WHAT HAPPENED: Tennessee defeated South Carolina 10-4 in front of 2,121 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Friday, using a six-run sixth inning to claim their second SEC series of the year.
The Vols improved to 18-21 overall, 7-14 in the SEC. The Gamecocks fell to 26-19, 9-12.
South Carolina took a 3-0 lead in the first thanks to an RBI triple by senior left fielder Elliott Caldwell and an RBI double by freshman designated hitter Alex Destino. Tennessee answered with two runs in the second inning, however, thanks to an RBI triple by shortstop A.J. Simcox and a clutch RBI single by third baseman Jordan Rodgers after strikeouts by left fielder Christian Stewart and designated hitter Andrew Lee left the Vols in danger of stranding a man on third. Continue reading
Top 8th:Jacob Westphal cruised through an inning of relief. Vols still up 10-4.
Bottom 7th: The Vols loaded the bases in the seventh and added two more runs when first baseman Parker Wormsley singled to left field. to score two runs. Vols go up 10-4.
Top 7th: Kyle Martin doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Elliott Caldwell. Chris Hall made an outstanding play an Caldwell’s fly ball, though, to prevent further damage. Kyle Serrano has now gone through five innings, his longest outing in relief in his career. Tennessee leads 8-4.
Bottom 6th: Tennessee had its best inning of the season in the sixth. Nick Senzel drew a walk to start it. Shortstop A.J. Simcox tried to bunt him over but fouled off two pitches. He then swung away and lined a single to right. Christin Stewart followed with a double to right field that brought in Senzel. Andrew Lee then pounded a fastball off the left center field wall to bring in Simcox and Stewart. Lee moved to third on a swinging bunt by Jordan Rodgers, then scored on a single to left by Chris Hall. Jared Pruiett pinch-hit and singled to center, sending Hall to third base. Hall scored on an infield single by Parker Wormsley. Senzel and Simcox drew walks, with Simcox’s bringing home another run. Christin Stewart struck out to end the inning, but not before the Vols scored six runs to go up 8-3.
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Junior left-hander Jack Wynkoop struck out five batters and scattered seven hits in 8 1/3 shutout innings to lead South Carolina to a 4-0 win over Tennessee on Friday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the first game of a crucial SEC series.
The Vols have lost six straight SEC games to fall to 16-21 overall, 5-14 in the SEC and remain in last place in the conference. The Gamecocks improved to 26-17, 9-10.
South Carolina sophomore catcher Logan Koch hit a two-run home run. Junior second baseman Max Schrock and senior outfielder Elliott Caldwell each had two hits and an RBI.
Tennessee just finished its 14th practice of the spring, the last before Saturday’s 4 p.m. Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium. Full coverage later, but first, some updates.
–The Vols didn’t wear pads in their final practice at Haslam Field, wearing jerseys, shorts and helmets and making obviously limited contact. That allowed more injured Vols to be part of the process, and some who missed all of spring, including linebacker Jakob Johnson, wore jerseys for the first time in the session.
— Many of the injured players appear to be making progress. Wide receiver Jason Croom, who tore an ACL late last season, jogged around the field Tuesday without much discomfort.
— Redshirt freshman Charles Mosley wore an orange jersey, the color worn by the defense, but he spent most of the portion of practice open to the media working with the offense. Tennessee coach Butch Jones has said he will work with the defense at the Orange and White Game. Continue reading
From UT sports info
“Okay, practice number 13, I thought a very productive day. Had some individuals step up. I thought Josh Smith had his best practice that he has had all year, catching the football, route running, so that was great to see. We moved Charles Mosley to the offensive line today from the defensive front just to see what Charles could give us. Very, very productive day. He will play defensive line in the spring game but we wanted to get some stuff on video and continue to evaluate what is his best position. But just like Charles, every day, just wants to help the team win and play any p osition that he can possibly play.” Continue reading
Butch Jones was asked on Vol Calls on Monday night how he would handle the Orange and White Game. Instead of being a straight four-quarter scrimmage, Jones said, “I like to call it more of a spring event.”
