Feb. 9, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just five 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.
In total, 29 Vols have worn the No. 5 for the Orange and While and senior Scott Price will wear the jersey during his final season on Rocky Top. Price led the Vols with a .361 batting average last season. Not long ago, the jersey belonged to former Vol Julio Borbon. A decorated outfielder, Borbon played at Tennessee from 2005-07 and is currently entering his eighth season of professional baseball.
#5 Julio Borbon
2005-07 | OF | 6-1 | 190 lbs. | Santo Domingo, D.R. (Colegio Dominicano De La Salle)
A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Borbon came to Tennessee as a freshman in 2005 and made an immediate impact. He helped lead the Vols back to the College World Series with the third-highest batting average (.350) on the team. His freshman average ranks fifth on UT's freshman records. He totaled 77 hits, three home runs and 42 RBIs. Borbon was believed to lead the NCAA with 19 bunt hits as a rookie (not an official stat), and earned NCAA Knoxville All-Tournament Team honors in the postseason. Borbon was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.
Borbon showed no signs of a sophomore slump in 2006, leading the Vols in batting average (.366), runs (45), hits (86), triples (5) and stolen bases (19). He was named to the ABCA All-South Region second team and was a second team All-SEC selection. Off the field, Borbon was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV team and was UT's nominee for the SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. He started all 55 games in centerfield and batted in the leadoff spot in 54 contests. Borbon posted 66 singles in 2006, which is currently tied for 10th on the all-time single-season record list. He added five triples, which also ranks in a tie for 10th on the single-season charts.
Borbon closed out his career with another solid campaign. He hit .345 with 60 hits, a career-best six triples, three home runs and 28 RBIs as a junior in 2007. A .355 career hitter, Borbon ranks third in UT history in triples (13), sixth in singles (173) and 10th in hits (223). His six triples in 2007 rank fourth in UT's single-season records.
He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (35th overall) of the 2007 MLB Draft. Borbon played four seasons for the Rangers - playing in the 2010 World Series - before being claimed by the Chicago Cubs. Borbon played last season with the Cubs and is now a part of the Baltimore Orioles organization after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
NOTES ON BORBON
- Full name is Julio Alberto Borbon
- Born Feb. 20, 1986, in Starkville, Miss.
- Majored in sport management at Tennessee
#5 Scott Price
2013-14 | OF/INF | 6-3 | 215 lbs. | L/R | Leesville, S.C. (Batesburg-Leesville HS)
Senior outfielder/first baseman Scott Price enters his senior season after leading the Vols with a .361 average as a junior - his first campaign at Tennessee. Price transferred to UT after playing two seasons at USC Sumter. In 2013, he appeared in 45 games, starting 44 at first base and one in right field. He posted 10 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 25 RBIs. He led the team in multiple RBI games (7), doubles, total bases (84), intentional walks (5) and putouts (372). He was also second on the team in at bats (183), hits (66) and slugging percentage (.459). Price enters the 2014 campaign on a 12-game hitting streak coming off last seasons.
He played the 2011-12 seasons at USC Sumter and earned 2012 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American accolades. Price finished his two years with the Fireants as the school's career record holder in batting average (.433) and is second all-time in hits (139), fourth in doubles (26), fifth in home runs (11) and sixth in RBIs (68).
Price graduated from Batesburg-Leesville High School, where he hit .500 with 18 RBIs and four home runs en route to 2010 all-area and all-state team honors as a senior.
NOTES ON PRICE
- Full name is Rodney Scott Price II
- Born January 9, 1992
- Majoring in psychology