DH/INF - 6-1 - 205
Weekly Stats: .438 (7-for-16), 2 R, 3 2B, 4 RBIs, 1 BBs, 2-2 SBs, .625 SLG %, .471 OB %
Season Stats: .350 (48-for-137), 33 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 28 BBs, 12 SBs, .474 SLG %, .464 OB %
Notes: Freshman designated hitter Nick Senzel belted .438 (7-for-16) for the week and had a pair of three-hit games, including one on the road against the No. 6 LSU Tigers. The Knoxville native has had a multi-hit performance in four of his last six and six of his last nine games.
For the week, Senzel drove in four runs, scored two, hit three doubles and was 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. Senzel opened the week with a 3-for-4, two-RBI performance at ETSU and closed it with a 3-for-5 game with a pair of doubles at LSU.
He leads the Vols in batting average (.350), RBIs (32), walks (28) and on-base percentage (.464). He holds the outright lead or is tied for the lead in each of those categories among SEC freshmen.
Tennessee Weekly Notes
Tennessee dropped three out of four games this week, including two hard-fought battles at No. 6 LSU. The Vols did pull off one win at Alex Box Stadium, topping the Tigers by a 6-3 margin on Saturday. The Orange and White enters a five-game homestand with a 26-16 overall record and a 8-13 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Vols open a three-game set against SEC rival Kentucky on Thursday night, the SEC Game of the Week on ESPNU.
Despite out-hitting East Tennessee State, 12-10, the Vols dropped a 9-7 decision in Johnson City on Tuesday as the Buccaneers swept the season series. Seven UT pitchers combined to allow 10 hits and six walks to the Bucs, who took advantage of the free passes. Tennessee also allowed the leadoff man on for ETSU in six of its eight innings. Offensively, the top four in the UT lineup went a combined 10-for-19, all recording multi-hit games. Freshman Nick Senzel and sophomore A.J. Simcox led the way with three singles each, with Senzel adding two RBIs. Will Maddox and Christin Stewart were both 2-for-5 and Vincent Jackson hit his first home run of the season in the loss.
LSU's Mark Laird delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to walk the No. 6 Tigers off with an 8-7 win in a wild series opener on Friday. Tennessee held leads of 2-0, 6-5 and 7-5 through six and a half frames, but LSU was able to plate one run in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to pick up the win. Meeting for the first time since 2011, the clubs combined for 30 hits, including 10 doubles - seven from the Tigers. LSU left 13 runners on base, while the Vols left nine, including eight in scoring position. Going up against arguably the best pitcher in the nation, the Vols chased LSU right-hander Aaron Nola in a season-low 5 2/3 innings. Having allowed just seven runs over 71.2 innings this season, the Vols put a five-spot (all earned) on the board against the Tigers' ace. UT also registered eight hits against the Baton Rouge native, tying the most he's allowed all season, and struck out just four times, the fewest of the season for Nola.
Down 3-2 heading to the eighth, Tennessee scored two runs in each of the final two frames to snap a seven-game losing streak to LSU on Saturday night, evening the series with a 6-3 win. It was the first victory over LSU since April 19, 2009, when UT took a 9-4 decision in Baton Rouge. It's also just the fourth home loss of the season for the Tigers. Stewart and Simcox both had a pair of hits, while Jackson and Derek Lance homered in the contest for the Vols.
Tennessee rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in the top of the eighth in the series finale Sunday, but LSU answered with a five-run bottom half to clinch the hard-fought series with a 9-4 win. The Tigers plated five runs (three unearned) on just two hits in the eighth. The Vols handed LSU three free passes in the inning - two walks and a hit by pitch - committed a fielding error and threw two wild pitches to spark the five-run rally. The five-run margin was the largest of the entire series. Senzel had another three-hit game for the Vols, including two doubles.
Senzel belted .438 (7-for-16) for the week and had a pair of three-hit games. The Knoxville native has had a multi-hit performance in four of his last six and six of his last nine games. For the week, Senzel drove in four runs, scored two, hit three doubles and was 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. He leads the Vols in batting average (.350), RBIs (32), walks (28) and on-base percentage (.464). He holds the outright lead or is tied for the lead in each of those categories among SEC freshmen. Stewart is riding an eight-game hit streak. He's had a multi-hit performance in six consecutive games. The sophomore is second on the team in average (.347) and RBIs (31), but leads UT in runs (37), hits (58), doubles (14), triples (5), home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.563).
Tennessee returns to action on Tuesday, April 29, looking for the season sweep of Middle Tennessee. The Vols host the Blue Raiders at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 6 p.m. ET. UT took the first meeting in Murfreesboro by a margin of 2-0. The Vols continue SEC play on Thursday, May 1 in the SEC Game of the Week on ESPNU at home against Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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