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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/10)

March 10, 2014



March 10, 2014
Overall Record: 14-1
Record Last Week: 4-1
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 10
TUES. 11
at MTSU
7 pm ET
Murfreesboro
WED. 12
THUR. 13
FRI. 14
at Missouri *
8 pm ET
Columbia
SAT. 15
at Missouri *
3 pm ET
Columbia
SUN. 16
at Missouri *
2 pm ET
Columbia
Player of the Week Nomination
NICK SENZEL
Freshman
DH - 6-1 - 205
Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: .417 (5-for-12), 4 R, 3 BB, 1 2B, 7 RBIs, 3 SB, .500 SLG %, .533 OB %

Season Stats: .405 (17-for-42), 15 R, 11 BB, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 16 RBIs, 4 SB, .595 SLG %, .527 OB %

Notes: Freshman Nick Senzel hit .417 for the week as the Vols swept La Salle in midweek action and took two of three from No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe. He was 5-for-12 at the plate with a double and four runs scored and recorded a team-high seven RBIs. The Knoxville native walked three times and was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts. Senzel is currently riding an eight-game hit streak and has reached base safely in all 14 games he's played this season. The rookie recorded an even .500 slugging percentage and a .533 on-base percentage for the week.

The Farragut grad was 1-for-2 with a three-RBI double, two runs scored and a walk against La Salle on Wednesday. He opened the Arizona State series with an RBI single on Friday, added another RBI single in the Vols' 6-5 win over the Sun Devils on Saturday and closed the series with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBIs, two runs scored and two walks against ASU. He also stole home in the finale in Tempe.

The freshman currently leads the Vols in batting average (.405), RBIs (16) and on-base percentage (.527).

Tennessee Weekly Notes

The Tennessee Volunteers continued their hot start to the 2014 campaign, sweeping an abbreviated midweek series against La Salle by a combined score of 24-2, and then taking two out of three at perennial power Arizona State over the weekend. It marks the Vols' first weekend series win over a Pac-12 team since taking two out of three against California during the 1999 campaign. The Vols are now 14-1 on the season - the best start in 105 years of baseball at the University of Tennessee.

Freshman designated hitter Nick Senzel continued the great start to his UT career by hitting .417 for the week. The Knoxville native was 5-for-12 at the plate with a double and four runs scored. Senzel recorded a team-high seven RBIs and stole three bases. The rookie is currently riding an eight-game hit streak and has reached base safely in all 14 games he's played this season. Senzel went 4-for-10 in Tempe, driving in four of the Vols' 13 runs on the weekend. Sophomore shortstop A.J. Simcox led the team with a .476 average on the week, compiling 10 hits - all singles - over 21 at-bats, scoring five runs and stealing three bases. Senzel currently leads the Vols in batting average (.405), RBIs (16) and on-base percentage (.527). Simcox has a team-high 22 hits and is tied for the team lead with five stolen bases.

The Vols got great work out of their bullpen last week, with two of the team's four wins coming from relievers. Freshman Hunter Martin went 2-0 with a spotless 0.00 ERA. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked just one over 5.2 innings pitched. Junior college transfers Josh Peterson and Bret Marks also picked up wins and did not give up any runs over a combined 8.2 innings for UT. Peterson made three appearances, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up just three hits and striking out four with no walks. Sophomore lefty Andy Cox's scoreless streak came to a stop at 15.2 frames, but the southpaw led the Vols with five appearances this week. He allowed just one run on two hits and struck out a team-high six for the week.

After dropping the series opener and suffering their first loss of the season at Arizona State on Friday, the Vols rebounded to beat the 24th-ranked Sun Devils 6-5 on Saturday and 6-4 on Sunday to take the series. UT was forced to come from behind for both wins against the Pac-12 power.

Tennessee continues its season-long seven-game road stretch when it visits Middle Tennessee on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Big Orange opens SEC play on the road at Missouri from March 14-16.

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. To purchase tickets to upcoming games, visit UTTix.com


 

 

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