Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (2/26)

Feb. 26, 2012

Feb. 26, 2012

Overall Record: 7-0
Record Last Week: 4-0

Last Week's Results

MON. 20
WED. 22
THUR. 23

This Week's Schedule
Home Game

MON. 27
TUES. 28
vs. MTSU
4 p.m.
WED. 29
FRI. 2
vs. Houston
4 p.m.
SAT. 3
vs. Texas
1 p.m.
SUN. 4
vs. Rice
1 p.m.

Player of the Week Nomination

Chris Fritts
CF - 5-9 - 180
Houston, Texas

Weekly Stats: .455 Avg., 11 AB, 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBIs, .636 SLG %, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 1 K, .647 OBP, 2-3 SB-SBA, 1.000 FLD %

Notes: Fritts paced the Tennessee offense this weekend as the Vols improved to 7-0 on the season with four wins on the week. UT's starting centerfielder, he hit .455 (5-for-11) with a team-high five RBIs and reached base in 11 of his 18 plate appearances, walking four times and getting by two pitches.

The Houston, Texas, native also stole two bases and recorded a sac bunt. His five RBIs give him a team-high 12 through the first seven games of the season, nearly matching his total of 14 in 45 games played in 2011.

The junior was 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position during the week and picked up a pair of two-out hits. He has hit safely in each of the last six games, going 8-for-20 (.400) during that stretch. For the year, Fritts is hitting .348 and has a .516 on-base percentage.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee continued its perfect start to the 2012 campaign with four wins this week, improving to 7-0 for just the second time in school history. The Vols are one win away from matching the best start in program history set in 2003 when they won eight straight to start the year. At 7-0, Tennessee is one of just 14 undefeated teams in the country and one of just nine squads without a loss and seven or more wins.

After sweeping Northern Illinois last weekend, UT returned to the diamond on Tuesday when it outlasted Western Kentucky, 8-7, in a 13-inning contest that lasted four hours and 48 minutes, the longest game a Tennessee team has ever played. Down to its last strike on two occasions, the Big Orange battled back to claim a walk-off win on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Davis Morgan.

Three days later, the Vols opened a three-game series with 2011 BIG EAST tournament champion Seton Hall with a 9-2 victory in which freshman Robbie Kidd pitched 4.1 strong innings of relief, allowing just one run on two hits, to pick up his first career victory.

On Saturday, the Orange and White clinched the series victory with another wild, walk-off triumph in extra innings. With the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th, senior Chris Pierce drew a one-out walk before coming home to score after three consecutive wild pitches.

UT then finished off the sweep on Sunday, jumping ahead early and never looking back en route to a 10-2 victory. Junior Nick Blount notched the win after throwing six innings, needing just 66 pitches to do so. Blount and three UT relievers combined to two-hit the Pirates, retiring 19 of the final 20 hitters in the game.

For the weekend, the Volunteer pitching staff posted a 1.55 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in 29.0 innings, and held Seton Hall to a .135 batting average with just 14 hits in the three games combined.

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Pitcher of the Week Nomination

Nick Blount
RHP - 6-6 - 220
Loganville, Ga.

Weekly Stats: 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 8.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, .080 Opp. BA

Notes: Blount picked up his second win of the season, tossing 6.0 innings of two-hit ball to lead the Vols to a 10-2 victory and series sweep over Seton Hall on Sunday.

The junior righthander needed just 66 pitches (47 strikes), inducing 13 groundball outs, and sat the Pirates down in order in five of his six frames of work. Helping his cause was the fact that he threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 21 batters that he faced, including each of the last seven.

Blount also twirled two innings of hitless relief, allowing just one baserunner, in Tennessee's 3-2, 13-inning victory over Western Kentucky on Tuesday. For the week, he yielded just two hits in eight innings of work, holding opposing hitters to a .080 batting average.





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