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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/19)



March 19, 2012



March 19, 2012
Overall Record: 11-8
Record Last Week: 1-3
Last Week's Results
MON. 12
WED. 14
THUR. 15
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 19
TUES. 20
WED. 21
vs. FIU
7 p.m.
Knoxville
THUR. 22
FRI. 23
vs. Kentucky
6 p.m.
Knoxville
SAT. 24
vs. Kentucky
4 p.m.
Knoxville
SUN. 25
vs. Kentucky
2 p.m.
Knoxville
Player of the Week Nomination
Davis Morgan
SENIOR
1B - 6-1 - 225
Overland Park, Kansas

Weekly Stats:.462 Avg., 13 AB, 1 runs, 6 hits, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .692 SLG %, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 2 K, .533 OBP, 0-0 SB-SBA

Notes: Senior Davis Morgan paced the Vols offensively last week, going 6-for-11 (.545) during Tennessee's SEC-opening series at No. 19 Georgia.

After recording just one hit in February, the Overland Park, Kansas, native has taken off in March, hitting .444 with six RBIs through the first 10 games of the month to up his batting average to .325 on the season.

Morgan opened the weekend in Athens with his first career three-hit performance and followed that up with another multi-hit effort and an RBI on Saturday. His biggest blow, however, came in the series finale when he broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning with a two-run home run off of Georgia starter Michael Palazzone. It was Morgan's second career home run with the other coming off of Palazzone last season as well.

The blast proved more than enough to lead the Vols to victory as they shut out the Bulldogs, 3-0, to pick up their first SEC victory of the season.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

After a rough start to the week, Tennessee got back to its winning ways on Sunday, taking advantage of six shutout innings from sophomore Nick Williams in his first career start and a two-run home run by senior Davis Morgan to blank No. 19 Georgia, 3-0, on the road in Athens.

The win not only snapped a five-game UT skid, it also gave the Vols their first SEC triumph of the season and marked the 300th career win for UT skipper Dave Serrano whose overall record in eight seasons as a Division I head coach now stands at 300-147-1 (.670).

The win was Tennessee's second over a ranked team this season as it also defeated then No. 16 Texas at the Houston College Classic on March 3.

Morgan was terrific at the plate all weekend, going 6-for-11 (.545) in the SEC-opening series in Athens, including his first career three-hit performance in Friday's contest. His home run on Sunday was his first of the season and second of his career, both of which have come off of Bulldog starting pitcher Michael Palazzone.

Also posting a solid offensive effort for the Big Orange last week was freshman Will Maddox who had a pair of three-hit contests, the first of his career. Both Morgan and Maddox have been on a tear in the month of March, hitting .444 and .410, respectively.

Tennessee (11-8, 1-2 SEC) will return to Rocky Top to open a 10-game homestand against Florida International at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

Following that contest, the Orange and White will host three contests against the nation's only undefeated team, No. 20 Kentucky which is currently 21-0 and coming off a three-game sweep over two-time defending national champion South Carolina.

First pitch against the Wildcats is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.

Player of the Week Nomination

Nick Williams
FRESHMAN
RHP - 6-3 - 245
Bamberg, S.C.

Weekly Stats:1-0, 1.35 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, .160 Opp. BA, 0.95 WHIP

Notes: Sophomore Nick Williams made the first start of his collegiate career at No. 19 Georgia on Sunday and passed the test with flying colors, firing six shutout innings while allowing just two hits and four baserunners total, none of which advanced past first base, to lead the Vols to a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs.

Previously the team's closer with three saves already this season, Williams answered the bell on Sunday to help UT snap a four-game skid and give head coach Dave Serrano his 300th career victory as a Division I head coach.

The Knoxville native doubled his previous career high in innings pitched with his six scoreless frames and tied his personal best for strikeouts with five. In addition to the two singles he also walked one batter and hit another. That was it though as the Vols held Georgia scoreless for just the second time this season.

The win was Williams' second of the season as he evened his record at 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.05.


 

 

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