Feb. 6, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just eight 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 continues this week on Rocky Top as the Diamond Vols are in action Tuesday through Sunday, with scrimmages set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 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.
Just 20 Vols have worn the No. 8 for the Orange and White and the number will not be worn in 2014. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the No. 8 belonged to speedy outfielder Ronnie Hartsfield. The Lawrenceburg, Tenn., native left UT as the program's leader in career hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
#8 Ronnie Hartsfield
1978-81 | OF | 5-9 | 185 lbs. | Lawrenceburg, Tenn. (Lawrence County)
A graduate of Lawrence County High School, Ronnie Hartsfield joined the Vols on the diamond for his freshman season in 1978. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound outfielder could cover all sorts of ground in center field, where he started for three seasons. Hartsfield made the move to shortstop his senior year at UT.
While on Rocky Top, Hartsfield recorded a .351 career batting average and had an impressive 55 stolen bases. When he left the program following the 1981 season he led the Tennessee record books in career hits (237), stolen bases (55), runs scored (57) and singles (180). Those records have all since been broken.
Hartsfield hit .355 in his first season, a mark that ranks fourth all-time by a freshmen. In his senior campaign Hartsfield worked his average up to a team-best .362. He earned SEC All-Eastern Division honors in 1978 and 1981.
Hartsfield also totaled eight home runs, 93 RBIs, 41 doubles and eight triples over his career.
He was named one of 26 members of the Tennessee Baseball All-Century Team in 2009, and given a Certificate of Achievement and named a hometown hero by the Mayor of Lawrenceburg.
NOTES ON HARTSFIELD
- 1978 & 1981 All-SEC Eastern Division honoree
- Led the team with 63 hits in 1979
- Stole 21 bases in 1979