SS - 6-3 - 180
Weekly Stats: .545/.636/.583, 11 AB, 3 R, 6 AB, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 SH, 1-1 SB-SBA
Season Stats: 262/.298/.326, 84 AB, 11 R, 22 H, 3 2B, 13 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 HBP, 17 K, 4 SH, 6-7 SB-SBA
Notes: Freshman A.J. Simcox led a potent offensive attack for the Vols which pounded out 34 hits over three games against the talented Vanderbilt pitching staff.
The Knoxville native paced the squad with a .545 average, going 6-for-11 with three runs scored and two RBIs. He had a double, walked once, dropped down a pair of sacrifice bunts and stole a base while handling everything that came his way defensively at short despite playing on an extremely wet and slick surface.
Simcox had two hits in the series opener and another on Saturday before breaking out with a 3-for-4, two-RBI effort in the series finale on Sunday. He got the scoring started in that game with a two-run single in the second inning off of former high school teammate Philip Pfeifer. He also doubled, laid down a sac bunt, reached on a fielder's choice and had a single, scoring twice in a 12-8 loss.
He has seen his bat come alive in SEC play, during which he is second on the team with a .385 batting average. In nine games, Simcox is 10-for-26 with four RBIs, two doubles and four runs scored.