Tennessee Baseball Game Notes vs. Belmont (5/17)

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The official Tennessee baseball game notes for its May 17 game against Belmont in Knoxville.

Text of Tennessee Baseball Game Notes vs. Belmont (5/17)

  • Page 12011 Tennessee Volunteer Baseball Game Notes

    C 21 Ethan Bennett Fr. .261 6 23 Hit first SEC home run at Vanderbilt (4/30)1B 43 Davis Morgan Jr. .242 1 10 Has started last seven games at 1B for the Vols2B 8 Khayyan Norfork Sr. .339 4 37 Has hit .301 w/ 7 HR, 62 RBI, 40 SB in two years at UT3B 13 Matt Duffy Sr. .316 6 37 Has hit .310 w/ 10 HR, 78 RBI in two years at UTSS 12 Zach Osborne Jr. .342 1 19 Second all-time at UT with 20 career sac buntsLF 33 Josh Liles Sr. .262 0 22 Needs 5 hits to become 15th UT player with 200CF 1 Andrew Toles Fr. .263 1 23 20 SBs are the third-most ever by a UT freshmanRF 20 Drew Steckenrider So. .229 0 1 Saw first action at the plate at Vanderbilt (4/29-5/1)DH 12 Charley Thurber Jr. .248 2 12 Hit .500 (5-for-10) at LSU after missing 14 games

    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 L, 16-57 Sat. *Mississippi State L, 5-38 Sun. *Mississippi State (SS) L, 5-210 Tue. MTSU W, 5-411 Wed. at MTSU L, 12-313 Fri. *at LSU (CST) L, 9-014 Sat. *at LSU (CSS) L, 8-115 Sun. *at LSU L, 15-517 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 will close out the 2011 campaign this week with a four-game homestand. The

    Volunteers will open with a Tuesday night tilt against Belmont at 7 p.m. before welcoming Auburn to Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a three-game set, Thursday through Saturday. The first two games are set to start at 6 p.m. and first pitch for the series finale will be at 2 p.m. Prior to Saturdays contest, the Big Orange will honor its five seniors Rob Catapano, Matt Duffy, Tyler Horne, Josh Liles and Khayyan Norfork.

    Tennessee was 1-4 last week, splitting a home-and-home midweek series with Middle Tennessee State before dropping a trio of contests at LSU in Baton Rouge. Junior Charley Thurber returned to the lineup after missing 14 games with a wrist injury and immediately made his presence known, hitting safely in all three games of UTs series at LSU. The Elmira, N.Y., native was 5-for-10 (.500) on the weekend with a double, three RBIs and three stolen bases. After going 1-for-3 in the series opener, Thurber recorded a pair of hits in the second game against the Tigers with a single to center and a double high off the wall in right. He also stole his second base of the season. The 6-4 outfielder was even more impressive on Sunday, collecting two more hits, driving in three runs and swiping a career-best two bags.

    In the series finale against the Tigers, Liles played in his 184th collegiate contest, placing him in a tie with Stevie Daniel (1999-2001) for the 10th most in Tennessee history. Freshman Andrew Toles stole his 20th base of the season in that same game, tying him with Lar Gilligan (1989) for the third-most ever by a UT rookie.

    For the most up-to-date information on Volunteer baseball, visit www.UTSports.com/baseball and follow @Vol_Baseball on Twitter.

    SCOUTING THE BRUINSBelmont enters its Tuesday night tilt at Tennessee with a 29-23 overall record after dropping two of the

    three contests at home to Florida Gulf Coast last weekend. The Bruins staved off a sweep with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. They are an even 10-10 on the road this season.

    Senior Nate Woods has been impressive in pulling double duty for Belmont this season. At the plate, he leads the squad with a .358 batting average and ranks second with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs. He also has a team-high 17 doubles and has swiped eight bases.

    Woods will get the start on the mound against the Vols on Tuesday night as well. As a pitcher, the 6-6 right-hander is 4-5 with a 7.60 ERA in 11 appearances, including 10 starts. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he has struck out 22 and walked 16 in 45.0 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .313 off of him.

    Backing him offensively will be a trio of long-ball threats in seniors Derek Hamblen and Tim Egerton and freshman Greg Brody. A 6-0 infielder, Brody is hitting .322 with seven home runs and 35 RBIs. Egerton, a transfer outfielder from Columbia State CC, tops the team with 12 bombs and 51 RBIs, while Hamblen, a Plano, Texas, native, is hitting .311 with nine four-baggers, 30 RBIs and a squad-best 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

    BROADCAST INFORMATION

    PROBABLE UT STARTERS Avg. HR RBI Notes

    2011 SCHEDULE (23-27, 5-22)Home: 18-14 | Away: 5-13 | Neutral: 0-0 | Vs. Top 25: 2-10

    Tennessee Volunteers | Lindsey Nelson Stadium

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    TENNESSEE (23-27) vs. BELMONT (29-23)Knoxville, Tenn. Lindsey Nelson Stadium May 17

    TUESDAY, MAY 17 -- 7 p.m. ETLHP T.J. Thornton (1-0, 3.33) vs. RHP Nate Woods (4-5, 7.60)

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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 dire