdoor practices at Lindsey Nelson Stadium are free and open to the public. For more information and to view this week's pitching schedule, visit UTSports.com.
In total, 25 Vols have worn the Orange and White No. 14, and junior college transfer Tyler Schultz will become the 26th on opening day in two weeks. In the late 1990s the jersey belonged to right-handed pitcher Luke Hudson, who went on to play five years in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals.
#14 Luke Hudson
1996-98 | RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 195 lbs. | Fountain Valley, Calif.
One of many Vols to hail from the West Coast, Luke Hudson's first season on Rocky Top was in 1996. In his freshman season, Hudson went 5-0 and finished the year with a 3.91 ERA. He started nine games, amassing 57 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.
As a sophomore, Hudson started 12 games for the Vols, finishing the season with a 6-2 record and a 4.12 ERA. He struck out a career-best 77 batters and had two complete games over 83.0 innings of work.
Making 12 starts as a junior, Hudson posted just a 4-3 record with a 6.82 ERA. He added one more complete game and 68 strikeouts in his last season as a Vol.
With a 15-5 overall career record, Hudson ranks ninth in career winning percentage at Tennessee with a mark of .750.
Hudson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft, but was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. He made his debut for the club on July 1, 2002 at age 25. Hudson won 10 games with the Reds over the course of three seasons, compiling a 4.92 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 139.0 innings pitched.
After being released by the Reds, Hudson was signed by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He pitched two seasons for the Royals and racked up seven wins, a 5.37 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 104.0 innings pitched.
In and out of minor league stints, Hudson struck out a whopping 694 batters and allowed just 278 base on balls.
NOTES ON HUDSON
- Drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles (5th round)
- Has four sisters and three brothers
- Majored in sport management
#14 Tyler Schultz
2014 | C | 5-10 | 180 lbs. | L/R | Huntington Beach, Calif. (Lakewood HS)
Junior catcher Tyler Schultz is another Vol from California and he's coming off a stellar campaign at Cypress Community College. He played in 45 games for the Chargers, hitting .316 with 42 hits, 25 RBIs, 24 runs scored and five doubles. He helped guide Cypress to the 2013 California Community College Athletic Conference State Championships, earning the program its fifth title in school history and the first since 2003. He earned championships tournament MVP honors, hitting .538 (7-for-13) in the event. Behind the plate, he gunned down 16 runners.
Prior to playing at Cypress, Schultz played for the University of San Francisco Dons. He appeared in 19 games and fielded a perfect 1.000 behind the plate with 51 put outs and six assists.
Schultz attended Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Calif., and was a two-sport athlete with baseball and football. He helped lead both teams to league championships in 2010 and 2011. On the diamond, he hit .471 as a senior and .333 as a junior for the Lancers. He was a three-time first team all-league honoree and earned team MVP honors on the gridiron. Schultz was named the Lakewood Athlete of the Year as a senior.
NOTES ON SCHULTZ
- Full name is Tyler John Schultz
- Majoring in communications
- Chose Tennessee because of baseball's great coaching staff and the program's tradition