Tennessee Volunteers baseball

The Tennessee Volunteers baseball team represents the University of Tennessee in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Tennessee athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers play all on-campus home games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee Volunteers
2019 Tennessee Volunteers baseball team
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Founded1897
UniversityUniversity of Tennessee
Athletic directorPhillip Fulmer
Head coachTony Vitello
ConferenceSEC
Eastern Division
LocationKnoxville, Tennessee
Home stadiumLindsey Nelson Stadium
(Capacity: 4,283)
NicknameVolunteers
ColorsOrange and White[1]
         
College World Series runner-up
1951
College World Series appearances
1951, 1995, 2001, 2005
NCAA regional champions
1951, 1995, 2001, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1951, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2019
Conference tournament champions
1993, 1994, 1995
Conference champions
1951, 1994, 1995

Stadium

The Volunteers currently play home games at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The facility is undergoing extensive renovations at this time.

Lindsey Nelson Stadium was constructed between 1992 and 1993 seasons at the site of the old facility called Lower Hudson Field. The program had played in past in various locations including Lower Hudson Field and Shields–Watkins Field.

Lindsey Nelson was a Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Tennessee native and university alumnus best known for his work with the University of Tennessee, University of Notre Dame. the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, National Football League and the annual Cotton Bowl Classic.[2]

The playing field was named for Maryville, Tennessee native Robert M. Lindsay in 2007 after a $2 million athletic department contribution by Mr. Lindsay. Mr. Lindsay's father Rus Lindsay played baseball at the University of Tennessee from 1913 to 1916.[3]

The record attendance at Lindsey Nelson stadium is 5,086 for a NCAA Regional championship game against Oklahoma State University on May 28, 1995.[2]

Head coaches

In 2011, after four poor seasons as Head Coach, Todd Raleigh was dismissed. On June 16, 2011 Dave Serrano was officially introduced as the Vols 24th head baseball coach. Serrano returned to the program where he started his first Division I job as an assistant coach between 1995 and 1996. Serrano's first coaching trip to Omaha came with the Vols in 1995 featuring Todd Helton and R.A. Dickey. He is one of only 11 coaches to take two different baseball programs to the College World Series and has a career record of 289-139-1 in seven seasons as a Division I coach. Serrano resigned following the 2017 season.

Coach W-L-T Pct Tenure
D. Aydelott 6-9-1 .406 1897 (1 year)
A.J. Greer No Record 1898 (1 year)
W.R. Harrison No Record 1899 (1 year)
T.R. Cornick 6-5 .545 1900 (1 year)
William H. Newman 8-4 .667 1902 (1 year)
Frank Moffett 90-47-1 .656 1903–05; 07–10; 18 (8 years)
Frank Callaway 5-7-1 .423 1919 (1 year)
James DePree 7-8 .467 1906 (1 year)
Zora G. Clevenger 51-44-3 .553 1911–16 (6 years)
John R. Bender 16-11 .593 1917; 1920 (2 years)
M. B. Banks 38-42-3 .476 1921–26 (6 years)
William S. Harkness 13-27 .325 1927–31 (5 years)
John Mauer 24-23 .511 1939–42 (4 years)
Ike Peel 13-6 .684 1947 (1 year)
S.W. Anderson 49-51-1 .490 1948–52 (5 years)
Bernard O’Neil 54-60 .474 1953–57 (5 years)
George Cafego 49-57-2 .463 1958–62 (5 years)
Bill Wright 408-308-2 .570 1963–81 (19 years)
John Whited 145-109 .571 1982–87 (6 years)
Ronnie Osborne 7-18 .280 1987 (1 year)
Mark Connor 44-65 .404 1988–89 (2 years)
Rod Delmonico 699-396 .638 1990–2007 (18 years)
Todd Raleigh 108-113 .489 2008–2011 (4 years)
Dave Serrano 101-110 .479 2012–2017 (6 years)
Tony Vitello 29-27 .518 2018–present (1 year)

