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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/1)



April 1, 2013



April 1, 2013
Overall Record: 13-13, 3-6 SEC
Record Last Week: 3-1, 2-1
Last Week's Results
MON. 25
TUES. 26
vs. Tenn. Tech
PPD
WED. 27
THUR. 28
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 1
TUES. 2
vs. Longwood
3 pm ET
Knoxville
WED. 3
THUR. 4
FRI. 5
vs. S. Carolina
6 pm ET
Knoxville
SAT. 6
vs. S. Carolina
12:30 pm ET
Knoxville
SUN. 7
vs. S. Carolina
2 pm ET
Knoxville
Freshman of the Week Nomination
A.J. SIMCOX
Freshman
SS - 6-3 - 180
Knoxville, Tenn.

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.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee hung tough against No. 3 Vanderbilt all weekend but couldn't quite find a way to finish off the Commodores, falling in all three games in Nashville.

The Vols' best opportunity likely came on Friday night when Zack Godley matched VU ace Kevin Ziomek pitch-for-pitch and gave them seven strong innings with eight strikeouts. UT was in the lead or tied the entire game but never delivered a knockout blow, allowing the Commodores to walk-off with a 4-3 win in 12 innings.

It was another game of missed opportunities on Saturday as the Big Orange committed three errors and left nine runners stranded in scoring position in an 8-3 Vanderbilt victory. The big blow for the Commodores came late in that game as they plated five runs in the eighth inning to break the game open late.

On Sunday, Tennessee found itself with a late lead once again, only to have a grand slam by VU's Kyle Smith propel his team to a 12-8 triumph. UT junior Scott Price paced a 16-hit attack in that contest, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk. Through the first nine SEC games, he has been the team's top hitter with a .405 average and nine RBIs.

Freshman A.J. Simcox had a strong weekend at the dish as well, hitting .545 (6-for-11) with three runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. He is second on the squad with a .385 average during league play.

Tennessee will return to Rocky Top for a four-game homestand this week, starting with a 3 p.m. contest against Longwood on Tuesday. The Vols will then welcome perennial power South Carolina to Knoxville, April 5-7. The series will open at 6 p.m. on Friday night before a 12:30 showdown on Saturday which will be televised on SportSouth. The two teams will close out the weekend at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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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