3B - 5-11 - 180
Maple Valley, Wash..
Weekly Stats: .438 (7-for-16), 7 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 14 TB, .875 SLG, .571 OBP, 5 BB, 1-2 SB-SBA
Season Stats: .298 (54-for-181), 37 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 29 RBIs, 77 TB, .425 SLG, .404 OBP, 29 BB, 8-13 SB-SBA
Notes: Senior third baseman Taylor Smart picked up his game just when his team needed it the most, launching a pair of game-tying home runs in Tennessee's series against No. 13 Florida. For the week, he hit .438 (7-for-16) with a double, seven runs scored and six RBIs and played flawless defense for the Vols on the hot corner.
The Maple Valley, Wash., native opened the week with two hits, three runs scored and a pair of RBIs in Tennessee's Tuesday tilt against Morehead State, helping the Vols outlast the Eagles, 14-13, in 12 innings in the longest game in program history (4:57).
The short turnaround to Thursday's opener against the Gators didn't faze Smart at all as he hit a clutch, game-tying three-run home run in a 2-for-5 effort at the plate. The 5-11 senior's bat stayed hot the following day when he blasted another game-tying longball, his third in three consecutive SEC games and fourth of the season, off of the left-field foul pole en route to posting another multi-hit game.
Playing to keep his collegiate career alive on Saturday, Smart reached base three times with a pair of walks and a base hit and scored two more runs as the Volunteers downed No. 13 Florida, 7-5, to advance to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
For the season, Smart is hitting .298 with 29 RBIs and eight stolen bases. He is second on the team with four home runs, all of which have come in conference play this year. He ranks second on the team with 16 multi-hit games for the season, including four in his last five games.