Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/17)

March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014
Overall Record: 17-2, 2-1 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1
Last Week's Results
MON. 10
WED. 12
THUR. 13
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 17
TUES. 18
Austin Peay
6 pm ET
WED. 19
THUR. 20
FRI. 21
Auburn *
6 pm ET
SAT. 22
Auburn *
4 pm ET
SUN. 23
Auburn *
2 pm ET
Player of the Week Nomination
OF - 6-3 - 215
Leesville, S.C.

Weekly Stats: .333 (6-for-18), 4 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, .611 SLG %, .368 OB %

Season Stats: .310 (22-for-71), 20 R, 9 BB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 15 RBIs, 1 SB, .535 SLG %, .412 OB %

Notes: Senior outfielder Scott Price hit .333 with one triple and one home run as the Vols posted a 3-1 week and opened SEC play with two wins at Missouri. The Leesville, S.C., native was tied for a team high with six hits and scored a team-best four runs last week. Price added two RBIs while slugging .611. He recorded two multi-hit games at Mizzou.

Price is currently riding a five-game hitting streak and leads the team with three home runs after his blast to right center over the weekend. The Vols' leadoff batter has scored a team-high 20 runs this season.

Freshman of the Week Nomination
DH - 6-1 - 205
Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: .357 (5-for-14), 2 R, 3 RBIs, 1 SB, .357 SLG %, .400 OB %

Season Stats: .393 (22-for-56), 17 R, 11 BB, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 19 RBIs, 5 SB, .536 SLG %, .500 OB %

Notes: Freshman designated hitter Nick Senzel - the defending SEC Player of the Week - hit .357 (5-for-14) for the week as the Vols beat Middle Tennessee in midweek action and rallied to sweep a Saturday doubleheader at Missouri to open the SEC schedule. Senzel tied for the team lead with three RBIs last week, scored two runs and stole one base. The Knoxville native went 2-for-4 in both games with a combined three RBIs in the Vols' two wins at Mizzou on Saturday.

The freshman has now reached base safely in all 18 games he's played this season and currently leads the team with a .393 and .500 on-base percentage.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

For the second-consecutive week, the Tennessee Volunteers bounced back from a Friday night loss to win the final two games of a weekend series, sweeping Saturday's doubleheader at Missouri to take their opening series of Southeastern Conference action. Following a 2-0 midweek win at Middle Tennessee, the Vols traveled to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Tigers. Mizzou took the series opener, 5-2, but UT rebounded to post 5-1 and 4-1 victories on Saturday. The Vols allowed just seven runs all week to improve to 17-2 on the season. UT has won all five weekend series this season and all four midweek games. The Vols concluded a season-long seven-game, nine-day road swing with a 5-2 record, including series wins over then-No. 24 Arizona State and Mizzou.

Entering the week averaging 7.7 runs per game, the Vols struggled to get the offense going, but still came away with three wins in four games this week. Sophomore Christin Stewart led the way with an even .400 average, picking up six hits on the week. Senior Scott Price also notched six hits for the Vols, driving in a team-high tying three runs off a triple and a home run and scoring a team-best four. Freshman standout Nick Senzel - the reigning SEC Player of the Week - hit .357 with five singles and three RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Vincent Jackson was also over the .300 mark, going 5-for-15 at the dish with a pair of doubles.

Senior right-handed pitcher Nick Williams had a tremendous outing on Friday but didn't get the help from his offense. The Knoxville native pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and walking only one Missouri Tiger. Relief pitchers Andy Cox and Drake Owenby picked up the wins on Saturday. Cox worked out of two bases-loaded jams over 3 1/3 innings of work. Owenby allowed just two hits over his 3 1/3 innings. Cox now leads the team in ERA (0.64), wins (3) and appearances (11). Owenby is 2-0 on the season with a team-leading four saves.

Tennessee returns home for the first time since March 5 to take on Austin Peay in a midweek tilt on Tuesday, March 18 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET. The Vols continue SEC play this weekend at home against Auburn from March 21-23. Game times are set for 6 p.m., 4 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively. Saturday's 4 p.m. matchup will be televised on CSS and will be available on ESPN3/WatchESPN.

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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