Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/21)

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014
Overall Record: 25-13, 7-11 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 14
TUES. 15
THUR. 17
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 21
TUES. 22
7:05 p.m. ET
Johnson City
WED. 23
THUR. 24
FRI. 25
8 p.m. ET
Baton Rouge
SAT. 26
7:30 p.m. ET
Baton Rouge
SUN. 27
1 p.m. ET
Baton Rouge
Player of the Week Nomination
OF - 6-0 - 205
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Weekly Stats: .556 (10-for-18), 5 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, .778 SLG %, .600 OB %

Season Stats: .338 (50-for-148), 32 R, 12 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 29 RBIs, .568 SLG %, .393 OB %

Notes: Sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart boosted his batting average 30 points over the week, leading the Vols with an impressive .556 clip. Stewart had 10 hits in 18 at-bats, including two double and a triple. He drove in three runs, slugged .778 and recorded an on-base percentage of .600. Stewart recorded three multi-hit performances over UT's four games.

He opened the week with a 4-for-4 effort with a double in the Vols' 6-2 win over Western Carolina on Wednesday. Against No. 8 Alabama, Stewart hit .429 (6-for-14) with one double, one triple, three RBIs and four runs scored. He was 3-for-4 with his SEC-leading fifth triple of the season in Tennessee's walk-off 10-9 win on Sunday.

Stewart leads the Vols in hits (50), runs scored (32), doubles (12), triples (5), home runs (4), RBIs (29) and slugging (.568). He's also just one point behind Nick Senzel for the team lead in batting average at .338.

Freshman of the Week Nomination
DH/INF - 6-1 - 205
Knoxville, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: .429 (6-for-14), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 6 BBs, .643 SLG %, .600 OB %

Season Stats: .339 (41-for-121), 31 R, 7 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 28 RBI, 27 BBs, 10 SBs, .455 SLG %, .464 OB %

Notes: Freshman designated hitter Nick Senzel put together another stellar week at the plate, hitting .429 as the Vols went 2-2. Senzel was 6-for-14 with five runs scored, one double, one triple, one RBI and a team-best six walks. Senzel recorded three multi-hit games and reached base safely in all four games this week. The rookie has now reached base in 36 of the 37 games he's played in.

Senzel was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and three walks in the Vols' 6-2 win over Western Carolina on Wednesday. He concluded the week with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate, scoring three runs and driving one in on a RBI double.

Senzel leads Tennessee in batting average (.339), walks (27) and on-base percentage (.464). He's second on the team in runs (31), hits (41) and RBIs (28).

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee posted its third consecutive 2-2 week, sandwiching two losses to No. 8 Alabama with a midweek win over Western Carolina on Wednesday and a series-closing walk-off victory over the Crimson Tide on Sunday. The Volunteers enter a four-game road swing with a 25-13 overall record and 7-11 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

Following the cancellation of the Hokie-Smokey Classic on Tuesday, the Orange and White added Western Carolina to the docket on Wednesday. Six UT pitchers combined to allow two runs, strike out 12 and walk none while retiring the last 17 batters as the Vols pushed past the Catamounts, 6-2. Offensively, sophomore Christin Stewart went 4-for-4 with a double and freshman Nick Senzel was 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored. Eight of the Vols' nine starters registered a hit on the night and UT out-hit WCU by a 13-8 margin and recorded four extra-base hits in the win.

Trailing 8-0 after five innings, Tennessee battled back and brought the game-tying run to the plate in the eighth frame of Friday's series opener against Alabama, but the rally fell short as Tide closer Thomas Burrows shut things down late to take game one, 8-5. Junior Will Maddox was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the contest for the Vols.

The Orange and White jumped out to a 6-1 lead in game two, but the Crimson Tide rallied for six runs over the final four frames to hand UT a heartbreaking 7-6 defeat on Saturday. Tennessee got a big game out of senior outfielder Pierce Bily at the plate. Making just his third start of the season, Bily was 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a double and hit his first career home run. Stewart and Senzel both added multi-hit games, each going 2-for-5 at the dish.

For seven innings it was all Alabama in Sunday's series finale as UA built a comfortable 8-2 lead heading into the eighth inning. The Vols, who were facing their first series sweep at home this season, put up a six-spot in the bottom of the eighth off five hits. UT batted around in the inning and three of the five hits went for extra bases to tie the game at 8-8. Alabama regained the lead off a solo home run in the top half of the ninth, but a Stewart walk and Senzel double to deep left center quickly tied things up again. Two batters later, sophomore Vincent Jack, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, laced a line drive double down the right field line to five the Vols their fifth walk-off victory of the season, defeating the Tide 10-9 in the finale. Stewart led the Vols with a three-hit effort, while Jackson and Senzel each had two knocks.

The Big Orange starts its four-game road stretch on Tuesday, April 22 when it travels to Johnson City, Tenn., to take on in-state rival ETSU. UT will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Bucs at home this season in early April. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. Tennessee continues SEC action in Baton Rouge, La., with a three-game series at LSU from April 25-27.

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