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Daniel Beasley (2005-07)
Don Campbell (1970:away)
Ted Carson (1981)
Steven Capezzutto (1989)
Steve Daniel (1999-01)
Glenn Ford (1965)
Jim Gillen (1971:away)
Brad Greene (1993-1995)
David Horne (2012)
Chad LeGate (2002-04)
Steve Long (1969-1970:home)
Gary Mashburn (1974-1975:home)
Matthew Myers (1996-1997)
Joe O'Brien (1973:home)
Matt Ramsey (2009-11)
Todd Rechenbach (1985-1986)
Mitch Sims (1982-1983)
Rod Sitton (1987-1988)
Eric Smith (1998)
Mike Smithson (1975-1976:away)
Wayne Talley (1966)
Jonathan Watkins (1991-1992)

#28 MIKE SMITHSON
1974-76 | RHP | 6-8 | 215 lbs. | Centerville, Tenn. (Hickman County)


Mike Smithson was one of the best to ever toe the rubber in Knoxville. Over his career, Smithson wore No. 5, No. 28 and No. 42 with the Volunteers. A native of Centerville, Tenn., the 6-foot-8 Smithson was recruited and earned a basketball scholarship at the University of Tennessee. He played for Coach Ray Mears for three season with the likes of Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld. Smithson appeared in 16 basketball games for the Vols, netting 31 points and pulling down 25 rebounds over his career.

Playing catch one day, Smithson was spotted by UT baseball head coach Bill Wright, who asked him to try out for the freshmen team. Smithson obviously made the squad and went on to set multiple records for the Orange and White. He is the Vols' current leader in career winning percentage on the mound (Min. 14 decisions) with a 13-2 record and .867 winning percentage. His .800 (8-2) winning percentage in 1976 is tied for 10th in the Vols' single-season annals. He also picked up seven complete games that season, good for sixth in the record books. He earned All-SEC Eastern Division honors that season.

A fifth round draft pick by the Red Sox in the 1976 amateur draft, Smithson went on to play eight seasons in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. He compiled 76 wins, a 4.58 ERA, 41 complete games and 731 strikeouts in 1,356.1 innings pitched. Smithson won the 1987 World Series with the Minnesota Twins.

The Vol For Life was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 and named to UTs's All-Century Team in 2009.

MORE NOTES ON SMITHSON
- Played three seasons with the Tennessee basketball team under Coach Ray Mears
- Did color commentary for the Nashville Sound AAA team
- Current Athletic Director of Hickman County High School
 
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Mike Adler (1982-1983)
Jeremy Cabbage (2003)
Jeff Campbell (1975:home) (1976&1978)
Mike Campbell (1979-1980)
Ryan Case (2000-01)
Wendell Clowers (1970:away)
Bruce Downing (1971:home)
Mike Duvall (1969:home)
Jim Fry (1981)
Fred Grubbs (1984-1985)
Chase Headley (2004-05)
Landon Hessler (1996)
Jim Hutchison (1970-1971:home)
Kendrick Jones (1993) (also WR/KR on the football team)
D.J. Leffler (2008-10)
Jason Marr (1997)
Gary Mashburn (1972:home)
Kevin O'Leary (2012)
Pat Palmer (1986-1987)
Mac Petty (1965)
Donnie Ross (1998-1999)
Steve Speed (1966)
Jose Vazquez (1991-1992)
Mark Wylie (1973:home)
Tommy West (1974:home) (football TE and former Clemson and Memphis State Football HC)

#27 Chase Headley
2004-05 | 3B | S/R | 6-2 | 200 lbs. | Fountain, Colo.

After excelling on the diamond at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., during his freshman year in 2003, Chase transferred to Tennessee and played two seasons for the Volunteers. A native of Fountain, Colo., Headley started all 54 games at third base for Pacific, batting .330 (including a 16-game hitting streak) with three home runs, 26 RBI and a slugging percentage of .464.

In his first season at Tennessee in 2004, Headley started at five different positions and finished the season with a .295 average, two homers and 23 RBI. The Vols got off to their best start in program history in 2004, starting the campaign 29-5. The squad cooled down the stretch before being eliminated by UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Regionals. That summer, Chase played in the distinguished Cape Cod League for the Cotuit Kettleers and was named Team MVP after hitting .242 with three doubles, three homers and 17 RBI in just 36 games.

The 2005 season in Knoxville was a special one, not only for the Vols, but for Headley as well. The junior finally settled in at third base and with the help of fellow future big-leaguers Julio Borbon, J.P Arencibia and Luke Hochevar, Headley took the Vols back to the College World Series for the first time since 2001.

Statistically, Headley led the Southeastern Conference in batting average with a .387 clip. He also led the league in runs scored (82) and on-base percentage (.530). He was named a third team ABCA, Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball All-American and earned first team ABCA All-Sout Region and All-SEC honors. Headley's name is all over the 2005 single-season record books, setting the walks record with 63 walks that season. He's also second in on-base percentage (.530), third in runs scored (82), fifth in extra-base hits (41), total bases (164) and games played (67).

Headley also excelled in the classroom. He was named a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American and All-District IV in 2005.

After two seasons with the Vols, Headley was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB draft and he's been in their organization until 2014, spent a few years (part of 2014 through 2017) with the Yankees, and is back with the Padres in 2018. He made his MLB debut on June 15, 2007. In 2012, Headley led the National League in RBI and won the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Awards with the Padres. He finished fifth in the NL MVP race.

He returned to Rocky Top in 2010 as a guest speaker at the team's annual Leadoff Banquet and again after his stellar 2012 season. Headley was named a member of Tennessee's All-Century Team in 2009.

THROWBACK NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- While off the field, he enjoys skiing, hunting and fishing
- Graduated Valedictorian from Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colo.
 
