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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/9)



April 9, 2012



April 9, 2012
Overall Record: 22-12, 6-6 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 2
TUES. 3
THUR. 5
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 9
TUES. 10
WED. 11
at ETSU
7 p.m.
Johnson City
THUR. 12
FRI. 13
vs. Florida
6 p.m.
Knoxville
SAT. 14
vs. Florida
3 p.m.
Knoxville
SUN. 15
vs. Florida
2 p.m.
Knoxville
Player of the Week Nomination
WILL MADDOX
FRESHMAN
2B - 5-11 - 180
Gainesville, Ga.

Weekly Stats:.375, 4 G, 16 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, .625 SLG, .444 OBP

Season Stats:.308, 32 G, 117 AB, 20 R, 36 H, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, .385 SLG, .386 OBP

Notes: Maddox hit .375 and accounted for six of Tennessee's 13 runs scored on the week, crossing the plate four times and driving in two others.

He was 6-for-14 overall with a pair of doubles and his first career triple. The freshman leadoff hitter opened the week with back-to-back multi-hit efforts, going 3-for-4 against Memphis and 2-for-4 in UT's first win over South Carolina since 2009.

In that 5-4 victory over the Gamecocks, Maddox also reached on a hit by pitch and stole is sixth base of the season. The following day, the Vol second baseman opened the contest with a leadoff triple down the left-field line, the first of his career, before coming home to score what would be the team's only run of the game just moments later on an RBI groundout.

For the season, Maddox leads the Tennessee squad with a .308 batting average, 117 at-bats and 36 hits.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee split its four contests this week, winning its first two games to run its winning streak to seven before dropping the final two in its series at No. 10 South Carolina.

After sweeping Alabama and winning two mid-week games against MVSU last week, the Volunteers kicked this week's action off with a 6-3 win over Memphis in the first meeting between the two squads since 1995.

Tennessee then traveled to the Palmetto State two days later, where it picked up its first win over South Carolina since 2009, downing the 10th-ranked Gamecocks, 5-4, in a rollercoaster contest that featured four lead changes. With the score tied at 4-4 going into the ninth, the Vols took advantage of a throwing error on a popped-up bunt to score the eventual game-winning run. The win was UT's fourth over a ranked squad this season as it has also defeated No. 16 Texas, No. 2 Kentucky and No. 19 Georgia.

Junior Nick Blount came on in the ninth inning of both wins to record saves, running his streak to seven consecutive games with a save. That run would come to an end with UT's losses the next two days, however. During the streak, Blount did not walk or hit a batter while striking out seven in 8.1 shutout innings. The seven saves in that stretch alone would rank as the sixth-most in a single season in school history. As it is, he has eight on the year which places him in a tie for fifth. Todd Helton holds the school record with 12 in 1995.

The Gamecocks snapped Tennessee's seven-game winning streak on Saturday, using a walk-off single to sneak away with a 2-1 win before four unearned runs in a single inning doomed the Vols in the series finale on Easter Sunday.

Junior Drew Steckenrider did a little bit of everything for the Big Orange against the Gamecocks, hitting a clutch, two-run home run, his team-leading fifth of the season, and striking out six in 2.1 innings of relief to pick up the win in Friday night's contest. He then added four more punchouts in 2.2 frames in the series finale, giving him 10 strikeouts in 5.0 total innings on the weekend.

Fellow classmate Chris Fritts also hit a home run against South Carolina, launching his second longball of the year to account for UT's only run on Sunday.

Freshman Will Maddox was the team's top hitter on the week, going 6-for-14 (.375) with four runs scored and two RBIs in the four games.

Senior Zach Osborne continued to make his way up the Tennessee career games played chart, upping his total to 193 in his four-year stint at Rocky Top to move past Brandon Hopkins (1999-2002) for seventh all-time. He also cracked the top-10 for career at-bats, jumping Jeff Pickler (1996-98) and Justin Parker (1998-2001) into the ninth spot on the list with 699. Just the 15th player in school history with 200 career hits, Osborne needs just 14 more to crack the top 10 on that list as well.

Tennessee will continue its road swing with a Wednesday night contest at in-state rival ETSU in Johnson City at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night before returning home to host top-ranked Florida next weekend. First pitch for the series opener is set for 6 p.m. on Friday. SportSouth will then televise Saturday's contest at 3 p.m. before the Gators and Vols close things out at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.


 

 

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