Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/22)

April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013
Overall Record: 17-21, 5-13 SEC
Record Last Week: 1-3, 0-3
Last Week's Results
MON. 15
WED. 17
THUR. 18
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 22
TUES. 23
7 pm ET
WED. 24
THUR. 25
FRI. 26
at Florida
7 pm ET
SAT. 27
at Florida
7 pm ET
SUN. 28
at Florida
1 pm ET
Freshman of the Week Nomination
OF/DH - 6-0 - 205
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Weekly Stats: .385/.692/.438, 13 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 SF, 1-1 SB-ATT

Season Stats: .310/.470/.412, 100 AB, 21 R, 31 H, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 18 RBIs, 13 BB, 5 HBP, 21 K, 1 SF, 4-7 SB-ATT

Notes: After another strong week, freshman Christin Stewart has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games to up his batting average to .310 for his freshman campaign.

This past week, he hit at a .385 clip (5-for-13) with a pair of multi-hit performances, a team-high four RBIs and his second home run of the season. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native also stole a base, walked twice and had a sacrifice fly over the course of the team's four games.

Stewart opened the week by going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored, a walk and a stolen base in Tennessee's 5-4 win over Virginia Tech in the Hokie-Smokey Classic in Greeneville, Tenn., on Tuesday. Although his eight-game hit streak was snapped on Friday against Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl, he bounced back with an RBI double in UT's 6-4 loss on Saturday before blasting a solo shot off of the scoreboard at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort in Sunday's series finale.

Over his last 11 games, Stewart is hitting an even .400 (14-for-35) with nine RBIs and nine runs scored. He also has three doubles and has walked six times in that span.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee opened the week on a positive note, beating Virginia Tech in the revival of the Hokie-Smokey Classic on Tuesday in Greeneville, Tenn., but ended it on a sour note as No. 17 Ole Miss left Rocky Top with a three-game sweep over the Vols.

Fresh off of a series win over No. 13 Kentucky, the Vols made it three consecutive wins with a 5-4 triumph over the Hokies at Pioneer Park on Tuesday. Junior Blake Thomas made the most of his first career start, giving UT 6.1 strong innings in which he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out four. Freshman Andy Cox retired all seven batters that he faced, fanning three, to seal the victory for the Vols and earn his first career save.

During that win, Tennessee used a triple steal, headed up by Jeff Moberg who executed a successful straight steal of home, to get on the board first. Taylor Smart added a pair of RBIs and Christin Stewart drove in a run as well.

On Friday, the Vols could not find an answer for Ole Miss ace Bobby Wahl. The former pupil of UT head coach Dave Serrano's on the 2012 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team fired a three-hit complete game shutout in the series opener.

Junior Nick Williams gave the Vols a valiant effort on the mound in Saturday's contest, throwing a season-high 8.1 innings, but it wasn't enough as Tennessee dropped a 6-4 decision after the Rebels scored four runs over the game's final three frames to erase a late UT lead.

The series finale was a heartbreaker for the Orange and White as it took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning with senior ace Zack Godley on the mound only to see Ole Miss score three times to squeak out a 4-3 win to finish off the sweep. Godley suffered the loss, but did record his third complete game of the year and second in as many weeks, striking out seven and allowing four runs (just one earned) on six hits.

Tennessee will look to return to the win column on Tuesday when it travels to Murfreesboro to take on MTSU at 7 p.m. ET. After his strong performance against the Hokies, Thomas will get the ball for the midweek showdown against the Blue Raiders.

From there, the Big Orange will pack up again and head to Gainesville, Fla., for a three-game set against Florida, April 26-28. The first two games are both set to begin at 7 p.m. while the series will conclude with a 1 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

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