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Jack Bailey (1981)
Mike DiFelice (1989-1991)
Michael Flax (2013)
Rick Gordon (1971:away)
Chase Hardin (2005-06)
Tim Harvey (1979:home) (1980)
Tony Hopper (1966)
Jimmy Lee (1969-1970:home)
John Lombardi (1985)
Brian May (1992-1994)
Jonathan McLuhan (1995-1996)
Ryan Moffett (2000-02)
Tanner Moore (2008)
Justin Parker (1998)
Andrew Plunkett (2014-2015)
Nick Powell (2012)
Jack Reynolds (1977:home)
Richard Rodriquez (1982-1984)
Carl Suter (1971:home)
Derek Tharpe (2003-04)
Dom Thorton (2017)
Brandon Trammel (2018)
Aaron Tullo (2009-10)
Brad Tunnell (1986-1988)
Bob Whittlesey (1974:home)
Dave Williamson (1965)

#26 MIKE DIFELICE
1989-91 | C | 6-2 | 205 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Bearden)

A local product out of nearby Bearden High School in Knoxville, Mike DeFelice's was a letterman on Rocky Top from 1989-91. He jumped into the spotlight during the 1990 season, during which he ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in hitting (.353), home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.624).

The catcher earned second-team All-SEC honors that year and went on to finish his career with a .308 batting average, 123 hits, 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. His Tennessee pitching totals included a 3-1 record and four saves.

DiFelice was selected in the 11th round of the 1991 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals and would go on to play a part in 13 seasons for nine different teams. DiFelice finished his MLB career with a lifetime .236 batting average with 28 home runs, 167 RBI, 368 hits, including 83 doubles over 550 career games.

During his 13 years in the big leagues, DiFelice caught for the Cardinals, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers.

On February 5, 2009, DiFelice was named the manager of the Rookie-level Kingsport Mets in Kingsport, Tenn., where he spent multiple seasons. He was recently named the pitching coach for the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League.

DiFelice was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 29, 2007, becoming the 16th all-time inductee and the first to have played under head coach Rod Delmonico. He was also named a member of Tennessee's All-Century Team in 2009.

THROWBACK NOTES ON DIFELICE
- Born in Philadelphia, Penn.
- At-bat song in the MLB was 'You've Got Another Thing Comin' by Judas Priest
- Made MLB debut on September 1, 1996
 
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Billy Aldridge (1975:away)
Brad Bradshaw (1974:away)
Justin Branson (2003)
Jason Carruth (1993)
Spencer Clifft (2010)
Craig Cobb (2004-07)
Neal Dulling (1982:away)
Clint Factor (1989)
Tommy Hammett (1971:home) (1972)
Bryant Harris (2016)
Rick Honeycutt (1973:away)
George Hunt (1970:home)
Richard King (1991-1992)
Mark Kirkland (1981)
Doug Kunicki (1999)
Jimmy Lee (1970:away)
Zack Linginfelter (2017-???)
Jeff Lockwood (2008-09)
Steve Maples (1965)
Tony McGaha (1986-1988)
Frank Petrella (1969:home)
Hobie Powell (1982:home) (1983)
Adam Smith (2000-02)
Gary Stooksberry (1973:home)
David Turner (1984-1985)
Scott Vieira (1994-1995)
Carter Watson (2011-12)
Jonathan Youngblood (2015)
#25 Craig Cobb
2004-07 | RHP | 5-9 | 180 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut)

A local product out of baseball powerhouse Farragut High School in Knoxville, Craig Cobb was a letterwinner on Rocky Top from 2004-07. Starting his career as a short reliver, Cobb quickly jumped into the starting rotation just six weeks into his college career. He wrapped up his rookie season with a 3-5 record, but his record was deceptive as the Vols scored four total runs in his final four starts (all losses). In his rookie year, Cobb became the first Vol to throw three straight complete games since UT legend R.A. Dickey did so in 1996.

Cobb started 15 games and pitched 99.1 innings as a sophomore, finishing the season with a 7-4 record and a 4.53 ERA. He was moved into a setup role for the start of his junior campaign but was needed back in the starting rotation midway through the season and eventually moved into the No. 1 starter's slot. Cobb finished the season with a 9-3 record, a team-best 3.31 ERA and garnered ABCA All-South Region honors.

Tennessee's lone senior in 2007, Cobb led the Vols with eight wins and capped a distinguished career by establishing himself as a prominent fixture in the school's all-time records book.

When it was all said and done, Cobb closed out his four-year career holding the school record for appearances (85) and ranking second in wins (27), second in innings pitched (383.0), third in games started (48), tied for fifth in complete games (12) and seventh in strikeouts (214). He was also a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.

THROWBACK NOTES ON COBB
- Led Farragut HS to the 2003 Class AAA State Championship and No. 2 national ranking
- Enjoys golf as an off-the-field activity
 
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Mark Batchko (1974:home)
Jeff Baumtrog (1999)
Greg Brown (1991)
Judson Brownell (2000)
Bryce Christensen (1994-1995)
Jim Cumby (1966)
Neal Dulling (1981) (1982:home)
Rob Fitzgerald (2003-05)
Wes Grout (1972:away)
David Hamilton (1973)
Alex Harper Cook (2016-17)
Steve Hembree (1971:away)
Andrew Lee (2015)
Alphonso Martin (1984-1985)
Gary Mashburn (1974-1975:away)
Greg McMichael (1986-1988)
Brandon Miller (1992-1993)
Bryan Morgado (2007-10)
Jack Reynolds (1976, 1978-1979) (1977:away)
Chris Snyder (1989-1990)
T.J. Thornton (2011-12)
Ron Widby (1965)
Danny Wiltz (2006)

GREG MCMICHAEL
1986-88 | RHP | 6-3 | 215 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Webb)

Another local product out of the Webb School of Knoxville, former Tennessee right-handed pitcher Greg McMichael was a letterwinner on Rocky Top from 1986-88. McMichael started his career with the Volunteers as a reliever but quickly moved into the starting rotation.

Over his 43 appearances at Tennessee, including 24 starts, McMichael compiled nine wins, four complete games and tallied a pair of saves in 151.1 innings of work. He also struck out 94 over his three-year career.

As a junior in 1988, McMichael led the team with six wins and a 3.41 ERA. He earned the Mike Smithson Most Valuable Pitcher Award that season.

