May 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Head coach Dave Serrano announced the Vols 2014 baseball team awards on Tuesday. All-SEC First Team selection Christin Stewart was named the team MVP while Andy Cox and Nick Williams were co-Most Valuable Pitchers.
Bill Wright Student-Athlete Of Year Award: Eric Freeman
A freshman right-handed pitcher, Freeman was named the 2014 Volscars Volunteer of the Year in addition to being recognized as a member of the SEC Community Service Team.
Steve Searcy Most Improved Award: Andy Cox
Lefty Andy Cox was 5-1 with a 2.44 ERA in his sophomore season. He made great strides lowering his ERA by nearly three runs from his freshman season. He led the 2014 Vols in ERA and strikeouts (70), working out of the bullpen and starting six games. His five wins tied for the team lead with Nick Williams.
Phil Garner Defensive Player Award: Taylor Smart
Third baseman Taylor Smart had a strong senior season with the Vols. He made many dynamic plays at the hot corner and finished with a .940 field percentage, playing in 53 of 54 games. At the plate, he hit .292 with four homers and 29 RBIs.
A senior, Dalton Saberhagen, was a fantastic teammate in his final season on Rocky Top. He was very supportive to the Vols in their run to the SEC Tournament. On the mound, the lefty pitched in two games.
Cox and Williams led the team with five wins each. Cox posted a 5-1 record with a 2.44 ERA while Williams with 5-5 with 3.22 ERA. Williams started a team-high 13 games and was the Vols' typical Friday-night starter throughout the season. Williams (65) was second to Cox (70) in strikeouts on the season.
Rick Honeycutt Most Valuable Player: Christin Stewart
An All-SEC first team outfielder, Stewart was Tennessee's top offensive threat in 2014, becoming just the 11th player in program history to win the team "Triple Crown" by leading the Vols with a .330 batting average, five home runs and 39 RBIs.
The only player to play in all 54 of UT's games this year Stewart also paced the squad with 45 runs scored, 72 hits, 19 doubles, six triples and a .541 slugging percentage.