Tennessee Baseball Weekly Update (5/13)

May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013
Overall Record: 20-28, 7-18 SEC
Record Last Week: 2-2, 1-2
Last Week's Results
MON. 6
This Week's Schedule
Home Game
MON. 13
TUES. 14
vs. Morehead St.
6 pm ET
WED. 15
THUR. 16
vs. Texas A&M
6 pm ET
FRI. 17
vs. Texas A&M
6 pm ET
SAT. 18
vs. Texas A&M
1 pm ET
SUN. 19
Pitcher of the Week Nomination
RHP - 6-3 - 245
Bamberg, S.C.

Weekly Stats: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, .121 Opp. BA

Season Stats: 5-6, 3.44 ERA, 15 G, 13 GS, 5 CG, 2 SHO, 99.1 IP, 91 H, 48 R, 38 ER, 29 BB, 85 K, .241 Opp. BA

Notes: Senior Zack Godley turned in his fourth complete game in the last five weeks and SEC-best fifth of the season to lead Tennessee to a Friday night win on the road at No. 14 Arkansas, 8-3.

The win was just Tennessee's second in a Friday night SEC-road game over the last three seasons with the only other win belonging to Godley as well as he defeated South Carolina in Columbia last year.

The Bamberg, S.C., native has now been on the mound for four of UT's seven SEC victories this season, going the distance in all four with complete game wins over Missouri, Kentucky, Florida and Arkansas.

He also pitched all nine innings in a loss to South Carolina, giving him five complete games in nine SEC starts, more than 12 of the other 13 league teams have all season. He has as many complete games over the last eight weeks as the entire pitching staffs for Texas A&M, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and Ole Miss have combined for all year.

On Friday against the Razorbacks, Godley struck out eight and allowed just four hits to pick up his fifth win of the year and become the first Tennessee pitcher with five or more complete games in a single season since Jamie Bennett had six in 2000. By comparison, the Vols had just five complete games as a team in the 2009-2012 seasons combined.

Godley now leads the SEC with five complete games and 99.1 innings pitched and ranks fourth with 85 strikeouts.

Tennessee Weekly Notes

Tennessee opened the week with a pair of solid wins, including an 8-3 drubbing of No. 14 Arkansas on Friday night, before suffering two tough losses to close it out.

With an SEC record of 7-18 (.280), the Volunteers are now mere percentage points behind Missouri (8-19, .296) for the 12th and final spot in next week's SEC Tournament with three league games remaining. UT will play Texas A&M at home while Missouri will host Kentucky. Tennessee needs one more win than the Tigers this weekend to clinch its first berth in the postseason since 2007.

The Orange and White opened last week with one of its better performances of the season, cruising past Arkansas State, 12-3, behind the strength of 7.1 innings of one-run ball from its bullpen and multiple-RBI games from four different players. Christin Stewart led the way at the plate with the second three-RBI game of his career, finishing 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, a run scored and his third home run of the season.

The Big Orange carried that momentum over to Friday night against No. 14 Arkansas in Fayetteville, silencing a crowd of 9,110 at Baum Stadium as strong efforts from Zack Godley and Ethan Bennett paced the Vols to an 8-3 victory.

Godley struck out eight in his SEC-leading fifth complete game of the season and a five-RBI night by Ethan Bennett paced a 13-hit offensive attack for UT. The eight runs and 13 hits are the most allowed by the Razorbacks in a single game this season as they entered the contest with an NCAA-best 1.77 ERA as a team.

The win was Tennessee's first in a Friday night SEC-road game this season and just its second over the last three years. The only other victory also belongs to Godley as he beat South Carolina in Columbia last year. Bennett's five RBIs marked the second time a Vol has accomplished that feat this season and matched his career high from a game against Manhattan on March 13, 2011.

No. 14 Arkansas bounced back over the final two games of the series with wins of 11-1 and 10-2 to close out the weekend.

Tennessee will now return to Rocky Top to close out the 2013 regular season with a four-game homestand this week, starting with a 6 p.m. showdown against Morehead State on Tuesday. The Vols will then welcome SEC newcomer Texas A&M to Lindsey Nelson Stadium, May 16-18. Prior to Saturday's regular-season finale, which will be televised by SportSouth, UT will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony.

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