McMichael was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Indians in 1988 and embarked on an eight-year Major League career that saw him play for the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics from 1993-2000.

In 1994, he was selected to the Topps Rookie All-Star Team and finished runner-up in the rookie of the year balloting. He then helped the Braves reach the World Series in both 1995 and 1996, with Atlanta winning the MLB title in 1995. In all, McMichael finished with a 31-29 record and 3.25 ERA in 453 MLB appearances, all out of the bullpen.

After retiring in 2001, McMichael opened a training facility where he teaches young pitchers how to play the game. Greg and his wife, Jennifer, have five children, and make their home in Johns Creek, Ga.

The righty returned to Rocky Top in 2005, when he was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame, and again in 2010, serving as a guest speaker at one of the Vols' in-season luncheons.

THROWBACK NOTES ON MCMICHAEL
- Traveled with Athletes in Action baseball team across Europe while at UT
- Named Knoxville Player of the Year in 1985 while at Webb
- Brother of former Vol football linebacker Jeff McMichael (1981-81)
 
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Wyatt Allen (1999-01)
Mark Batchko (1976)
Shawn Bennett (1998)
Jamie Bolinger (1984-1987)
Forrest Bramlett (2014)
Fred Carr (1992-1993)
Richard Carter (2012)
David Chennault (1982-1983)
Jimmy Gaylor (1975:home)
Cody Grisham (2008-10)
Randy Helton (1977-1979)
Brody Hendrix (1991)
Pat Lenahan (1970:away)
Jeff Lockwood (2007)
Jim McBride (1965)
Hunter Mitchem (2011)
John Parscal (2003)
Casey Simpson (1990)
Lance Smith (1994-1995)
Carl Suter (1973:home)
Zach Warren (2015-2017)
Riley Watkins (2018-???)
Sean Watson (2004-06)
Tommy West (1974-1975:away)
Mike Wise (1981)

#23 WYATT ALLEN
1999-2001 | RHP | 6-4 | 200 lbs. | Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)

Coming to Knoxville from the Nashville suburb of Brentwood, former right-handed pitcher Wyatt Allen was a letterwinner at UT from 1999-2001 and helped lead the Volunteers to the 2001 College World Series.

Allen made 19 appearances as a freshman, compiling a 1-2 record and 38 strikeouts over the 43.2 innings pitched - the fifth-most on staff. As a sophomore in 2000, Allen made seven starts and went 4-3 on the year with a 4.19 ERA. He logged the third-most innings on staff with 53.2 and averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while holding opponents to a .233 batting average.

Allen had a big impact on the Vols' run to the 2001 College World Series. The junior posted a team-best 10-3 record with two complete games and and impressive 110 strikeouts over a team-high 104.1 innings. His 110 sit-downs led the Southeastern Conference in 2001 and is a mark that currently ranks just outside the top 10 in the single-season records. He picked up the last win of the 2001 season for the Vols, pitching eight strong innings in a 10-2 win over USC in the College World Series. He held the Trojans to just six hits and two runs, while striking out five and walking just one.

Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (39th overall) of the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft, Allen finished his UT career ranked 10th all-time in strikeouts with 203. He was also named the team's Mike Smithson Most Valuable Pitcher in 2001.

Allen played six seasons of minor league ball from the Single-A to Triple-A for the White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates' organizations. He won 19 games, had an ERA of 4.33 and struck out 319 in 443 innings pitched.

THROWBACK NOTES ON ALLEN
- Attended Brentwood Academy where he posted a 8-2 record with a 2.13 ERA for the Class 2A State Champions
- Also hit .413 for the Eagles
- Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of high school in the 32nd Round

I think Wyatt won the game versus MTSU's Brazelton in the in the 2001 Knoxville NCAA Regional (on the way the 2001 CWS).
 
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Billy Aldridge (1975:home)
Bill Butler (1976-1978)
Scott Clifford (1983)
Travis Copley (1995-1998)
Jordan Czarniecki (2002-03)
Jordan DeJong (2000)
Mark Diez (1982)
Stuart Driscoll (1971:home)
Robbie Edgerton (1974:home)
Doug Elting (1981)
Martin Evans (2004)
Paul Fletcher (1991-1992)
John Hammett (1967)
David Houser (2014-2015)
Thomas Kincer (1999)
Joe O'Brien (1972:home)
Bill Oden (1973:away)
Jeff Owen (1984-1987)
Frank Petrella (1969:away)
Randy Rapshus (1979-1980)
Duane Schriver (1966)
Ryne Simpson (2008-09)
Alex Sink (2005)
Brett Stambolian (2001)
Mike Theodore (2010)
David Tiller (1965)
Bubba Trammell (1993-1994)
Steve Treadway (1988-1990)
Don Varner (1969:home) (1970)
Matt Waldren (2016-2017)
Mark Wylie (1974:away)
Andy Yates (2011)

#22 BUBBA TRAMMELL
1993-94 | OF | 6-3 | 205 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Central HS)

A teammate of Tennessee great Todd Helton at Central High School in Knoxville, Bubba Trammell attended junior colleges Roane State Community College and Cleveland State Community College in Tennessee before coming back to his hometown of Rocky Top.

In his first season in 1993, the junior earned First Team All-SEC honors after leading the team with a .383 batting average and 12 home runs. His batting average ranked fourth in the league that season, and he was second in the conference with a .679 slugging percentage. Trammell, who started all 51 games before having his season cut short in early May with a season-ending broken ankle, was the team leader with 27 multi-hit games and led UT in both homer and RBIs at the time of his injury.

Trammell swung his way to second-team All-America status (NCBWA) during Tennessee's 1994 SEC Championship season. The senior hit .354 with 53 RBI and 10 home runs while starting all 56 games for the Vols in the outfield.

Over his two-year career, Trammell posted a .368 average, drove in 105 runs, bashed 22 home runs and finished his career with a .635 slugging percentage. His career batting average ranks ninth all-time in the UT record books, while his slugging clip sits eighth on the all-time list.