All-time season results

*Through May 21, 2016
*Note: there was no team in 1901; from 1932–1938 and from 1943–1946
Information Source: 2010 Tennessee Volunteers Baseball Media Guide - History section

Player awards

National awards

Sidney Hatfield (1951)
R.A. Dickey (1994)
R.A. Dickey (1994)
Todd Helton (1995)
Todd Helton (1995)
Todd Helton (1995)
Luke Hochevar (2005)

SEC Awards

Luke Hochevar (2005)
Todd Helton (1995)
Jeff Pickler (1998)
J. P. Arencibia (2005)

1st Team All-Americans

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
B.B. Hopkins Third Base 1953 ABCA
Sam Ewing Outfielder 1970 ABCA, SN
Bobby Tucker Outfielder 1973 ABCA
Condredge Holloway Shortstop 1975 SN
Rick Honeycutt First Base 1976 ABCA
Alan Cockrell Outfielder 1984 SN
Doug Hecker First Base 1992 BA
R. A. Dickey Pitcher 1994, 1996 BA, CB
Todd Helton Pitcher/Utility 1994, 1995 NCBWA, ABCA, BA
Jeff Pickler Second Base 1998 ABCA, BA, CB
Chris Burke Second Base, Shortstop 2000, 2001 Baseball Weekly, BA, NCBWA, CB
Luke Hochevar Pitcher 2005 ABCA, BA, CB, NCBWA, Baseball Weekly
J. P. Arencibia Catcher 2006 College Baseball Foundation
Source:"SEC All-Americas". secsports.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.

ABCA: American Baseball Coaches Association BA: Baseball America CB: Collegiate Baseball NCBWA: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Denotes consensus All-American

Notable former players

Todd Helton
Todd Helton

Active Major League Players

Others

See also

References

  1. ^ "Color Palettes | Brand Guidelines". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b UTSports.com
  3. ^ Knoxville News-Sentinel 1/29/2007

External links

1951 Tennessee Volunteers baseball team

The 1951 Tennessee Volunteers baseball team represented the University of Tennessee Volunteers in the 1951 NCAA baseball season. The Volunteers played their home games at Lower Hudson Field. The team was coached by S. W. Anderson in his 4th season at Tennessee.

The Volunteers lost the College World Series, defeated by the Oklahoma Sooners in the championship game.

2018 Tennessee Volunteers baseball team

The 2018 Tennessee Volunteers baseball team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2018 NCAA Division I baseball season. The Volunteers played their home games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The team was coached by Tony Vitello in his first season as head coach at Tennessee.

Bert Rechichar

Albert Daniel (Bert) Rechichar (born July 16, 1930) is a former American football defensive back and kicker who played with the National Football League's Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, and Pittsburgh Steelers from 1952 to 1960. He also played for the American Football League's New York Titans in 1961. Rechichar was the tenth overall pick of the 1952 NFL Draft, selected by the Browns out of Tennessee.

Rechichar held the NFL record for the longest field goal (56 yards) for over seventeen years; while with the Colts in 1953, he broke the previous unofficial record of 55 yards (set by drop kick by Paddy Driscoll in 1924) in a game against the Chicago Bears on September 27. It stood until Tom Dempsey booted a 63-yarder in 1970; since then, at least 12 others have kicked field goals of 60 yards or more, and many others have kicked field goals of 56 yards or longer. His record-setting kick was his first field goal attempt as a professional.

Rechichar also played as an outfielder for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team, helping guide the team to the 1951 College World Series. He later played in the farm system of the Cleveland Indians, reaching as high as Reading in the Class A Eastern League.

Condredge Holloway

Condredge Holloway Jr. (born January 25, 1954) is a former quarterback for the University of Tennessee and later in the Canadian Football League. Holloway was one of the first African-American quarterbacks to receive national exposure. His nickname at Tennessee was "the artful dodger."

Drew Steckenrider

Andrew Paul Steckenrider (born January 10, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB).

George Cafego

George Cafego (August 29, 1915 – February 9, 1998) was an American football player and coach of football and baseball. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Redskins, Boston Yanks. He served as the head baseball coach at the University of Wyoming in 1950 and at his alma mater, Tennessee, from 1958 to 1962. Cafego was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1969.

