Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/23)

April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012
Overall Record: 22-18, 7-11 SEC
Record Last Week: 1-3
Last Week's Results
MON. 16
WED. 18
SUN. 22
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 16
TUES. 17
vs. Austin Peay
7 p.m.
WED. 18
THUR. 19
FRI. 20
at Auburn
6 pm CT
Auburn, Ala.
SAT. 21
at Auburn
3 pm CT
Auburn, Ala.
SUN. 22
at Auburn
1 pm CT
Auburn, Ala.
Player of the Week Nomination
RHP - 6-5 - 230
Lawrenceville, Ga.

Weekly Stats:1-1, 1.12 ERA, 3 G, 8.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K, .042 Opp. BA

Season Stats:4-3, 1.69 ERA, 20 G, 3 GS, 48.0 IP, 26 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 23 BB, 63 K, .163 Opp. BA, 11.81 K/9 inn.

Notes: Steckenrider was sharp on the mound all week, picking up the team's only win while allowing just one hit and striking out 10 in 8.0 innings of work.

The flamethrowing righthander opened the week by fanning four of the five batters he faced against ETSU to record his fourth victory of the season. He fired three strong innings against Mississippi State on Thursday as well, but suffered the tough-luck loss as the Bulldogs won on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning. Steckenrider came right back with another stellar relief effort two days later, punching out four in 3.1 frames in Starkville.

For the season, he leads the Vols and ranks fifth in the SEC with 63 strikeouts. His 11.81 strikeouts per nine innings is good for third in the league as well, while his opponent batting average of .163 is second.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee offensive struggles continued this week as it posted a midweek win against ETSU before managing just four runs in three games at Mississippi State as it was swept for the first time this season.

Tennessee's record now stands at 22-18 overall and 7-11 in SEC play.

On Tuesday, the Vols held off a late charge from ETSU with junior Nick Blount coming on for the final four outs to record his 10th save and preserve a 5-4 victory. It was his 10th save in 10 opportunities this season, making him one of three pitchers in Tennessee history to have double-digit saves in a single season. He joins Sean Watson (2006) and Todd Helton (1994, 1995). With 11 career saves, he moves into a tie with Jeff Lockwood (2007-09) for third all-time at Rocky Top.

Freshman Richard Carter led the offensive charge in that contest, as he posted the first four-hit effort by a Vol this season, going 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, a run scored and a pair of RBIs.

In Thursday's extra-inning loss at Mississippi State, UT senior shortstop Zach Osborne broke the school record for defensive assists. With a career total of 531 after this weekend's action, he surpassed former Louisville native and bearer of the number two Tennessee jersey Chris Burke who had 524 from 1999-2001. He also upped his career total for games played to 201, passing another Vol legend in Todd Helton (199) for sole possession of seventh all-time.

After a 7-1 loss on Friday night, Saturday's contest against the Bulldogs lasted 14 innings before a bases-loaded wild pitch gave MSU a heartbreaking 3-2 win. It marked just the fifth game of that length in school history, behind only 5-4 win over Georgia Tech in 15 innings on April 12, 1952.

Tennessee will look to return to the win column when it hosts Austin Peay at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Vols will then hit the road once again for a three-game set at Auburn, April 27-29. Game times for that series are set for 6 p.m. CT on Friday, 3 p.m. CT on Saturday and 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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