The Knoxville native was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 11th round of the 1994 MLB Draft and went on to play seven seasons at the Major League level. Trammell, who made his debut for the Tigers on April 1, 1997, also played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and New York Yankees. He was a member of the Mets' 2000 World Series team, which lost to the Yankees in five games. Trammell was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in the series.

The former Vol was named to Tennessee' All-Century Team in 2009.

THROWBACK NOTES ON TRAMMELL
- Full name is Thomas Bubba Trammell
- Named after Bubba Wyche, a former Vols QB
- Won the 1990 Class AAA State Title with a 31-0 record at Central HS
 
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21 DAYS!!
Dennis Bakenhaster (1984)
Harold Baker (1990)
Ethan Bennett (2011-12)
Trevor Bettencort (2014)
Brad Blizzard (1987)
Brad Bradshaw (1974:home) (1975-1977)
Ricky Burnett (1974:away)
Domonick Cammarata (2015-2016)
Blake Forsythe (2008)
Ethan Gilliam (2018-????)
Cal Gobbell (2017)
Greg Hammer (1979-1980)
John Hammett (1965)
Jack Keene (1997)
Mike Lawler (1967)
Chad Maddox (2007)
Todd Martin (2003-04)
Jeff Meizlik (1966)
John Neal (1988-1989)
Greg Oldacre (1981)
Kurt Scott (1998-00)
Joey Seaver (1985-1986)
Andy Shuford (2009)
Wayne Spain (1970-1971:home)
Matt Sternberg (2001-02)
Greg Stooksberry (1971:home)
Larry Tinsley (1982-1983)
Bobby Tucker (1972-1973:home)
Brian Van Kirk (2006)
Alan Walden (2010)
Mark Wylie (1973:away)
Jimmy Young (1969-1970:away)

#21 BOBBY TUCKER
1970-73 | OF | 5-11 | 180 lbs. | Memphis, Tenn.

A Memphis native, Bobby Tucker starred for the Volunteers from 1970-73, earning first team All-America honors by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a senior and garnering All-SEC acclaim all four seasons (three times as an outfielder and once as a first baseman). He is the only four-time All-SEC honoree in program history.

He finished his career with the third-highest batting average in school history at .389 and slugged 34 home runs, a record that stood for the next 20 years. Tucker hit .400 with 13 home runs and a .800 slugging percentage during his senior season, guiding the Vols to a 20-15 record and second place SEC East finish.

A member of the UT Baseball All-Century Team, Tucker holds the program record in career slugging percentage (.721) and ranks fourth in batting average (.389), fifth in home runs (34) and eighth in RBI (147). He also holds UT's freshman batting average record (.406).

Tucker was also a standout in the classroom during his time in Knoxville, earning Academic All-American status in 1972 and 1973 and landing on the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 1971-73. He is also a member of the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame.

He was a 15th round selection by the Chicago White Sox in the 1973 MLB Draft and went on to play in the Minor Leagues for three seasons with the organization. The Tennessean represented the United States in the 1972 Baseball World Cup in Managua, Nicaragua.

Sadly, Tucker passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at his home in Cordova, Tenn. He was 62.

NOTES ON TUCKER
- Led the NCAA in home runs per game in 1973 with 0.37 (13 HR in 35 games)
- Led the SEC in home runs in 1973 with 13
- Played in the minors for the Knoxville Sox, Appleton Foxes, Iowa Oaks and Mexico City Diablos Rojos
 
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Jeremy Brown (1998-00)
Ron Cincera (1997)
Gary Cooper (1967, 1969)
Kentrail Davis (2008-09)
Chris Freeman (1993-1994)
Phil Garner (1970:home)
Doug Hecker (1991-1992)
Jeremy Kemp (2001-04)
Mike Lincoln (1996)
Mark Lundin (1989)
Pat Murphy (1980)
Bill Oden (1974-1975:home)
Lee Payne (1988)
Steve Pinkham (1976:home) (1977-1979)
Dave Rutherford (1970-1971:away)
Kevin Scruggs (1990)
Mac Stalcup (1965-1966)
Drew Steckenrider (2010-12)

#20 Kentrail Davis
2008-09 | OF | 5-9 | 200 lbs. | L/R | Theodore, Ala.

A Theodore, Ala., native, outfielder Kentrail Davis burst onto the scene in Knoxville as a freshman in 2008. Davis earned four separate Freshman All-America honors - a Tennessee first - after leading the Vols in nine offensive categories and claiming the team Triple Crown by pacing the club in batting average (.330), home runs (13) and RBIs (44). He logged four multi-homer games and led the Vols with 21 multi-hit games.

Davis was a second-team All-SEC selection and unanimously named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He was the only freshman in the country to be named one of 50 semifinalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. He was also among the first of 12 players in the nation to accept an invitation to USA Baseball's 2008 National Team Trials. Davis made the squad for the first time after leading the team in nine different offensive categories during the 2008 National Team Trials. The freshman hit .450 with 11 runs, six homers, 19 RBI, a .925 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage with Team USA. Davis was also just Tennessee's second freshman since 1980 to lead the team in batting average.

Davis started 53 games in center field and two as the designated hitter as a sophomore, finishing tied for third on the team with 18 multi-hit games and drove in multiple runs in eight games. He hit .308 in his second season with nine home runs, 30 RBIs and 12 doubles. He was one of just two Vols to start all 55 games. Davis also graced the Interstate 40 billboard during his time and had his own bobblehead.

He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (39th overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft, becoming UT's 15th First-Round Draft pick. Davis has worked his way up the ranks in the Brewers' organization, playing for the Brevard County Manatees (A+), Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single-A), Huntsville Stars (Double-A) and most recently the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A) in 2013. He played in 49 games for the Sounds this season, hitting .270 with two home runs, 14 RBIs, three triples, seven doubles, 53 total hits and 27 runs scored.

NOTES FROM DAVIS' BIO
- Full name is Kentrail Latron Davis
- Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th Round out of high school
- Was featured in Baseball America as 2007 Louisville Slugger/BCA High School Player of the Year for the state of Alabama

#20 Christin Stewart
2013-14 | OF | 6-0 | 205 lbs. | L/R | Lawrenceville, Ga.

