1B - 6-3 - 215
Weekly Stats:.474, .526 SLG, .500 OBP, 19 AB, 2 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
Notes: In his first weekend as a Vol, junior Scott Price made a great first impression, leading Tennessee with a .474 average at the plate.
Over the course of the four-game series at UNLV, the junior college transfer from USC Sumter was 9-for-19 with a double, and RBI and a stolen base. He got the 2013 season started with a bang, going a perfect 5-for-5 in his UT debut on Friday night with four singles and a double. That marked the first five-hit performance by a Vol since both Matt Duffy and P.J. Polk accomplished the feat in the same game against Georgia in 2010.
Price also played extremely well defensively at first base over the weekend, making a number of good plays, including starting one of the team's two double plays by snagging a hard-hit line drive and doubling up the runner at second.
1B - 6-3 - 215
Weekly Stats:.400, .800 SLG, .500 OBP, 15 AB, 6 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 3 BB, 5 K
Notes: One of 14 true freshmen to make his collegiate debut for Tennessee over the weekend, Christin Stewart led them all offensively, hitting .400 with three of the team's six extra-base hits over the four-game series at UNLV.
The outfielder from Lawrenceville, Ga., was 6-for-15 with a double, a triple and UT's only home run. He also led the squad with six runs scored, four RBIs, three walks, an .800 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage.
Stewart opened his collegiate career with a 2-for-4, three-RBI effort on Friday night, scoring two runs, walking once and hitting a home run to right during the sixth inning of UT's 10-9 loss. He then went 1-for-1 with two runs scored and two walks in the Orange and White's 8-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader the following morning.
After getting another hit and an RBI in the nightcap, Stewart finished out the weekend by going 2-for-6 with a triple and a run scored during UT's 14-inning loss in the series finale. He was one of just two true freshman, joining shortstop A.J. Simcox, to start all four contests over the weekend for the Big Orange.
Tennessee Weekly Notes
Tennessee opened the 2013 campaign in Las Vegas this past weekend, going 1-3 in a four-game set against UNLV, with all three losses coming by a single run, including a 14-inning defeat in the series finale.
The trip was a valuable learning experience for a new-look Volunteeer squad. In all, 17 different players saw their first action in the Orange and White over the weekend, including 14 true freshmen making their collegiate debuts.
Of those 14 freshmen, three were starting pitchers and seven others started at least two games in the field. The Vols had a school-record tying five true freshmen in the starting lineup for the season opener, matching the previous mark set on Opening Day of the 1989 campaign.
Junior college transfer Scott Price, a first baseman from USC Sumter, led the charge for the Big Orange at the plate, hitting at a blistering .474 clip with nine hits in 19 at-bats. He got his UT career off to a rocking start, going a perfect 5-for-5 against the Rebels in the season opener. That marked the first time a Vol had five hits in a single contest since both Matt Duffy and P.J. Polk accomplished the feat in the same against Georgia in 2010.
Freshman outfielder Christin Stewart also impressed, hitting a cool .400 (6-for-15) with a team-leading four RBIs, three walks, a double, a triple and the squad's only home run of the weekend.
As a team, Tennessee actually out-scored UNLV for the weekend, 23-21, but could only come away with the one win, claiming an 8-3 triumph in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Rebels, meanwhile, won the season opener, 10-9, the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader, 5-4, and a 14-inning contest in the series finale, 3-2.
Sunday's game was the second 14-inning contest in the last two years for the Big Orange, as it also played one on April 21 last year at Mississippi State. It was just the sixth game of that length or longer in school history though with the others coming in 1952, 1953, 1996 and 1999.
Tennessee will next return to Rocky Top where it will open the home portion of its schedule, Feb. 22-24, when Arizona State makes the trek to Knoxville. First pitch for the home opener on Friday is set for 5 p.m. at Lindsey Nelson Stadium with Saturday and Sunday's contest scheduled for 1 p.m. starts.
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