Jeff Pickler

Jeff Blaine Pickler (born January 6, 1976) is an American professional baseball coach for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. He has also coached for the Minnesota Twins.

Kentrail Davis

Kentrail Latron Davis (born June 29, 1988) is an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, who is currently a free agent. Prior to playing professionally, Davis played college baseball at the University of Tennessee.

Lindsey Nelson Stadium

Lindsey Nelson Stadium is a baseball stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the home field of the University of Tennessee Volunteers college baseball team. The stadium opened in 1993 and holds 4,283 people. The facility is named after Baseball Hall of Fame announcer Lindsey Nelson, who attended the university and founded the Vol Radio Network.Lindsey Nelson Stadium is also the name of a football stadium in Nelson's home town of Columbia. Completed in 1959, it is home field of Nelson's alma mater, Columbia Central High School. It was originally known as Maury County Stadium, and was renamed for Nelson following his death in 1995. It seats 5,000.

In 2013, the Volunteers ranked 38th in among Division I baseball programs in attendance, averaging 1,846 per home game.

Rick Honeycutt

Frederick Wayne Honeycutt (born June 29, 1954) is an American professional baseball coach and retired pitcher. He is the current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. Honeycutt pitched in MLB for six different teams over 21 years, from 1977 to 1997. He pitched in 30 post-season games, including 20 League Championship Series games and seven World Series games, and never lost a game, going 3-0. Honeycutt gave up zero runs in the 1988 and 1990 post-seasons, and was a member of the Oakland Athletics' 1989 World Series championship team.

Rod Delmonico

Rodney James Delmonico (born May 14, 1958) is an American baseball coach. He served as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers of the University of Tennessee from 1990 through 2007, and for the Netherlands national baseball team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Rufus Branch

Rufus Cromwell Branch (July 21, 1890 – 1969) was a planter and businessman. He played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers football team of the University of Tennessee as a quarterback. He was also a pitcher on the baseball team. He was credited with bringing John Barnhill to the University of Arkansas.In 1910, Branch threw a 35-yard pass to W. C. Johnson in the loss to Georgia. He was captain of the 1911 team.

Branch was also a World War I pilot.

S. W. Anderson

Cyrus S. W. Anderson is a former American college baseball coach. Anderson coached the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team from 1948 to 1952, leading the Volunteers to a runner-up finish in the 1951 College World Series.

Sidney Hatfield

Sidney Hatfield (August 29, 1929 - January 25, 2003) was an American baseball player who is notable for winning the 1951 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a junior at University of Tennessee. He is the only person from the University of Tennessee to win the award. During his career he played as first baseman, pitcher and shortstop.

Hatfield graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1954 with a degree in education. After a brief minor league baseball career, he taught at Rule High School in Knoxville, Tennessee for 10 years. After a stint in the United States military fighting in the Korean War, he taught and served as the head baseball coach at Tennessee Technological University for three years. He was also an assistant basketball coach there. From 1968-1976, he served as the University of Tennessee's golf coach, posting a record of 500-253-3. He died of a stroke on January 25, 2003.

Todd Raleigh

Todd Raleigh is a collegiate baseball coach who led the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team for the 2008–2011 seasons. Prior to that position, he was the head coach at Western Carolina, his alma mater.

Tommy Bridges

Thomas Jefferson Davis Bridges (December 28, 1906 – April 19, 1968) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers from 1930 to 1946. During the 1930s, he used an outstanding curveball to become one of the mainstays of the team's pitching staff, winning 20 games in three consecutive seasons and helping the team to its first World Series championship with two victories in the 1935 Series. He retired with 1,674 career strikeouts, then the eighth highest total in American League history, and held the Tigers franchise record for career strikeouts from 1941 to 1951.

Tony Vitello

Tony Vitello (born October 9, 1978) is an American college baseball coach. He is currently the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team. He was announced on June 7, 2017, as the new Tennessee coach.

