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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/25)



March 25, 2013



March 24, 2013
Overall Record: 13-10, 3-3 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 2-1
Last Week's Results
MON. 18
TUES. 19
THUR. 21
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 25
TUES. 26
vs. Tenn. Tech
6 pm ET
Knoxville
WED. 27
THUR. 28
FRI. 29
at Vanderbilt
7:30 pm ET
Nashville
SAT. 30
at Vanderbilt
7 pm ET
Nashville
SUN. 31
at Vanderbilt
2 pm ET
Nashville
Pitcher of the Week Nomination
ZACK GODLEY
Senior
RHP - 6-3 - 245
Bamberg, S.C.

Weekly Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 K

Season Stats: 2-2, 2.98 ERA, 6 G, 6 GS, 1 CG, 42.1 IP, 36 H, 19 R, 14 ER, 17 BB, 39 K, .231 Opp. BA

Notes: Senior right-hander Zack Godley fired Tennessee's first complete-game shutout since 2006, blanking Missouri in the series opener on Friday, 4-0. The Bamberg, S.C., native finished with eight strikeouts (VIDEO) and scattered five hits as he evened his record at 2-2 for the year.

The last UT pitcher to throw a nine-inning shutout was Craig Cobb in a 19-0 win over LSU on April 8, 2006. Godley's victory set the tone for the Vols as they won their first SEC series of the year.

The complete game was the first of Godley's career and the first by a UT pitcher this year. He has now worked at least seven innings in four of his six starts this season with 42.1 total frames to his credit to date. He has allowed just 36 hits while striking out 39 and holding opposing hitters to a .231 batting average this season.

Player of the Week Nomination
PIERCE BILY
Junior
CF - 6-0 - 185
Anaheim, Calif.

Weekly Stats: .533/.533/.563, 15 AB, 3 R, 8 AB, 5 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SH, 1-1 SB-SBA

Season Stats: .338/.400/.450, 65 AB, 18 R, 22 H, 4 2B, 14 RBIs, 9 BB, 5 HBP, 12 K, 1 SF, 3 SH, 6-8 SB-SBAA

Notes: Junior Pierce Bily handed Tennessee its first SEC series victory of the season with a walk-off single (VIDEO) in the first game of a doubleheader against Missouri on Saturday. That was one of eight hits on the week for the Anaheim, Calif., product who led the Vols with a .533 batting average in leading them to three wins in four games.

UT's starting centerfielder, Bily finished 8-for-15 on the week, scoring three runs, driving in five others and stealing a base. He is now hitting .338 for the year and ranks second on the Orange and White squad with 14 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee won three of its four games last week, including taking the first two games against Missouri to win its first Southeastern Conference series of the year and improve to 13-10 overall, 3-3 in league play.

The Vols got the week started with a bang, pounding out nine two-out runs in the third inning against Western Carolina on Wednesday en route to doubling up the Catamounts, 10-5. During that monster two-out rally, UT had 10 consecutive batters reach base, including nine hits.

In the series opener against Missouri on Friday, the Big Orange got the job done with pitching as senior Zack Godley fired the program's first complete-game shutout since 2006 to lead his squad to a 4-0 victory. The Bamberg, S.C., native struck out eight (VIDEO-Eight Ks) while scattering five hits and leaving eight Tigers stranded on base during the contest.

Before Godley's gem, the last UT pitcher to throw a nine-inning shutout was Craig Cobb in a 19-0 win over LSU on April 8, 2006.

With rain forecasted for much of Sunday, the two teams closed out the series with a doubleheader on Saturday. Missouri actually jumped ahead early in the first game of the day and took a one-run lead into the bottom of the ninth but Tennessee rallied for a dramatic, 7-6, series-clinching victory with two runs in the final frame. Sophomore Parker Wormsley tied the game with a safety squeeze before junior Pierce Bily gave the Orange and White a walk-off win with an RBI single to left-center (VIDEO-Walk-off single).

For Bily, the hit was his seventh in the first three games of the week as he had already posted three-hit efforts against Western Carolina and in the series opener against the Tigers. For the week, the Anaheim, Calif., native led Tennessee with a .533 batting average (8-for-15) with three runs scored, five RBIs and a stolen base. He is now hitting .338 for the year and ranks second on the UT squad with 14 RBIs and six stolen bases.

Although Missouri would claim the series finale, 14-6, the Vols had already won their first SEC series since sweeping Alabama last year. By the end of the day Saturday, three different Tennessee players - Vincent Jackson, Scott Price and Ethan Bennett - hit home runs during the doubleheader, more than doubling their season total which had been two entering the day.

Tennessee will close out a five-game home stand with a 6 p.m. contest against Tennessee Tech on Tuesday before hitting the road to take on in-state rival and No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt this weekend in Nashville. The series will open at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday before a 7 p.m. ET game on Saturday and 2 p.m. ET contest on Sunday. Saturday's showdown with the Commodores will be televised on CSS.

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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