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Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (5/5)

May 5, 2014



May 5, 2014
Overall Record: 28-17, 10-14 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-1
Last Week's Results
MON. 28
TUES. 29
WED. 30
SUN. 4
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 5
TUES. 6
UNC Asheville
6 p.m. ET
Knoxville
WED. 7
THUR. 8
FRI. 9
Miss. St. *
7:30 p.m. ET
Starkville
SAT. 10
Miss. St. *
7 p.m. ET
Starkville
SUN. 11
Miss. St. *
2:30 p.m. ET
Starkville
Pitcher of the Week Nomination
ANDY COX
Sophomore
LHP - 6-2 - 160
Arlington, Tenn.

Weekly Stats: 1-0, 1.17 ERA, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 BBs, 7 Ks, 0.80 Opp. BA

Season Stats: 4-1, 1.87 ERA, 23 APP, 4 GS, 2 SVs, 62.2 IP, 35 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 24 BBs, 53 Ks, .167 Opp. BA

Notes: Sophomore southpaw Andy Cox finished off Tennessee's series win over No. 25 Kentucky with an exclamation point, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Saturday to lead the Vols to a series-clinching 5-1 win over the Wildcats.

Making just his fourth start, Cox improved to 4-1 on the season with the gem. Cox gave up just two singles and one run while striking out seven over 7.2 innings pitched. Kentucky broke up his no-hit bid with a bunt single in the seventh inning.

The Arlington, Tenn., native lowered his ERA to 1.87 for the season and improved his batting average against to .167, which leads the SEC. Cox also leads the league with just 35 hits against - only five for extra bases - over 62.2 frames.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee got back on track this week with a series win over No. 25 Kentucky, the Vols' first series victory in nearly a month. Taking two out of three, UT improved to 28-17 overall and stayed in the SEC Tournament hunt with a 10-14 mark in league play.

With Tuesday's midweek matchup against Middle Tennessee canceled due to weather, the Vols played their first game of the week on Thursday against Kentucky on ESPNU. UT grabbed the early lead with a run in the first, but the Wildcats tied the game in the second inning and took control with a six-run third frame. Tennessee managed just five hits and UK's high-powered offense hit four home runs to rout the Vols by a 15-1 margin.

The Orange and White was able to bounce back on Friday with a gutsy pitching effort from senior right-hander Nick Williams. The Knoxville native worked out of trouble multiple times to help even the series with an 8-2 win. At the plate, sophomores Christin Stewart and Derek Lance led the charge. Stewart had a four-RBI night, including a three-run triple, while Lance was 3-for-4 with two runs driven in. Stewart leads the SEC with six triples this season. Lance also scored three times in the game. Williams gave up seven hits, but allowed just two runs and struck out a season high eight in the six-inning outing. Freshman Kyle Serrano came in to close it out, allowing just one hit and striking out two over three frames.

The Vols got another outstanding performance on the mound on Saturday to clinch the series against Kentucky. Sophomore southpaw Andy Cox carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against one of the nation's top offenses, leading the Vols to a 5-1 series-clinching victory. Cox gave up just two singles and one run while striking out seven over 7.2 innings of work. Kentucky broke up Cox's no-hit bid with a bunt single in the seventh inning. Cox improved to 4-1 on the season, lowered his ERA to 1.87 and improved his batting average against to .167, which leads the SEC. Cox also leads the league with just 35 hits against - only five for extra bases - over 62.2 frames.

Offensively, Christin Stewart led the Vols with six RBIs over the series. He leads the team in all major statistical categories, including batting average (.339), runs scores (38), hits (60), doubles (15), triples (6), home runs (40, RBIs (37) and slugging percentage (.559). Stewart is the only Vol to start all 45 games.

Tennessee returns to action on Tuesday when the Vols host UNC Asheville at 6 p.m. ET. The Vols continue SEC play at Mississippi State from May 9-11.

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