3 time Minor League Player of the Year in the Detroit organization.

MLB debut on September 9, 2018.

Tigers’ Christin Stewart was impressive during his brief time with the club

CAREER HONORS

Named First Team All-SEC outfielder (May 18, 2015)
Selected to 2015 Midseason Golden Spikes Award Watchlist (April 9, 2015)
Tabbed NCBWA Hitter of the Week (April 7, 2015)
Named SEC Player of the Week after hitting .500 with one triple, three home runs, six runs scored, and 10 RBIs over four games (Arkansas State on April 1, 2015 and Ole Miss on April 3-5, 2015)
Tabbed as 2015 Preseason All-American by four outlets (Perfect Game, Louisville Slugger, D1Baseball.com and Baseball America
Selected to 2015 Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List
Named to 2015 Preseason All-SEC Team
Earned 'Best Hitter' honors with USA CNT at Haarlem-Honkbal Week in the Netherlands (2014)
Earned 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Batting Title-Hit .383 with 12 doubles, 16 RBIs and a .605 SLG to lead the team
Named 2014 Preseason Top 50 Player by Baseball America
Named to 2014 All-SEC First Team

2015 - JUNIOR

Stewart appeared in 50 games for the Vols in 2015, hitting .311 with eight doubles, two triples, 15 homers, 47 RBI and 39 runs scored.
Blasted two homers against Mississippi State; going 3-for-3, recording five RBI and four scored runs (May 15).
Notched a double, one RBI and scored a run in the series opener against Arkansas on May 8.
Went 2-for-4 in the series finale against Texas A&M, driving in two runs, scoring once, and hitting his thirteenth homer of the season (May 3).
Hit a double to drive in a run and scored once in the series finale against South Carolina (April 26).
Went 2-for-4 against South Carolina on April 25.
Blasted two homers in a 3-for-5 outing, recording five RBIs and three runs in Tennessee's 14-7 victory over ETSU (April 21).
Went 2-for-3 in the series finale at Kentucky on April 18.
Hit his second double and scored once in a 1-for-2 outing at Kentucky (April 17).
Knocked his tenth home run of the season against Missouri, going 2-for-4 and recording three RBIs (April 9).
Added his second stolen base, a RBI, a run and a hit in the series finale at Ole Miss (April 5).
Registered his second triple of the season, driving in a run, at Ole Miss on April 4.
Notched a home run and three RBIs in a 2-for-3 outing at Ole Miss (April 3).
Had a record game at Arkansas State, hitting two home runs in three at bats resulting in five RBIs (April 1).
Scored once and drove in an RBI on one hit against Vanderbilt (March 28).
Recorded one home run, two doubles, five RBIs and four runs on four walks and three hits in nine at bats against Georgia (March 20-22).
Batted .345 against Austin Peay, going 2-for-3 (March 17).
Went 4-for-11 in the series at Florida, hitting two homers, two RBIs and scoring three times.
Hit a RBI single versus Morehead State (March 11).
Knocked a ball out of the park against East Tennessee State on March 10 for his third home run of the season.
Registered a 3-for-4 outing in the series finale against Grand Canyon, driving in two RBIs and scoring once (March 8).
Hit his second home run of the season against Grand Canyon in the series opener (March 6).
Went 3-for-12 with a double, homer, four runs scored and four RBIs during the series at UC Irvine (Feb. 27-28).
Posted his first multi-hit effort of the season going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored against Lipscomb (Feb. 20).
Went 2-for-8 with a double, triple, stolen base and two RBIs during the season opening series at Florida International (Feb. 13-15).

2014 - SOPHOMORE

Played in all 54 games for the Vols, starting all 54 games in left field.
First Tennessee player since 2009 to earn All-SEC First Team accolades.
Became the 11th player in program history to win the team "Triple Crown" by leading the Vols with a .330 batting average, five home runs and 39 RBIs.
Paced the squad with 45 runs scored, 72 hits, 19 doubles, six triples and a .541 slugging percentage.
Posted his career high eleven-game hitting streak (March 8-28) in which he was 16-for-44 (.364) with three doubles, one triple, one homer, four walks, six RBIs, two stolen bases, and seven runs scored.
Ripped four hits, including a double and a triple, to go with five RBIs and four runs scored in the Vols' 20-2 win over Purdue on Feb. 16.
Went 1-for-4 with homer, two runs scored, one walk, and three RBIs in a 9-4 win over Quinnipiac (March 2).
Came back the next game and posted a 3-for-4 effort with a homer, two runs scored, and one RBI in a 14-0 victory over La Salle (March 4).
Hit his third homer of the season in an 8-7 victory over Austin Peay (March 18).
Went 5-for-12 (.417) with one double, one triple, five runs scored and three RBIs in the series against Vanderbilt (April 4-8).
Posted his second four-hit game of the season going 4-for-4 with one double, one walk and one run scored against Western Carolina (April 16).
Had a big week (April 16-20) going 10-for-18 with one triple, two doubles, two walks, five runs scored and three RBIs against Western Carolina and Alabama.
Recorded his sixth consecutive multi-hit game going 2-for-5 at LSU (April 27).
Hit an impressive .464 (13-for-28) with three doubles, one triple, one walk, nine runs scored and four RBIs during his six game multi-hit streak (April 19-27).
Knocked an SEC-leading, bases-clearing triple and collected four RBI in the Vols' 8-2 win over Kentucky on May 2.
Went 2-for-7 with a home run and two RBIs in the club's extra-innings victory over Morehead State on May 13, marking his fifth and final homer of the year.
Recorded a five-game hit streak to end regular season play, going 8-for-26 (.308) with one homer and two RBIs during that span (May 11-17).
Went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Vols' SEC Tournament matchup against Vanderbilt (May 20) in Hoover, Ala.
Hit .276 with two home runs and five RBIs in seven games with the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod League (Summer 2014) prior to being selected as a USA Baseball Collegiate National Team participant.
Became the 20th Tennessee player to be a part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
Led the Collegiate National Team in batting (.500), hits (14), doubles (7), homers (2) and RBI (11) in their preseason action.
Earned "Best Hitter" honors while playing for Team USA during Haarlem-Honkbal Week in the Netherlands, hitting .455 with four RBIs in seven games (six starts) on the club's primary designated hitter.
Led Team USA in multiple offensive categories over the summer, including batting (.383), hits (31), doubles (12), total bases (49) and slugging (.605). His 16 RBIs also ranked second-best on the team.

