Monthly Archives: March 2015

Transcript: Jones discusses Moseley, Dormady, Barnes, other topics

From UT sports info:

(Opening Statement)
“It is good to see everyone. You all have had a busy day today. I would like to start off and officially welcome Coach Barnes to the Tennessee family. Obviously very excited about him being here. Today was obviously critical every practice is critical but really looking at the film from Saturday, had a lot of work to do. We still have a lot of work to do. Still, our toughness is being born, our football identity is being born. We are being challenged right now. Our lack of depth, particularly in the defensive front and at the running back position is really starting to glare right now and it is extremely evident. So it is very challenging of making it through practice, playing with a high level of physicality that we want to play with but we knew this. This is to be expected. Everyday, like I told our football team, they are putting their identity on video. We have identity files where every player has their identity file. They come in and they watch it. Practice four, I thought we did some good things. But no where were we need to be. But that is kind of where we are at with spring football.” Continue reading

Moseley out with mono and other notes from practice Tuesday

Tennessee just finished its fourth practice or the spring period. Full coverage to come, but first, some updates.

— Tennessee sophomore offensive lineman Coleman Thomas and cornerback Emmanuel Moseley were both still out of practice on Tuesday. Thomas was charged with felony theft last week, and Tennessee coach Butch Jones said Saturday that Moseley was being tested for mononucleosis. Jones said Tuesday that Moseley has been tested and has mono. He is expected to miss “a few weeks,” Jones said. Continue reading

Vols down Cincinnati 7-0 in first game of “new season”

WHAT HAPPENED: Tennessee needed just four hits to beat Cincinnati 7-0 in front of 1,644 on Wednesday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, taking advantage of three Cincinnati errors.

The Vols improve to 10-11. The Bearcats fell to 6-16.

The Vols left a runner on third base in the first inning, but wasted very few chances after that. Designated hitter Andrew Lee was hit by a pitch to start the second, and sophomore Nathaniel Maggio followed by crushing a 3-1 fastball over the right field wall to make it 2-0.

Tennessee freshman Brett Langhorne then bunted and reached on an error. Walks to Tennessee juniors Chris Hall and Vincent Jackson loaded the bases for junior A.J. Simcox. Simcox hit a grounder to third that turned into a force out at second base, but Simcox beat the relay throw to first to allow Langhorne to score. Hall kept running in from second and allowed Cincinnati first baseman Ryan Noda’s throw  to skip away from Wallace, giving Hall the plate and making it 4-0. Continue reading

Baseball: Cincinnati at Tennessee

Top 9th: Andy Cox gave up a one-out double, and walked another batter, but center fielder Brodie Leftridge tracked down a drive deep to the right center field gap to end the game. The Vols win 7-0 and improve to 10-11. Cincinnati falls to 6-16. More to come

Bottom 8th: Tennessee went down in order 1-2-3. Cincinnati down to its last bats. Vols lead 7-0.

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Jones concerned about effect of injuries in spring practice

Tennessee will carry much higher expectations into 2015 than in either of coach Butch Jones’s first two seasons on staff, but the Vols begin spring needing to be work hard just to produce functional practices.

Jones began his pre-spring press conference Monday by listing the nine players who will be held out from spring practice because of injuries suffered in the 2014 season. All of them are expected to be healthy by preseason practice in August, but that will still hamper the progress they had hoped to make in spring.

“This spring will present many challenges,” Jones said. “I think it’s a snapshot of where we’re at in our football program in terms of depth. We’re not there yet. We’re still a couple of recruiting classes away. We’re going to be forced to be creative in the way we practice. We’ll really only have five true healthy defensive linemen. Not only does that hurt your development as a defense, but it really sets back your development as an offense in terms of our offensive line and being able to play football, play situational football and do the things it takes to develop an identity and develop a football team in the spring.” Continue reading

Georgia completes sweep of Vols with 10-4 win

WHAT HAPPENED: Georgia completed a three-game sweep of Tennessee with a 10-4 win in front of 2,190 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Sunday.

The Bulldogs improved to 15-9 overall, 3-3 in the SEC. The Vols fell to 9-11, 1-5.

Tennessee sophomore right-hander Kyle Serrano lasted just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo home run to Georgia center fielder Stephen Wrenn to start the first inning, then gave one up to designated hitter Daniel Nichols to start the second.