“We need everyone to come out,” Jones said. “… It helps in recruiting. It helps, we’re going to be on national television. We’ll mix some things, some individual competitions like we’ve done. Circle of Life. Some special teams. We’ll do some situations and we’ll play football as well. … It is going to be a challenge but we’ll make an event out of it.”
From UT sports info:
“I apologize a little bit for my voice. But very productive day, again, thank you to our students to coming out. Student appreciation day. Anytime you can get into Neyland Stadium, try to simulate game-like conditions, game speed repetitions, people in the stands, crowd noise, it is very, very beneficial in moving forward and to see how your players will respond. We worked a lot on kicking game today but also situational football, two-minute drill, get the ball back, red zone, goal line, different situational football aspects that occur throughout the course of a season. So productive day. I thought our defense did a very good job of keeping the offense out of the end zone for the most part, particularly in the red zone situational where offensively on the flip side of it we need the touchdowns. Like we talk about, third down in the red zone is a four point play, whether you give up a touchdown or have to kick a field goal. I thought it was valuable teaching moments, we will come back on Monday and continue to learn from the situational football aspect of things.
“Again, a big thank you to our student body. Most universities student attendance is down but at Tennessee, ours is up. We talk about all being in it together so to be able to share the day with them, I know it was rewarding, not just for our coaching staff but for our players as well.”
(On scripting out the end of practice)
“No we scripted it out a little bit and kind of ad-libbed, have some fun with them. That is what it is all about. We are `One Tennessee.’ We are all in it together so to be able to have some fun with them, that was great. I always like sitting back and kind of watching our players interact with our students as well.”
(On his skills on the microphone)
“I am working to take John Brice’s job. So we will see how that goes. He is very overpaid so I am working on that. Just doing it overtime, it has really been self-preservation with my voice but the ability to communicate with everyone on the field.” Continue reading
Junior left fielder Kai’ai Tom went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI to lead Kentucky to a 5-3 win over Tennessee on Saturday in Lexington to sweep the series against the Vols.
Tennessee has lost six straight and falls to 15-20 overall, 5-13 in the SEC. Kentucky improves to 22-16, 8-9. The Vols have won just one of the six SEC series they’ve played in so far and they have been swept twice.
Kentucky second baseman Javon Shelby went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Right fielder Dorian Hairston went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Tennessee shortstop A.J. Simcox went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Catcher David Houser and Jordan Rodgers drove in runs in the ninth to allow the Vols to cut in to what had been a 5-1 deficit, but Kentucky held on.
Tennessee just finished its 12th practice of the spring session. Full coverage later, but first, some updates.
— Sophomore defensive back Rashaan Gaulden was held out for his second straight practice. He was wearing a wrap on his right wrist. Tennessee coach Butch Jones said after practice that Gaulden had surgery on the hand and will be out approximately six weeks. Jones wouldn’t say specifically what was wrong with the hand, but said that the good news was that the injury was “not tendon-oriented.”
“It’s something that he played through last year,” Jones said. “I think it set back his development a little bit in the weight room, but to his credit he played through it. Really did some good things this offseason. He was able to gain valuable repetitions in the spring, which he needed. He had a very, very productive spring for us. He’s going to be a very good spring for us. Love what he brings to the table.
Junior right-hander Dustin Beggs held Tennessee to one run in eight innings to lead Kentucky to a 3-1 win over the Vols on Friday night in Lexington.
The Vols fell to 15-19 overall, 5-12 in the SEC. Kentucky improved to 21-16, 7-9.
Beggs struck out eight batters and scattered five hits. Left-hander Zach Logue pitched one inning for the save.
First baseman Evan White drove in a run with a double in the third, then scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Ka’ai Tom. Tom drove in another run with an infield single in the seventh.
Tennessee right-hander Bret Marks gave up three runs, but only one was earned. He struck out eight batters in 6 2/3 innings. Left fielder Christin Stewart doubled in the ninth and came home from third on a double play for the Vols’ only run of the game. It was also the Vols’ only run of the series so far.