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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (4/29)

April 29, 2013



April 29, 2013
Overall Record: 18-24, 6-15 SEC
Record Last Week: 1-3, 1-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 22
WED. 24
THUR. 25
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 29
TUES. 30
vs. MTSU
6 pm ET
Knoxville
WED. 1
THUR. 2
FRI. 3
vs. Georgia
6 pm ET
Knoxville
SAT. 4
vs. Georgia
7 pm ET
Knoxville
SUN. 5
vs. Georgia
1 pm ET
Knoxville
Pitcher of the Week Nomination
ZACK GODLEY
Senior
RHP - 6-3 - 245
Bamberg, S.C.

Weekly Stats: 1-0, 2.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, .206 Opp. BA

Season Stats: 4-5, 2.88 ERA, 13 G, 11 GS, 4 CG, 2 SHO, 84.1 IP, 73 H, 37 R, 27 ER, 26 BB, 73 K, .230 Opp. BA

Notes: Senior Zack Godley turned in his third consecutive complete game to lead Tennessee to its first win over Florida in Gainesville since 2007 as the Volunteers defeated the Gators, 4-2, on Sunday at McKethan Stadium.

The Bamberg, S.C., native allowed two runs in the game's first inning before putting eight consecutive zeroes up on the scoreboard. He finished with six strikeouts while yielding seven hits and walking two batters. He got stronger as the game went on, retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced. From the fifth inning on, he allowed just two Gators to reach base and neither got past first.

Godley is the first UT pitcher to fire complete games in three consecutive starts since Craig Cobb did it in 2006 with nine-inning efforts at Arkansas and at home against LSU and Florida. Over those three games, Godley has allowed just three earned runs on 19 hits, only three of which have gone for extra bases. He has also struck out 21 batters and walked just six.

Sunday's complete game was his fourth of the season, making him the first pitcher in the SEC to reach that mark this year. By comparison, Tennessee had just four complete games as a team in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons combined. Godley now leads the conference with 84.1 innings pitched this season and ranks fourth with 73 strikeouts

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee closed out a tough week on a winning note, beating Florida in Gainesville for the first time since 2007 behind the strength of senior Zack Godley's third consecutive complete-game, 4-2, on Sunday.

The victory came after a midweek loss on the road at MTSU, a 7-2 defeat in the series opener against the Gators on Friday and a gut-wrenching, 3-2, loss in 10 innings on Saturday night.

Godley came through with another stellar outing on Sunday to help the Vols salvage a victory though, firing a complete game for the third week in a row. After yielding two runs in the first inning, he proceeded to put zeroes up on the scoreboard in each of the next eight frames to lead the Vols to the 4-2 victory. After the fifth inning, he allowed just two runners to reach base and neither was able to get past first as he retired 16 of the final 18 batters that he faced.

Offensively, the Vols got a big boost from Ethan Bennett who was 2-for-3 with his third home run of the season while hitting out of the cleanup spot for the first time in his career. Freshman Derek Lance also had a big hit for the Big Orange, coming up with a clutch run-scoring double to record his first career hit and RBI on the same play.

Bennett's round-tripper extended his hitting streak to a career-high tying seven games. During that stretch, he is hitting .455 (10-for-26) with four doubles, two triples, a home run, six runs scored and three RBIs. He is now hitting .327 on the season.

The win for Tennessee was its first in Gainesville since May 19, 2007, when it beat the Gators, 11-7, in the regular-season finale to clinch a spot in the SEC Tournament. That stands as the last time the Big Orange made the trip to Hoover.

For the week, sophomore Will Maddox paced the UT attack from the top of the order by hitting at a cool .500 clip, going 7-for-14 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored, an RBIs and three walks. He also drove in a run, was hit by a pitch twice and was 2-for-2 in stolen-base attempts.

Maddox's .353 average for the season leads the Orange and White and ranks ninth in the SEC, while his 16 stolen bases and 60 hits place him second and sixth in the league, respectively.

The Volunteers will now return to Rocky Top where they will open a five-game homestand with a 6 p.m. contest against MTSU on Tuesday, April 30. UT will then welcome border-rival Georgia to Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a three-game set, May 3-5. The Friday night opener is set for a 6 p.m. first pitch, while Saturday's contest will begin at 7 p.m. and be televised on CSS. Sunday will be broadcast on ESPNU with the game slated for a 1 p.m. start.

For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/Baseball, follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter and like the Vols at Facebook.com/VolBaseball. To purchase tickets to upcoming games, visit UTTix.com


 

 

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