Feb. 5, 2010
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former University of Tennessee standouts James Adkins and Mike Lincoln will join fellow former Vols and current professional players J.P. Arencibia, Chase Headley and Luke Hochevar as part of the speaker panel featured at the 18th Annual Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet tonight at the Knoxville Convention Center.
"I'm very excited that James and Mike have agreed to speak at our banquet," UT Head Coach Todd Raleigh said. "They were both terrific players at Tennessee and have continued to represent the Orange and White extremely well at the professional level."
In his three solid seasons on Rocky Top, Adkins became Tennessee's all-time strikeout king with 380 career Ks. That total places the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native and current Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand in ninth place on the SEC's career strikeouts list. Adkins also ranks second in school history in games started (52), third in innings pitched (355.1) and tied for third in wins (25).
The left-hander utilized a devastating breaking ball to fashion a 3.50 career ERA, highlighted by a career-best season ERA of 2.80 during his junior campaign. Opponents hit just .232 against him throughout his career. In addition to being named a Freshman All-American in 2005, Adkins also was tabbed as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Knoxville Regional after logging a career-high 15 strikeouts during a four-hit, complete-game win over Winthrop.
An eight-year Major League veteran, Mike Lincoln pitched for Tennessee in 1996 after spending his first two collegiate seasons at American River College. During his stay in Knoxville, he helped lead the Vols to an impressive 43-20 overall record and a second-place SEC finish. The 6-2 right-hander was a mainstay in the UT rotation that year, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.33 ERA in 14 appearances, including 10 starts. He tossed a total of 70.1 innings, striking out 76 and walking just 30. He also displayed his versatility on the mound, twirling two complete games in addition to notching a pair of saves.
The Carmichael, Calif., native was drafted in the 13th round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his Major League debut with the Twins in 1999 and spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals organizations before signing with his current team, the Cincinnati Reds in 2008.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chris Burke will not be able to attend tonight's banquet as previously scheduled.
The preseason banquet will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs during the reception time. Individual tickets are $40 and tables of 10 are $350.
Tennessee Athletics invites you to attend this exciting event. For more information or to reserve your seat visit www.utsports.com or call the UT Athletics Marketing office at (865) 974-1734.
18TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE BASEBALL LEADOFF BANQUET
Order of Events
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Reception and Autograph Opportunity
6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program