Waite Field

Waite Field was the original playing surface for Tennessee Volunteers football. It was located on the southeast corner of 15th Street and Cumberland Avenue, where the Walters Life Science Building now stands. The field also was the home venue for Tennessee Volunteers baseball until 1920, when the program moved to Lower Hudson Field.

Zack Godley

Zachary Thomas Godley (born April 21, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Year-by-Year Results
Year Head Coach Collegiate Record Conference Record Winning Percentage Conference Finish
1897 D. Aydelott 6-9-1 .406
1898 A.J. Greer N/A N/A
1899 W.R. Harrison N/A N/A
1900 T.R. Cornick 6-5 .545
1902 William H. Newman 8-4 .667
1903 Frank Moffett 8-10 .444
1904 Frank Moffett 9-5 .643
1905 Frank Moffett 3-5 .375
1906 James DePree 7-8 .467
1907 Frank Moffett 17-10 .630
1908 Frank Moffett 16-3 .842
1909 Frank Moffett 18-5-1 .771
1910 Frank Moffett 11-7 .611
1911 Z.G. Clevenger 10-8 .556
1912 Z.G. Clevenger 7-11-1 .395
1913 Z.G. Clevenger 5-8-1 .393
1914 Z.G. Clevenger 6-6-1 .500
1915 Z.G. Clevenger 10-6 .625
1916 Z.G. Clevenger 13-5 .722
1917 John R. Bender 7-6 .538
1918 Frank Moffett 8-2 .800
1919 Frank Callaway 5-7-1 .423
1920 John R. Bender 9-5 .643
1921 M.B. Banks 10-7 .588
1922 M.B. Banks 5-10-2 .353
1923 M.B. Banks 5-5-1 .500
1924 M.B. Banks 9-9 .500
1925 M.B. Banks 4-5 .444
1926 M.B. Banks 5-6 .455
1927 William S. Harkness 3-9 .250
1928 William S. Harkness 3-9 .250
1929 William S. Harkness 3-5 .375
1930 William S. Harkness 4-4 .500
1931 William S. Harkness 6-3 .667
1939 John Mauer 7-2 1-1 .778 8th SEC
1940 John Mauer 4-9 2-4 .308 10th SEC
1941 John Mauer 7-6 3-3 .538 6th SEC
1942 John Mauer 6-6 1-2 .500 10th SEC
1947 Ike Peel 13-6 5-3 .684 3rd SEC
1948 S.W. Anderson 4-18-1 3-16-1 .196 12th SEC
1949 S.W. Anderson 6-12 5-9 .333 10th SEC
1950 S.W Anderson 8-9 7-9 .471 7th SEC
1951 S.W. Anderson 20-3 16-1 .870 SEC Champions
1952 S.W. Anderson 11-9 11-7 .550 4th SEC
1953 Bernard O'Neil 14-8 6-7 .636 8th SEC
1954 Bernard O'Neil 8-17 4-10 .320 T-11th SEC
1955 Bernard O'Neil 13-8 8-6 .619 6th SEC
1956 Bernard O'Neil 10-13 7-8 .435 6th SEC
1957 Bernard O'Neil 9-14 4-12 .391 10th SEC
1958 George Cafego 2-13-1 1-10 .156 12th SEC
1959 George Cafego 9-9 4-8 .500 6th SEC East
1960 George Cafego 9-13-1 5-12 .413 7th SEC East
1961 George Cafego 15-10 6-8 .600 6th SEC East
1962 George Cafego 14-12 9-7 .538 4th SEC East
1963 Bill Wright 11-15 8-9 .423 5th SEC East
1964 Bill Wright 17-14 8-5 .583 3rd SEC East
1965 Bill Wright 14-10 8-5 .583 4th SEC East
1966 Bill Wright 22-9 11-2 .710 1st SEC East
1967 Bill Wright 14-16 8-9 .467 4th SEC East
1968 Bill Wright 20-12 8-5 .625 2nd SEC East
1969 Bill Wright 19-15 9-5 .559 2nd SEC East
1970 Bill Wright 24-10 12-3 .706 1st SEC East
