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Through the Lens: Baseball Opening Day



Feb. 20, 2012


Relive the opening day of the 2012 Tennessee baseball season through the lens of UT photographer Wade Rackley. Follow the timeline below for a blow-by-blow account of the day's events.

7:01 AM ET The First to Arrive


Parking attendant Patrick Webber was the first to arrive at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Opening Day, opening the gate for the parking lot at 7 a.m.


7:51 AM ET Just because it is gameday, doesn't mean class is cancelled


Seniors Zach Osborne and Wes Walker walk to their 8 a.m. class in the Humanities Building.


8:04 AM ET Lone Mower


A member of the grounds crew mows the field in preparation for the afternoon's season opener.


8:22 AM ET Down the Line


A look down the left-field line early Friday morning.


8:24 AM ET Blue Skies, Orange Foul Pole


The new orange foul poles are one of the many new additions that give Lindsey Nelson Stadium a unique look.


8:41 AM ET Finishing Touches


The finishing touches being applied to Lindsey Nelson Stadium as new banners, created by Project Phantom, are hung outside the stadium.


9:05 AM ET Andy and Alison in the Morning


Coach Serrano joins Andy and Alison on the WIVK morning show.


9:45 AM ET Win the Next Pitch


More work from Project Phantom as they work on a wall mural on The Strip


10:52 AM ET Everything is ready to go


The lockers are fully equipped and ready for the team to arrive for the afternoon contest.


1:40 PM ET Getting his hands dirty


UT manager Matt McCoy gets his hands dirty as he rubs the game balls down with a special rubbing mud.


2:00 PM ET First fan through the gates


Paul Steckenrider, the father of UT's opening day starter Drew Steckenrider, is the first fan through the gates of Lindsey Nelson Stadium in 2012.


2:06 PM ET First hot dog sold


It doesn't take long for the first hot dog to be sold after the gates open.


2:17 PM ET View from The Porch


Some of the first fans to enter the stadium in 2012 take in the view from The Porch in left field.


2:33 PM ET Taking some hacks


Senior shortstop Zach Osborne takes some hacks in pregame batting practice.


3:31 PM ET Chalking the lines


With batting practice complete for both teams, the grounds crew begins chalking the lines for the game.


3:36 PM ET Bergeron talks them up


Associate head coach Greg Bergeron talks with a few members of the team before the game.


3:41 PM ET Getting the batter's box ready


Supervised by Jimmy Andes, members of the grounds crew measure out and chalk the batter's box.


3:55 PM ET Coaches meeting


Coach Serrano shakes hands with NIU head coach Ed Mathey in the pre-game coaches meeting at home plate.


4:00 PM ET National Anthem


The team lines up down the first-base line for the national anthem.


4:07 PM ET First Out


Senior Davis Morgan squeezes a pop-up to first for the first out of the 2012 season.


4:14 PM ET First Tennessee Batter is Plunked


Junior Zach Luther is the first Tennessee batter of the season and gets hit by a pitch.


5:11 PM ET He's Safe!


Senior Wes Walker slides in safely at home following a double by freshman Jared Allen in the fifth inning.


5:30 PM ET Record-Breaking Crowd


A school-record for opening day 2,812 fans were on hand for Friday's contest.


5:42 PM ET Osborne at the Plate


Senior Zach Osborne steps up to the plate with Zach Luther on third base in the seventh inning.


5:58 PM ET Touch 'em All!


Junior Drew Steckenrider rounds the bases after launching a solo home run, the second of his career, in the eighth inning.


6:23 PM ET Vols Win!


The Vols congratulate their teammates in the postgame handshake line after finishing off a 7-1 victory.


6:41 PM ET Serrano meets the media


Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano meets with the media following his team's win.


6:55 PM ET Scoreboard says it all


The scoreboard in right field provides the line score for the Volunteer victory.


7:21 PM ET Let's do it again tomorrow!


The grounds crew tarps the field and prepares it for a Saturday doubleheader.



 

 

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