In the third, Georgia took advantage of more defensive miscues by Tennessee. Serrano covered first base on a bunt by Wrenn to start the inning and failed to cover the bag. Wrenn stole second. Georgia right filder Skyler Weber drew a walk. Catcher Zack Bowers hit what could have been a double-play ball to Tennessee second baseman Nick Senzel, but Senzel bobbled the ball and couldn’t get either out. Nichols then singled up the middle to bring in both runners. Bowers would eventually score on a passed ball, and Georgia second baseman Mike Bell hit a hard grounder to third for an infield single that brought in Nichols that made it 6-0.

The Vols finally got on the board in the fourth with an RBI single by designated hitter Andrew Lee, and left fielder Christin Stewart doubled in a run in the sixth, but the Bulldogs added four runs in the last three innings to put the game away.  Continue reading

Tennessee falls 12-7 to Georgia in error-riddled performance

WHAT HAPPENED: Tennessee committed six errors in a 12-7 loss to Georgia in front of 2,543 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday.

The Vols fell to 9-10, 1-4 in the SEC. The Bulldogs improved to 14-9, 2-3 in the SEC.

The game was clean and scoreless through five thanks to a duel between Georgia left-hander Ryan Lawlor and Tennessee left-hander Drake Owenby. Owenby retired the first 15 batters he faced.

In the sixth, however, Georgia shortstop Nick King opened the inning with a single. Center fielder Stephen Wrenn laid down a bunt, which Owenby fielded, but threw wide of first base, allowing King to Score and Wrenn go all the way to third. Continue reading

Georgia at Tennessee, Game 2

Bottom 9th: Christin Stewart hit a three-run home run, but of course, that wasn’t enough. Georgia wins 12-7. Vols fall to 9-10. More to come.

Top 9th: Georgia scored seven runs in the ninth. There were two errors, and a bunch of hits, and a bunch of other Tennessee mistakes and a list too long to enumerate. One way or another Georgia leads 12-4.

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Georgia edges Tennessee 2-1 in series opener

WHAT HAPPENED: Georgia second-baseman Mike Bell hit a two-run home run to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over Tennessee on Friday night in front of 1,542 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

The Bulldogs improved to 13-9 overall, 1-3 in the SEC. The Vols fell to 9-9, 1-3.

Bell’s home run came in the second inning and the Vols never erased the deficit. Tennessee left fielder Christin Stewart doubled in shortstop A.J. Simcox in the third inning, but the Vols left the bases loaded that inning and also left runners in scoring position in both the fourth and the sixth inning.

WHO MADE IT HAPPEN: Bell was 2-for-3, but his home run was all the scoring Georgia would need thanks to left-handers Jared Walsh and Bo Tucker.

Walsh struck out eight batters and seven innings, pounding the zone with fastballs and getting his usually wild curveball to fall in for strikes. He scattered five hits and walked four batters, but pitched well out of jams.

Tucker never saw a jam. He stepped in in the eighth, spotted his fastball and got the Vols to wave at his curve, striking out all six batters he faced.

Tennessee senior right-hander Bret Marks found a groove after Bell’s home run. He gave up a single later in the second inning, but then retired 20 of the next 22 batters he faced including 12 straight at one point. He threw 47 pitches in the first two innings, but threw just 73 in the last 6 1/3, including a combined 19 from the fourth through the seventh. He said he never felt focused and that he lacked command of his pitches most of the game but still got by throwing the ball across the plate.

WHY IT HAPPENED: Tennessee came in with an offensive game plan and Walsh made it extremely difficult to execute. The Vols planned to sit on Walsh’s fastball believing he’d struggle to get his curveball over the plate. He usually didn’t, and the Vols often found themselves battling from behind in counts. He did have some control trouble with four walks and three hit batsmen, but the Vols never did figure him out. When they got men on base, they didn’t execute, leaving 10 men on including five in scoring position.

Tucker they simply couldn’t touch. He pounded the zone with fastballs and when he brought out the curveball, the Vols could do little but foul it off and never actually put a ball in play.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: This is a series in which the Vols desperately need to make headway. If they don’t win this series, they could find themselves in a major conference hole by the end of the month. After this series, the Vols play road series at No. 4 Vanderbilt, the defending national champion, and Ole Miss, which also reached Omaha last year. Tennessee could’ve really used a sweep, which is now impossible, and they have to win the next two games just to be above .500 overall.