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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (3/31)

March 31, 2014



March 31, 2014
Overall Record: 19-7, 3-6 SEC
Record Last Week: 0-3
Last Week's Results
MON. 24
TUES. 25
WED. 26
THUR. 27
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 31
TUES. 1
ETSU
6 p.m. ET
Knoxville
WED. 2
THUR. 3
FRI. 4
Vanderbilt *
6 p.m. ET
Knoxville
SAT. 5
Vanderbilt *
7 p.m. ET
Knoxville
SUN. 6
Vanderbilt *
2 p.m. ET
Knoxville
Player of the Week Nomination
TAYLOR SMART
Senior
INF - 5-11 - 180
Maple Valley, Wash.

Weekly Stats: .417 (5-for-12), 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B, .500 SLG %, .462 OB %

Season Stats: .348 (31-for-89), 17 R, 5 2B, 12 RBIs, 3 SBs, 12 BBs, .404 SLG%, .437 OB%

Notes: Infielder Taylor Smart continued his stellar senior campaign with a team-high five hits over the three-game series at No. 2 South Carolina. Smart hit .417 for the weekend, going 5-for-12 at the plate with a RBI double. He scored two runs, walked once, laid down a sac bunt and made seven assists from the hot corner.

Smart had a pair of multi-hit games against the Gamecocks, bringing his season total to nine, which is tied for second on the team. He was 2-for-5 in the 14-inning opener, 2-for-3 with a RBI double in game two and 1-for-4 in the finale.

Smart's weekend bumped his average up to a team-high .348 (31-for-89). He's scored 17 runs this season and has five extra-base hits (all doubles). The Maple Valley, Wash., native has been clutch for the Vols in 2014, delivering two walk-off singles to lead to extra-inning victories.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

The Tennessee Volunteers suffered their first series sweep of the season last week, losing three games to the No. 2 South Carolina Gamecocks on the road. The Gamecocks beat the Vols in the opening game on a 14th-inning walk-off home run, and then rallied in the ninth inning of game two to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Down by as many as six runs in the game, South Carolina scored six runs with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the series. South Carolina's Grayson Greiner delivered a walk-off grand slam to secure the 9-6 victory. The Gamecocks also handed Tennessee its first shutout of the season on Sunday, besting the Vols by an 8-0 margin. UT dropped to 19-7 overall and 3-6 in SEC play with the series sweep.

Senior infielder Taylor Smart had a good offensive weekend for the Vols, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with a team-high five hits. The Maple Valley, Wash., native scored two runs and had a RBI double. Junior Johnny Youngblood was 3-for-6 in the series with three bunt singles and senior Scott Price led the Vols with two RBIs.

Senior right-hander Nick Williams pitched well to open the series on Friday night. Williams gave up just two runs and struck out five over 7 2/3 innings. Friday night's game was delayed at the start by 1-hour and 15-minutes. The teams were able to play 11 innings before the rain fell again, forcing the 2-2 tie to be resumed on Saturday. Freshman righty Hunter Martin allowed one earned run and struck out a career-best five over 5 1/3 frames to open game two action on Saturday.

The Orange and White hosts two in-state foes this week, as the Vols welcome ETSU to Knoxville on Tuesday night, and host SEC rival Vanderbilt for a three-game set over the weekend from April 4-6. First pitch on Friday is slated for 6 p.m. ET. Saturday's game against the Commodores is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET start and will be aired live on CSS. Sunday's finale is slated for 2 p.m.

For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/Baseball, follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter and Instagram at @Vol_Baseball, and like the Vols at Facebook.com/VolBaseball. To purchase tickets to upcoming games, visit UTTix.com


 

 

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