1971 Bill Wright 15-15-1 7-7 .500 4th SEC East
1972 Bill Wright 19-14 7-6 .576 2nd SEC East
1973 Bill Wright 20-15 9-7 .571 2nd SEC East
1974 Bill Wright 29-15 10-7 .659 3rd SEC East
1975 Bill Wright 32-16 10-7 .667 2nd SEC East
1976 Bill Wright 33-17 15-9 .660 2nd SEC East
1977 Bill Wright 24-24-1 11-12 .500 3rd SEC East
1978 Bill Wright 25-21 11-12 .543 3rd SEC East
1979 Bill Wright 25-22 10-14 .532 4th SEC East
1980 Bill Wright 23-21 6-14 .523 5th SEC East
1981 Bill Wright 22-27 10-13 .449 3rd SEC East
1982 John Whited 29-17 13-9 .630 2nd SEC East
1983 John Whited 26-16 12-7 .619 2nd SEC East
1984 John Whited 27-21 11-12 .563 2nd SEC East
1985 John Whited 26-23 10-13 .531 5th SEC East
1986 John Whited 27-23 10-17 .540 8th SEC
1987 John Whited 10-9 5-18 .526 10th SEC
1988 Mark Connor 21-29 9-18 .420 9th SEC
1989 Mark Connor 23-36 4-23 .390 10th SEC
1990 Rod Delmonico 28-31 9-18 .475 9th SEC
1991 Rod Delmonico 41-19 13-13 .683 7th SEC
1992 Rod Delmonico 35-20 10-14 .636 5th SEC East
1993 Rod Delmonico 45-20 20-10 .692 1st SEC East
SEC Tournament Champions
1994 Rod Delmonico 52-14 24-5 .788 SEC Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
1995 Rod Delmonico 54-16 22-8 .771 SEC Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
1996 Rod Delmonico 43-20 18-12 .683 2nd SEC East
1997 Rod Delmonico 42-19 17-13 .688 T-1st SEC East
1998 Rod Delmonico 36-20 11-17 .643 4th SEC East
1999 Rod Delmonico 28-28 10-20 .500 4th SEC East
2000 Rod Delmonico 40-23 10-18 .635 5th SEC East
2001 Rod Delmonico 48-20 18-12 .705 2nd SEC East
2002 Rod Delmonico 27-28 12-18 .490 4th SEC East
2003 Rod Delmonico 31-24 13-17 .564 4th SEC East
2004 Rod Delmonico 38-24 14-16 .613 5th SEC East
2005 Rod Delmonico 46-21 18-11 .687 2nd SEC East
2006 Rod Delmonico 31-24 11-18 .564 5th SEC East
2007 Rod Delmonico 34-25 13-15 .576 4th SEC East
2008 Todd Raleigh 27-29 12-18 .482 6th SEC East
2009 Todd Raleigh 26-29 11-19 .473 6th SEC East
2010 Todd Raleigh 30-26 12-18 .536 5th SEC East
2011 Todd Raleigh 25-29 7-23 .462 6th SEC East
2012 Dave Serrano 24-31 8-22 .436 6th SEC East
2013 Dave Serrano 22-30 8-20 .423 6th SEC East
2014 Dave Serrano 31-23 12-18 .574 5th SEC East
2015 Dave Serrano 24-26 11-18 .499 6th SEC East
2016 Dave Serrano 29–27 9-21 .536 T-6th SEC East
2017 Dave Serrano 27–25 7-21 .519 7th SEC East
2018 Tony Vitello 29-27 12-18 .518 T-6th SEC East
Year-by-Year Results
Year Record Pct. Notes
1951 4-2 .667 College World Series (Runner-up)
1993 1-2 .333 Mideast Regional
1994 3-2 .600 Mideast Regional
1995 6-2 .750 College World Series (4th place)
1996 3-2 .600 Atlantic Regional
1997 1-2 .333 Midwest Regional
2001 7-3 .700 College World Series (3rd place)
2004 1-2 .333 Kinston Regional
2005 5-2 .714 College World Series (8th place)
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