March 18, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Former Vol captain and current television analyst Rusty Ensor will be the guest speaker at this week's Tennessee Baseball Luncheon, set to be held at noon on Thursday, March 21, in the MVP Club Room at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person with UT Bullpen Club members receiving a $5 discount. Those who attend will also receive a sneak peek of UT's game plan for its upcoming series against SEC newcomer Missouri and hear from Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano as he gives an update on the season. To RSVP, contact Rachel Miller at (865) 974-9001.
Ensor, who was the captain of the first team under head coach John Whited who passed away last week, played at Tennessee from 1981-82 and quickly established himself as one of the top sluggers in school history, earning All-SEC Eastern Division honors in his first year at Rocky Top after transferring from Motlow State Community College.
In 93 career games for the Vols, Ensor hit at a .330 clip with 29 home runs, 18 doubles and 84 RBIs. His 29 home runs still rank as the ninth-most in school history, while his career slugging percentage of .676 places him fourth.
The Knoxville native is one of just four Vols to ever hit three home runs in a single game, doing so in the first game of a doubleheader against Vanderbilt on March 2, 1981. He hit another in the nightcap and two more the following day to finish with five home runs and 13 RBIs in that series against the Commodores.
In its first year under Whited, Ensor led Tennessee to a 29-17 record and a second-place finish in the SEC Eastern Division, topping the squad in batting average (.340), hits (55) and home runs (13). That came a year after he hit .320 with team-leading totals of 49 RBIs and 16 longballs in 1981. His 16 home runs that season still rank as the seventh-most in a single season by a Vol.
Ensor would earn 1982 SEC All-Tournament Team honors after helping the Big Orange claim wins over Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida.
A color analyst for SEC baseball games on SportSouth and CSS, Ensor continues to reside in Knoxville and is currently one of the top real estate brokers in the area.