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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (2/24)

Feb. 24, 2013



February 24, 2013
Overall Record: 2-5
Record Last Week: 1-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 18
TUES. 19
WED. 20
THUR. 21
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 25
TUES. 26
vs. ETSU
3 pm ET
Knoxville
WED. 27
THUR. 28
FRI. 1
vs. Notre Dame
6:30 pm ET
Cary, N.C.
SAT. 2
vs. UMass
3 pm ET
Cary, N.C.
SUN. 3
vs. Va. Tech
12 pm ET
Cary, N.C.
Player of the Week Nomination
WILL MADDOX
Sophomore
3B - 5-11 - 180
Gainesville, Ga.

Weekly Stats:.364, .455 SLG, .462 OBP, 11 AB, 3 R, 4 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 5 K, 1 SB

Season Stats:.344, .375 SLG, .382 OBP, 32 AB, 7 R, 11 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 SBB

Notes: Sophomore Will Maddox posted a pair of multi-hit performances against 20th-ranked Arizona State over the weekend, going 4-for-11 overall with a team-high three runs scored, a pair of RBIs and a stolen base.

After being held hitless in the series opener, the Gainesville, Ga., native broke through on Saturday, reaching base four times in five plate appearances. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an HBP, two runs scored and two RBIs in UT's 11-2 victory over the Sun Devils.

Maddox then followed that up with a 2-for-4 effort on Sunday, scoring the team's only run in addition to doubling off of the right-field wall and stealing a base. Through two weekends of play, he is hitting at a .344 clip, which ranks second on the squad.

DRAKE OWENBY
Freshman
LHP - 6-2 - 225
Powell, Tenn.

Weekly Stats:1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, .133 Opp. BA K

Season Stats:1-0, 3.86 ERA, 2 G, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, .241 Opp. BA

Notes:One of 14 true freshmen to make his collegiate debut for Tennessee this season, including seven different pitchers, Drake Owenby came out of the bullpen to hold No. 20 Arizona State in check for four shutout innings as the Vols defeated the Sun Devils, 11-2, on Saturday.

The 6-2 southpaw from nearby Powell, Tenn., held ASU to just two hits and struck out a pair to record his first career victory. The win was the first for UT over a ranked opponent this season after defeating five nationally-rated squads a year ago.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee opened the home portion of its 2013 schedule this weekend by hosting No. 20 Arizona State for a three-game series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

After suffering a 4-0 loss to the Sun Devils on Friday, the Volunteers bounced back in a big way on Saturday, evening the series with a convincing 11-2 victory. ASU then held off an attempt at a ninth-inning rally by UT to close out the weekend with a 5-1 triumph in the series finale.

In addition to picking up the win on Saturday, the Vols also welcomed the one millionth fan to Lindsey Nelson Stadium when UT fan Donna Tilley clicked the turnstile. She was one of 6,508 fans to watch the Big Orange take on Arizona State this weekend, setting a new school record for the highest attended home-opening series. That mark breaks the previous record of 6,111 set against Milwaukee in 2011.

On the field, sophomore Will Maddox was the team's top performer at the plate, hitting .364 with a pair of RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. The Gainesville, Ga., native reached base in nearly half of his plate appearances with four hits, a walk and an HBP. On the mound, freshman Drake Owenby picked up his first collegiate victory with four shutout innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. He paced a pitching staff that held the Sun Devils to a .206 batting average for the weekend. ASU's success came in sudden bursts with seven of its 11 runs coming on just three home run swings.

Despite its 2-5 start to the season, Tennessee has actually outscored its opponents in both series (UNLV 23-21, Arizona State 12-11) and for the season (35-32). Also demonstrating the fine line the Vols have walked this year is the fact that in each of their losses, they have either had the tying run on base or at the plate or lost on a walk-off in extra innings.

Tennessee will look to return to the win column on Tuesday when in-state rival ETSU makes the trip to Rocky Top for a 3 p.m. contest. Following that game, the Vols will travel to Cary, N.C., to take part in the 2013 USA Baseball Irish Classic at the National Training Complex, March 1-3. The Big Orange will take on Notre Dame at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and Massachusetts at 3 p.m. on Saturday before closing out the weekend with a noon showdown against Virginia Tech on Sunday.

For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/Baseball, follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter and like the Vols at Facebook.com/VolBaseball.


 

 

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