April 28, 2010
By Cameron Harris, Assistant Media Relations Director
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - After playing a large role in a pair of walk-off victories for Tennessee over Vanderbilt in a doubleheader last Sunday, including hitting a game-ending home run in the 11th inning of the first game, junior Blake Forsythe has been named to the CollegeBaseball360.com Primetime Performer Weekly Honor Roll.
Forsythe, who hit .313 with six RBIs while leading the Big Orange to its second Southeastern Conference series victory of the season and an overall record of 3-1 last week, becomes the third UT player to be honored by CB360 this season, following in the footsteps of sophomore Steven Gruver (March 2) and junior P.J. Polk (April 7).
A Memphis, Tenn., native, Forsythe joins 18 other standouts on the weekly honor roll. The list is comprised of four pitchers, three second basemen, two catchers, a pair of first basemen, two third baseman, a shortstop, two outfielders, a designated hitter and a pair of two-way talents. Of the 19 total players, there are six seniors, including a redshirt senior, seven juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen.
A 6-2 catcher, Forsythe played an instrumental role in all three of Tennessee's wins last week, starting off with a 3-for-5, four RBI effort against Western Carolina on Wednesday. He finished a triple away from the cycle in that contest, launching his seventh home run of the year, and scored a pair of runs as UT cruised to an 18-8 road triumph.
After a tough game against Vanderbilt on Friday, he came through in a big way in the first contest of the doubleheader on Sunday, winning the game for the Vols with a two-strike, two-out, two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning. After falling behind in the count 0-2, he fouled off three consecutive pitches before getting the one he wanted and depositing it well over "The Porch" in left field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
He then added another hit and a key, four-pitch walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh of the second game of the day. The walk kept the final inning alive as the Orange and White rallied for two runs with two outs on the board to win 4-3 over the Commodores, claiming a doubleheader sweep and Tennessee's second SEC series victory of the season.
Forsythe's terrific play carried over into this week as he led the Vols to a 13-5 rout of Belmont on Tuesday night, taking over the team lead in home runs with a grand slam in the seventh inning, his ninth dinger of the 2010 campaign. He finished the contest 2-for-3 with a career-high tying five RBIs, as he also had a run-scoring double off the top of the wall in center earlier in the game.
For more information about CB360's Primetime Performer awards, including the complete list of this week's selections, visit http://collegebaseball360.com/2010/04/27/cb360-primetime-performers-10-april-27.