Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/24)

March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014
Overall Record: 19-4, 3-3 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 17
WED. 19
THUR. 20
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 24
TUES. 25
WED. 26
THUR. 27
FRI. 28
at S. Carolina *
7 pm ET
SAT. 29
at S. Carolina *
4 pm ET
SUN. 30
at S. Carolina *
1:30 pm ET
Player of the Week Nomination
OF/1B - 6-3 - 215
Leesville, S.C.

Weekly Stats: .500 (9-for-18), 1 R, 5 RBIs, 3 2B, 1 3B, .778 SLG %, .550 OB %

Season Stats: .348 (32-for-89), 21 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, .584 SLG%, .438 OB%

Notes: Senior Scott Price hit an even .500 with a team-high three doubles, one triple and five RBIs on the week. Price led the Vols with nine hits on 18 at-bats over four games, while slugging .778, walking twice and recording a .550 on-base percentage. He hit .462 (6-for-13) against Auburn on the weekend and had at least two hits in all four games this week, including a 3-for-5, two-RBI effort against Austin Peay on Tuesday. The Leesville, S.C., native concluded the series with Auburn with a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance with a triple in the Vols' 8-6 win on Sunday.

Price currently leads the Vols with 10 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games. He's riding a nine-game hit streak, where he's hitting .415 (17-for-41) with four doubles, two triples, a home run and seven RBIs during the stretch. He's sporting a team-best .683 slugging percentage and .455 on-base clip during the hitting streak.

He ranks second on the team with a .348 average, leads Tennessee with 31 hits and eight doubles and is tied for the team lead with eight doubles and three home runs.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

For the first time all season, Tennessee dropped back-to-back games and lost a series as Auburn came to Knoxville and took two out of three over the weekend. The Vols salvaged their SEC home opening series by closing it with an 8-6 win on Sunday to cap a 2-2 week. UT also walked off an 8-7 winner in the 12th inning against Austin Peay on Tuesday, the Vols' second extra-inning walk-off win this season. Auburn took the series opener, 3-2, on Friday and won Saturday's matchup by a narrow 4-2 margin. Tennessee is now 19-4 on the season, including a 3-3 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Vols are 14-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium this season.

The Vols struggled to get the bats going early in the Auburn series, but delivered plenty of clutch hits on Sunday against the Tigers to salvage the series with a win. Tennessee scored seven of its eight runs and hit .533 (8-for-15) with two outs in the finale. UT scored five of its eight runs in the first three frames and its first seven runs with two down. The Vols have outscored its opponents 62-18 over the first three innings this season.

Upperclassmen Scott Price and Will Maddox led the Vols on the week, hitting .500 and .545, respectively. Price led the Vols with nine hits and five RBIs, including three doubles and his team-high tying third triple. Maddox was 6-for-11 with a team-high five runs this week. Taylor Smart and Christin Stewart each added six hits. Stewart hit the Vols' lone homer this week and is now tied for the team most with three dingers.

Freshman right-hander Hunter Martin kept the Vols in the game against Auburn on Saturday, allowing two runs over six innings, and sophomore starter Andrew Lee picked up his third win of the season on Sunday. With support from his offense, Lee gave up four runs and struck out four over six innings. Senior Nick Williams had his longest outing of the season on Friday, tossing eight innings, but he didn't get the offense's support as the Vols fell 3-2. Sophomore closer Drake Owenby picked up his team-leading fifth save on Sunday, getting the final two outs of the weekend for UT.

With no midweek contest this week, the Vols return to the road for their second road SEC series of the season over the weekend. Tennessee heads to Columbia, S.C., for a three-game set with South Carolina. First pitch for the Orange and White and Gamecocks is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28 at Carolina Stadium.

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