2013 - FRESHMAN

Appeared in 46 games as a freshman, including 43 starts (24 in RF, 19 as the DH).
Wrapped up his rookie season hitting .310 with eight doubles, two triples and three home runs.
Led the team in RBI (27), multiple RBI games (7) and tied for the team lead in home runs (3).
Finished the season tied for second on the team in walks (21) and triples (2).
Made collegiate debut on February 15 at UNLV going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
Opened his collegiate career with a bang, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run at UNLV on Feb. 15.
Finished the weekend against the Rebels with a .400 average (6-for-15), five runs scored, four RBI, three walks, a double, a triple and the longball.
Gave the Vols a 5-4 victory in 10 innings over Western Kentucky on March 13 with a bases-loaded, walk-off hit by pitch.
Recorded the first SEC hit of his career at Alabama on March 15 before adding a double in a 7-6 win the following day.
Went 2-for-2 with a double and a triple in series finale at Missouri (March 23).
Posted a 2-for-3 effort with a home run and two RBI in the series finale vs. Ole Miss (April 21).
Picked up a three RBI day in a 12-3 win over Arkansas State (May 8), going 2-for-2 with a home run.
Closed his rookie season with five hits in a series against Texas A&M (May 16-18).

HIGH SCHOOL

Graduated from Providence Christian Academy where he was coached by Adam Cantrell.
Launched 69 home runs during his prep career, tying current MLB player Micah Owings for the Georgia state career record and finishing just shy of the national record of 75.
Also broke Owings' single-season record with 26 longballs in 2011 as a junior.
Named the 2011 NCSAA Varsity Baseball National Player of the Year after his record-breaking season.
As a senior in 2012, he hit .460 with 15 home runs, 37 RBIs, 43 runs and 51 walks.
His efforts helped lead Providence Christian Academy to a 27-12 record and the 2012 Class A state championship, the first in school history.
Named to the 2012 MaxPreps Small Schools All-America Team.
Tabbed as the 2012 Gwinnett Daily Post Co-Player of the year.
As a junior, hit .500 with 26 home runs, set a Gwinnett County record with 70 RBIs, scored 65 runs and stole 13 bases, while guiding the Storm to the state championship series.
Added 13 home runs as a freshman and 15 more as a sophomore.
Listed as the nation's 324th-best prospect and 25th-best player in Georgia by Perfect Game.
 
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Max Bartlett (2016-2017)
Jay Bass (1976:away)
Mike Carlsen (1989-1990)
Wendell Clowers (1969:away)
Gerald Cooksey (1966)
Hunter Daniel (2011)
Samuel Davis (2012)
Mike Demster (1970-1971:away)
Matt Duffy (2010)
Travis Exum (1994-1995)
Dick Gourley (1965)
Shawn Griffin (2007)
Matt Hansen (1992-1993)
Doug Haws (1970-1971:home)
Eric Henderson (1998)
Luke Hochevar (2003-05)
Rick Honeycutt (1973:home)
Mike Huskisson (1974)
Jimmy Johnson (1980-1982)
Peter Lenstrohm (2014-2015)
Kent Matthews (1976:home) (1977)
Jeff Owen (1983)
Richard Price (1967)
Gunnar Ricketts (2018)
Rod Riley (1984-1986)
Joey Rosas (2008-09)
Greg Roth (1987-1988)
Wayne Spain (1969:home)
Gary Stooksberry (1972) (1973:away)
Robert Wright (1978-1979)

#19 Luke Hochevar
2003-05 | RHP | 6-5 | 215 lbs. | R/R | Fowler, Colo.

Hochevar completed his three-year career as one of Tennessee's all-time most-decorated players. The right-hander posted a 15-3 record with a 2.26 ERA while leading the Vols to the 2005 College World Series and winning the Roger Clemens Award as the nation's best collegiate pitcher during his junior season. During UT's postseason run, Hochevar was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 40th overall pick in the MLB draft.

His 15 victories tied for the NCAA lead that season and also tied for first in UT's single-season record book. A consensus first-team All-America honoree (Baseball America, Louisville Slugger, Sports Weekly, NCBWA), Hochevar was also a finalist for the 2005 Golden Spikes and Brooks Wallace awards.

The SEC Pitcher of the Year's 154 strikeouts in 2005 set a new single-season record for a UT pitcher. A pair of injuries cut short his sophomore campaign, during which he fashioned a 4-2 record and a 2.86 ERA. He won six games as a freshman in 2003 and owns a final career record of 25-10 with a 3.05 ERA.

When Hochevar left the mound for the final time as a Vol (fittingly, in Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium), he ranked ninth in career ERA, tied for 10th in games started (33), fourth in innings pitched (280.1) and second in strikeouts (287).

In the summer of 2004, Hochevar joined the USA Baseball National Team and notched a win in the gold medal game of the FISU II World University Baseball Championship against Japan. During his summer stint with the American squad, he posted a 2.73 ERA in 33.0 innings with 38 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Hochevar was drafted 40th overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 but did not sign. The Kansas City Royals then made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft after he spent that spring playing independent ball with the Fort Worth Cats.

Hochever made his Royals' debut on Sept. 8, 2007 at the age of 23. Hochever, who started for the team from 2008-12 and successfully moved into a bullpen role last season, has totaled 43 wins, a 5.10 ERA, five complete games and 613 strikeouts in 841.1 innings pitched. Hochevar recently signed a 1 yr/$5.2 million deal with the Royals for the 2014 season.

