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Official Tennessee baseball game notes for its series against Mississippi State, May 6-8, in Knoxville.

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  • Page 12011 Tennessee Volunteer Baseball Game Notes

    C 21 Ethan Bennett Fr. .290 5 21 Hit first SEC home run at Vanderbilt (4/30)1B 33 Josh Liles Sr. .260 0 21 Needs 12 hits to become 15th UT player with 2002B 8 Khayyan Norfork Sr. .350 3 32 Hitting .714 (5-for-7) with the bases loaded3B 13 Matt Duffy Sr. .317 5 35 Is 29-for-80 (.363) w/ 5 HRs when hitting thirdSS 2 Zach Osborne Jr. .347 1 18 Has started 152-of-153 career games at SS for UT LF 7 Chris Fritts Jr. .228 2 11 Second on the team with five outfield assistsCF 1 Andrew Toles Fr. .292 1 21 18 SBs are the fifth-most ever by a UT freshmanRF 9 Chris Pierce Jr. .222 1 4 Has 13 starts on the season (8 RF, 4 LF, 1 DH)DH 20 Drew Steckenrider So. .400 0 0 Saw first action at the plate last weekend at Vandy

    Date Opponent (TV) Time/ResultFEBRUARY18 Fri. Milwaukee W, 4-019 Sat. Milwaukee W, 7-620 Sun. Milwaukee L, 9-625 Fri. Canisius W, 4-026 Sat. Canisius W, 6-227 Sun. Canisius W, 9-4MARCH4 Fri. Bradley W, 7-35 Sat. Indiana L, 6-36 Sun. Morehead State W, 10-88 Tue. New Orleans W, 14-0 (7 Inn.)9 Wed. New Orleans W, 18-411 Fri. Manhattan W, 4-212 Sat. Manhattan W, 11-5 Manhattan W, 3-2 (7 inn.)13 Sun. Manhattan W, 15-115 Tue. Alabama A&M W, 9-116 Wed. at Austin Peay W, 5-318 Fri. *at Kentucky L, 5-319 Sat. *at Kentucky W, 12-820 Sun. *at Kentucky L, 7-323 Wed. at Lipscomb W, 7-325 Fri. *Ole Miss L, 6-126 Sat. *Ole Miss (SS) W, 6-427 Sun. *Ole Miss (SS) L, 8-030 Wed. UNC Asheville W, 14-6APRIL1 Fri. *at #3 Florida (CSS) L, 3-02 Sat. *at #3 Florida (CSS) L, 11-23 Sun. *at #3 Florida L, 9-15 Tue. Presbyterian College L, 10-67 Thu. *#3 South Carolina (ESPNU) L, 4-08 Fri. *#3 South Carolina L, 2-09 Sat. *#3 South Carolina (SS) L, 2-112 Tue. Appalachian State L, 6-514 Thu. *at Alabama (ESPNU) L, 2-816 Sat.. *at Alabama W, 2-1 (7 inn.) *at Alabama W, 1-0 (7 inn.)20 Wed. Western Carolina Postponed22 Fri. *Georgia W, 5-4 (10 inn.)23 Sat. *Georgia L. 8-624 Sun. *Georgia L, 5-327 Wed. at Tennessee Tech Postponed29 Fri. *at Vanderbilt L, 10-130 Sat. *at Vanderbilt (CSS) L, 10-1MAY1 Sun. *at Vanderbilt L, 19-36 Fri. *Mississippi State 6 p.m.7 Sat. *Mississippi State 4 p.m.8 Sun. *Mississippi State (SS) 2 p.m.10 Tue. MTSU 7 p.m.11 Wed. at MTSU 6 p.m. CT13 Fri. *at LSU (CST) 7 p.m. CT14 Sat. *at LSU (CSS) 3 p.m. CT15 Sun. *at LSU 1 p.m. CT17 Tue. Belmont 7 p.m.19 Thu. *Auburn 6 p.m.20 Fri. *Auburn 6 p.m.21 Sat. *Auburn 2 p.m.

    Home Games in Bold*-SEC Game

    NOTING THE VOLUNTEERSThe Tennessee baseball team dropped to 22-20 overall and 5-16 in SEC play after suffering a trio of setbacks

    at No. 3 Vanderbilt in Nashville last weekend. Although the Vols were able to generate a respectable 41 baser-unners against the talented Commodore pitching staff, they had trouble coming up with the big hit needed to bring them around the basepaths, finishing just 2-for-48 at the plate with runners on base, including a 1-for-20 mark with runners in scoring position. Over the course of the three games, the Big Orange had its leadoff hit-ter reach base 16 times in 27 total innings, but just three of those runners were able to score. A bright spot for Tennessee was the play of a trio of underclassmen in freshmen Ethan Bennett and Andrew Toles and sopho-more Drew Steckenrider. Those three players combined for 13 of the team's 19 hits on the weekend, including five from Bennett and four each from Toles and Steckenrider.

