Oct. 2, 2008
Tennessee head baseball coach Todd Raleigh announced the rosters Thursday for the second annual Orange & White World Series, a seven-game fall intrasquad series set to begin Friday at Robert M. Lindsey Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Friday's game begins at 6 p.m., and admission is free.
The White team, managed by assistant coach Bradley LeCroy and volunteer assistant coach Nate Headley, will send sophomore left-hander Bryan Morgado to the mound Friday. Morgado's 4.59 ERA from a season ago is the best of any returning starter, and his five wins last year are tied for the most among returners. In 80 1/3 innings as a freshman, the Miami, Fla., native recorded 104 strikeouts while limiting opposing batters to a .239 average.
Junior left-hander Nick Hernandez gets the start for assistant coach Fred Corral's Orange Team on Friday. Hernandez is coming off a season during which he started 13 games and compiled a 5.16 ERA along with 42 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings.
Offensively, the White Teams is led by senior infielder Cody Brown. The Knoxville, Tenn., native started all 55 games in which he played last year as the team's co-captain. Brown set career-highs in batting average (.295), runs (45), hits (61), doubles (11), home runs (9), RBI (40), slugging (.488) and on-base percentage (.392).
Other returning positions players on the White roster are sophomore outfielder P.J. Polk, senior outfielder Jarred Frazier, sophomore catcher Blake Forsythe and junior infielder Cody Grisham. Junior right-hander Steve Crnkovich, left-hander Jeff Lockwood and senior left-hander Joey Rosas represent the veteran pitchers for the White Team. First year Vols rounding out the White Team lineup are freshmen right-handers Matt Ramsey, Clayton Gant and Davis Hall, junior right-hander Stephen McCray and junior third-baseman Tyler Horne.
Kentrail Davis, a 2008 Freshman All-America honoree, headlines the Orange Team batting order. Davis became only the ninth Vol ever to win the team Triple Crown and led the 2008 team in batting average (.330), hits (68), RBI (44), home runs (13), triples (3), and on-base percentage (.435).
Sophomore outfielder Josh Liles represents the only other veteran position player on the Orange Team roster. Newcomers on that squad are freshman outfielder Charley Thurber, junior catcher Matt Hamaker, freshman shortstop Gary Wilson, sophomore infielder Cody Hawn, freshman infielder Zach Osborne and junior infielder Mike Hornsby.
Veteran pitchers for the Orange Team are senior right-handers Danny Wiltz and Ryne Simpson and redshirt freshman Dylan Hochevar. Joining the Vol pitching staff this season are junior right-hander Aaron Tullo, freshmen left-handers Steven Gruver, Adam Adkins, Will Locante and Hunter Daniel, and freshman right-hander Mason Forbis.
Starting pitchers in the Orange & White World Series are prohibited from beginning a new inning after having thrown 70 or more pitches. Relievers can't throw more than two total innings in a weekend.
The final six World Series games are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m., Saturday Nov. 1 at 3 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.