NOTES ON HOCHEVAR
- Spoke at the 2010 Tennessee Baseball Leadoff Banquet
- Last UT pitcher to throw a 1-hitter (at Auburn on 3/18/2005)
- Brother Dylan played one season at Tennessee in 2009
- Father played professional basketball with the Denver Nuggets in 1979
 
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PHIL GARNER (1969:home) - RETIRED
Jason Adams (1998-1999)
Eddie Agnew (1979:home)
Cody Brown (2006-09)
Bill Butler (1975:home)
Jason Cox (1992)
Dale Garner (1980)
Brian Gates (2000-01)
Wayne Graf (1976-1977:home)
Jon Massey (1983-1984)
Tom McFarling (1988-1990)
Don Miller (1967)
Jeff Morris (1981)
Kyle Norrid (2003-04)
Steve Pinkham (1976:away)
Ron Powell (1985-1986)
Joe Randa (1991)
Gary Robinson (1974:home)
Jay Sadlowe (2002)
Pete Torgerson (1987)
Bob Whittlesey (1973:home) (1974-1975:away)

#18 PHIL GARNER
1968-70 | INF | 5-10 | 180 lbs. | R/R | Jefferson City, Tenn.

A native of Jefferson City, Tenn., Phil Garner transferred to Bearden High School in Knoxville for his high school career and earned a scholarship at the University of Tennessee. During his three-year career with the Vols, Garner was a two-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and the 1969 NCAA home run leader with 12.

Primarily a middle infielder, Garner finished his career with a .296 batting average, 17 home runs, 73 RBIs and 91 total hits.

Following the 1970 season, three Vols wound up being selected in the first round of the 1971 January regular and secondary phases of the major league draft. Pitcher Steve Raines, outfielder Sam Ewing and Garner all signed professional contracts. Garner was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the third overall pick in the draft and went on to make his MLB debut on Sept. 10, 1973. He played 16 seasons for five different teams, including the A's, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. He finished his major league career with over 1,500 hits and won the World Series with the 1979 Pirates.

Garner began his career as a manager with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1992. He coached there for eight seasons then joined the Detroit Tigers from 2000-02. Garner then coached the Houston Astros from 2004-07, leading the club to the 2005 World Series.

He was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995 - a member of the first class - and then later inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Garner returned to Rocky Top in 2009 to have his No. 18 retired and be named a member of Tennessee's All-Century Team.

NOTES ON GARNER
- Played in three MLB All-Star Games
- Led the SEC with 35 RBIs in 1970
- Garner actually wore four different numbers while at UT
 
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Josh Allman (2012)
Grant Betler (2008)
Jim Boyce (1987-1988)
Rob Catapano (2010-11)
Brian Cleveland (2003-04)
Rick Colbert (1976:away)
Will Curtiss (1998-01)
Conner Darling (2017-2018-???)
John Darlington (1994-1995)
David Dupree (1992)
Sam Ewing (1969:away)
Clayton Gant (2009)
Nick Gates (1969:home) (1970)
Jeff Glover (1984-1986)
Larry Grigsby (1967)
Greg Johnson (1972:home)
Nicholas Kulp (2005)
Derek Lance (2014)
Terrance McDermott (1991)
Richard Price (1965)
Eric Reichenbach (1989-1990)
Gary Rivers (1976&1978:home)
Gary Robinson (1974-1975:away)
Tom Schaughency (1979:home)
Steve Searcy (1983)
Ryne Simpson (2006-07)
Kendall Stiles (1980-1982)
Grey Strang (1972:away) (1973)
Jacob Westphal (2015-2016)
John Yarbrough (1974:home)

#17 Brian Cleveland
2003-04 | SS | 6-1 | 185 lbs. | R/R | San Jose, Calif.

A native of San Jose, Calif., shortstop Brian Cleveland transferred to Tennessee after playing two seasons at the junior college level in California. Cleveland tore it up out west, hitting .401 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs as a sophomore in 2002, and batting .469 as a freshman. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 36th round of the 2001 MLB Draft, but chose to continue his college playing days.

Cleveland started all 53 games he played at shortstop in 2003, finishing the campaign hitting .271 with seven doubles, two triple, four home runs and team-high 32 RBIs. He added nine sacrifice flies, tying for the SEC lead and a school record held by Todd Helton. Continuing a long line of Vols to play in the Alaska Baseball League, Cleveland suited up for the Anchorage Bucs that summer. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 49th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, but chose to return to Rocky Top for his senior season.

With the help of Cleveland and future Major Leaguers Chase Headley and Luke Hochevar, the Vols opened the year 29-5 - the best start in program history - but cooled down the stretch before being eliminated by UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Regionals. During the ride, Cleveland hit .281 with a team-high six home runs, 43 RBIs and 17 doubles. The senior was the only Vol to start all 62 games that season. The shortstop earned the Phil Garner Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004.

Cleveland was drafted for the third time, this time by the Florida Marlins in the 16th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He went on to play three seasons in the Marlins' organization at multiple levels. Cleveland suited up for the Jamestown Jammers (A-), the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A), the Jupiter Hammerheads (A+) and the Carolina Mudcats (AA) from 2004-06. He hit .256 with 12 home runs, 53 doubles, 94 RBIs and 32 stolen bases over the three seasons.

NOTES ON CLEVELAND
- Holds the SEC Tournament single-game record with eight assists vs. Arkansas (5/26/2004)
- Majored in sport management at Tennessee
- Earned SEC Academic Honor Roll acclaim in 2004
 
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Eddie Agnew (1979:away)
Billy Aldridge (1976-1978)
Blake Berger (2011)
Brian Bibee (2008)
D.D. Cannon (1991-1992)
Curt Cornwell (1980-1983)
Sonny Cortez (1996-1998)
Scott Dean (2006-07)
Larry Fielder (1966)
Mason Forbis (2009-10)
Bill Gould (1965)
Rick Hartman (1988-1989)
Bronson Heflin (1993-1994)
Jeff Hostetler (1990)
Bobby Huddleston (1999)
Jimmy Lee (1969:away)
Eric Opron (1984-1985)
Joel Schroeder (1979:home)
Alex Suarez (2003-05)
Corky Terhune (1974:home)
David Tiller (1967)
Jacob Westphal (2015-2017)
Steve Wieland (1969:home)
Dan Wilson (2002)
Andy Yates (2012)

#16 Alex Suarez
2003-05 | DH/1B | 6-0 | 200 lbs. | R/R | Miami, Fla.


