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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/14)

April 14, 2014



April 14, 2014
Overall Record: 23-11, 6-9 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 7
WED. 9
SUN. 13
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 14
TUES. 15
vs. Va. Tech
6 p.m. ET
Salem, Va.
WED. 16
THUR. 17
FRI. 18
Alabama *
6 p.m. ET
Knoxville
SAT. 19
Alabama *
4 p.m. ET
Knoxville
SUN. 20
Alabama *
2 p.m. ET
Knoxville
Freshman of the Week Nomination
NICK SENZEL
Freshman
DH/INF - 6-1 - 205
Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: .438 (7-for-16), 2 R, 6 RBIs, 2 2B, .563 SLG %, .471 OB %

Season Stats: .327 (35-for-107), 26 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 27 RBIs, .430 SLG%, .443 OB%

Notes: Freshman designated hitter and Knoxville native Nick Senzel continued the outstanding start to his Tennessee career by hitting .438 (7-for-16) for the week. Senzel led the team with six RBIs, including four against Georgia, and tied a team high with two doubles for the week. He hit two doubles and scored two runs.

The rookie has reached base in 32-of-33 games he's played this season. Senzel slugged .563 and finished the week with an on-base percentage of .471.

He opened the week with a 2-for-4, two RBI performance in a dominating 10-1 win over Tennessee Tech on Tuesday. Senzel added two more hits in the Vols' series opening win over the Bulldogs on Friday and closed the series with a 2-for-4, three RBI game on Saturday.

The freshman currently leads the Vols in batting average (.327), RBIs (27), walks (21) and on-base percentage (.443).

Tennessee Weekly Notes

The Tennessee Volunteers extended their win streak to four games with a dominating midweek win at Tennessee Tech and a series opening victory at Georgia on Thursday, but dropped their last two games against the Bulldogs in Athens to lose their third SEC series of the season. At the halfway point league action, the Vols stand 23-11 overall and 6-9 in conference play. UT has already eclipsed last season's win total (22) and won just as many SEC series (2) as 2013.

Seven pitchers combined to allow just four hits and one run against one of the nation's top-ranked offenses on Tuesday, as the Vols blasted Tennessee Tech on the road, 10-1. UT's hurlers gave up just one extra-base hit against a team that came into the contest ranked first in the nation in runs scores, third in hits and sixth in batting average. Led by junior Will Maddox and sophomore Christin Stewart, Tennessee had four players record multi-hit games against the Golden Eagles. Stewart was 2-for-4 with his team-leading fourth homer and three RBIs, while Maddox was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

The Big Orange carried that momentum to Athens on Thursday night in front of a national audience on ESPNU. Again led by Stewart, the Vols out-hit Georgia by an 11-5 margin, with eight of the 11 hits coming in the first three innings en route to a 5-3 win. The Vols scored all five of their runs in the third inning. Stewart roped two doubles and drove in two runs in the win. Senior right-hander Nick Williams earned his fourth win of the season, allowing four hits, three runs (one earned) and struck out five. Sophomore southpaw Andy Cox extended his scoreless streak with three innings of one-hit baseball.

The offense stumbled in the final two games of the series, as Georgia rebounded to win the final two games, 4-1 and 7-4, respectively. Tennessee scored the opening run of the game on Friday, but UGA starter Ryan Lawlor allowed just two hits and no runs after the first frame to earned the complete game win. On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Freshman Nick Senzel stood out in the Georgia series, hitting .417 (5-for-12) with four RBIs and two doubles. For the week, the Knoxville native hit .438 (7-for-16) with a team-high six RBIs. Maddox led the team with a .467 average and was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts. Stewart finished the week with five hits, including two doubles and one home run.

After renewing the event last season for the first time since 2001, Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play this season's Hokie-Smokey Classic on Tuesday, April 15 in Salem, Va. The game will be played at LewisGale Field, the home of the Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate, the Salem Red Sox. UT returns to Lindsey Nelson Stadium after five games on the road for a three-game series against Alabama from April 18-20. The Crimson Tide currently stands at 24-11 overall and holds the best record in the SEC at 10-5.

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