    SCOUTING THE BULLDOGSThe Bulldogs dropped a pair of 5-4 contests in a rare Saturday twinbill at home to Alabama last weekend

    but claimed the Sunday finale 8-5 to stay within two games of first place in the SEC Western Division race. The three-game series had a running time of nine hours and 24 minutes played over a 27-hour span. State out-hit the Tide .327 to .291 and slugged five home runs on the weekend, two by senior outfielder Jaron Shepherd. Shepherd (.290) paced State at the plate going 5-for-8 (.625) with one double and his first two home runs of the year. Junior relief pitcher Caleb Reed (0-1, 1.00) absorbed his first loss of the season and saw his impressive run of consecutive scoreless innings pitched halted at 17.1 innings. It was the only run allowed by Reed in three weekend relief appearances (2.2 innings), the last earning him his team-leading eighth save. Senior third baseman Jarrod Parks (.406) collected four hits on the weekend, maintaining his SEC-leading batting average and extending his current hitting streak to 16 games, the longest by a Bulldog since 2007 (Brandon Turner).

    THIS WEEKEND'S PROMOTIONSFriday, April 22 - 6 p.m. $1 Hot Dog Night Little League Weekend - Youth who wear their Little League jersey will receive free admission

    Saturday, April 23 - 4 p.m. Mission of Hope - Donate two canned food items and receive free admission First 500 fans receive Tennessee baseball trading card set #4 Little League Weekend - Youth who wear their Little League jersey will receive free admission

    Sunday, April 24 - 2 p.m. Kids 17 & under get in free and will receive a coupon for free food and drink. They can also run the bases

    and get autographs from the team on the field post-game



    2011 SCHEDULE (22-20, 5-16)Home: 17-11 | Away: 5-9 | Neutral: 0-0 | Vs. Top 25: 2-10

    Tennessee Volunteers | Lindsey Nelson Stadium

    WEATHER FORECAST Friday Saturday Sunday

    Media Relations: Cameron Harris u CHarri48@utk.edu u Office: (865) 974-8876 u Cell: (817) 408-7604 u Fax: (865) 974-1269 u UTSports.com

    TENNESSEE (22-20, 5-16) vs. MISSISSIPPI ST. (26-18, 8-13)Knoxville, Tenn. Lindsey Nelson Stadium May 6-8

    FRIDAY, MAY 6 -- 6 p.m.LHP Steven Gruver (4-5, 3.07) vs. LHP Luis Pollorena (5-3, 1.65)

    SATURDAY, MAY 7 -- 4 p.m.RHP Nick Blount (1-2, 5.57) vs. LHP Nick Routt (0-2, 3.81)

    SUNDAY, MAY 8 -- 2 p.m. (SportSouth)TBA vs. RHP Chris Stratton (4-5, 4.98)

    Live Stats/Blog: www.UTSports.comTwitter: www.Twitter.com/Vol_BaseballRadio: FM 99.1/99.3 "The Sports Animal" with John Wilkerson and Kyle HixsonTV (Sun.): SportSouth with Bob Kesling (play-by-play) and Rusty Ensor (analyst)

    Isolated T-Storms80 | 61 | 30%

    Few Showers69 | 51 | 30%

    Mostly Sunny76 | 61 | 2%

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    MEDIA INFORMATIONMedia CredentialsMedia credentials will be issued to members of the

    working media only. Children and other non-workers will not be allowed. Requests for credentials should be made by calling Assistant Media Relations Director Cameron Harris at least one day in advance of each home game or series. All credentials not picked up at the Media Relations Office will be left at the ticket will call window at the main entrance of the stadium.

    Interview PolicyPlayers and coaches are available for interviews during

    weekly media opportunities or by appointment arranged through Assistant Media Relations Director Cameron Harris.

    Interviews with coaches or players while the team is on the road also should be arranged through Cameron Harris.

    Postgame InterviewsTennessee head coach Todd Raleigh is available to meet

    any working member of the media following the game on the field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Media are asked to conduct player interviews on the field, and media mem-bers are not permitted in the clubhouse area.

    Interviews with visiting team members also may be done on the field, subject to the policy of the visiting teams media relations representative.

    PhotographersMedia credentials are required for all photographers and

    television media. All credentials not picked up at the Media Relations office will be left at the ticket will-call window at the main entrance of the stadium.

    Photo decks are located atop the stairwells behind the first- and third-baselines. There are also photo field-level photo wells at the far end of each dugout. Both still and television photographers are welcome to shoot from these spots. Television crews are welcome to film from the mezzanine level underneath the press box.

    Photographers will not be permitted in or between the dugouts.

    The Press BoxThe Lindsey Nelson Stadium press box is for working

    members of the media only. The press box is located atop the grandstand behind home plate and includes space for working members of the press, official and visiting scor-ers, public address announcer and scoreboard operator. Also located on the press level are two radio booths and a television/VIP booth. Admission to the press box is by credential only.

    Press Box ServicesUpdated cumulative statistics, game notes and score-

    cards, along with team rosters, will be available in the press box at each home game. A final box score will be compiled and distributed at the completion of each game.

    An official scorer is assigned to all home games, and Cameron Harris will keep the media informed of all scoring decisions, notable facts and records.

    TelephonesThe Lindsey Nelson Stadium press box is equipped

    with two telephones for use by the media only. Each radio booth is equipped with two courtesy phone lines and an ISDN line, use of which will be granted on a recipro-cal basis. Visiting radio crews needing assistance should contact Assistant Media Relations Director Cameron Harris at (865) 974-8876.

    InternetHigh-speed wireless Internet is available in the Lindsey

    Nelson Stadium press box, including both radio booths and the television booth. There also are a limited number of DSL connections available for use by the media in the press box (but not in the radio booths), and phone lines for dial-up access are available as well. Questions regarding system requirements can be directed to Eddie Howell in the UT Athletic Department prior to the day of the game (865-974-4730 or edhowell@utk.edu).

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