A native of Miami, Alex Suarez attended Florida International University as a freshman. He hit .326 for the Panthers, with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 27 RBIs while playing 47 games. He made 34 starts, stole 10 bases and recorded a 13-game hitting streak during the season.

Suarez transferred to Tennessee and played the following season for the Vols. He appeared in 43 games, including 35 starts (34 as DH). He batted .299 with one home run and 15 RBIs, but saw his numbers increase to .311 with eight RBIs in SEC play.

Suarez had a breakout junior season in 20014, earning second team All-Southeastern Conference honors after leading the Vols in batting average (.330) and on-base percentage (.416). He ranked third in the SEC and led UT in hit-by-pitches (16), collected 15 doubles, three homers and 32 RBIs. Suarez played in 59 games, making 45 total starts (43 at DH and two in RF). The junior was named the team's Steve Searcy Most Improved Player in 2004.

The 2005 season was certainly one to remember for the Vols. Tennessee posted a 46-21 overall record and behind future big-leaguers Luke Hochevar, Chase Headley, Julio Borbon and J.P Arencibia made it to the College World Series in Omaha for the first time since 2001. Moving to first base, Suarez batted .245 with 13 doubles and 31 RBIs. He also led the team with an impressive 23 hit-by-pitch - the second most in UT single-season history. Suarez actually holds the Tennessee career record for total hit-by-pitch with 42, which he did in just three seasons. The senior also tied for the team high with 11 sacrifice bunts.

After graduating from UT in 2005, Suarez went undrafted in the 2005 MLB Draft. He was coming off three surgeries on three different areas of his right arm. However, the former Vol found his way back into baseball and was promoted in 2018 to director of international pro scouting; assistant director of player development and international amateur scouting. Suarez previously served as an assistant director of player development and international scouting.

NOTES ON SUAREZ
- Full name is Alejandro Manuel Suarez
- Nickname is A.M.
- Graduated with a degree in political science
 
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Chuck Barclift (1979-1980)
Trey Bridges (2003-05)
Jason Clabo (1997-1998)
Tommy Cox (1973:away)
Mark Cummings (1974-1975)
Jarred Frazier (2006-09)
Zack Godley (2011-12)
Allen Gray (1969:home)
John Hodgson (1965)
Jim Hutchison (1973:home)
Raymond Jackson (1991)
Chuck Kinzel (1978:home)
Clint Littlejim (1990)
Nathan Maggio (2014-2015)
Steve Maples (1966)
Gary Mashburn (1972:away)
Mark McClain (1985-1989)
Jeff Morris (1982)
Will Neely (2016-2019)
Joe O'Brien (1970-1971:home)
Pat Palmer (1984)
Adam Priest (1992-1994)
Terry Raymond (1972:home)
Jim Thayer (1967)

In total, just 24 Vols have worn the Orange and White No. 15. Flashback to the early 1970s it was sported by former Vol and current member of the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame, Joe O'Brien.

#15 JOE O'BRIEN
1971-73 | RHP | R/R | 6-1 | 200 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn.

A native of Knoxville, former right-handed pitcher Joe O'Brien played at Tennessee from 1971-73. The Vols' ace earned SEC All-Eastern Division honors in both 1972 and 1973. He led the Vols in strikeouts all three years he took the mound.

In 1972, O'Brien set the school's single game record with 20 strikeouts against Maryville on May 9, 1972. The record still stands today. It is also a UT team single game record. O'Brien also posted the seventh-best ERA in Vols' single season history in 1972, finishing the season with a mark of 1.95. He pitched seven complete games that same season, which ranks sixth in UT's record books.

In 1973, O'Brien recorded nearly one third of Tennessee's total strikeouts (63 of 196) and actually registered the first recorded no-hitter in UT history. On March 30, 1973, O'Brien went all 7.0 innings, striking out six of the 22 total batters he faced. Only a first-inning error kept O'Brien from recording a perfect game. Bobby Tucker's three-run home in the fifth inning was the game-winning hit.

For his career, O'Brien ranks eighth all-time with a 2.99 ERA and is tied for fifth with 12 complete games.

O'Brien was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 22nd round of the 1973 MLB Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the organization, pitching with the Rocky Mount Phillies (A) and the Reading Phillies (AA). He posted a 13-6 record with a 2.32 ERA, one complete game, five saves and 94 strikeouts in 132 innings pitched.

O'Brien was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 and later named to UT's All-Century Team.

NOTES ON O'BRIEN
- Full name is Paul Joseph O'Brien
- Led the Vols in innings pitched every year of his career
- Also wore numbers 22, 28, 32 and 38 while at UT
 
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Billy Aldridge (1976:away)
Charles Black (1976:home) (1977-1978)
Drew Bowlin (2006)
Don Campbell (1969-1970:home)
Brett Chappell (2003-04)
Steve Crnkovich (2008-10)
Peter Derkey (2017)
Chip Drobnie (1987)
John Eberlein (1985)
Robbie Edgerton (1975)
Jeff Foster (1991-1993)
Jerry Hays (1980)
Paul Heissenbuttel (1974)
Nick Hernandez (2007)
Luke Hudson (1996-1998)
Greg Johnson (1972:away) (1973)
Austin Knight (2019)
Darryl Lowe (1965-1966)
Shawn McDonnell (1990)
Tony Myers (1981-1984)
Joe Nadeau (1995)
Jerod Peper (2011)
Greg Riddle (1986)
Tyler Schultz (2014-2016)
Steve Speed (1967)
Kendall Stiles (1979:home)
Gary Stooksberry (1971:home)
Bob Whittlesey (1972:home)
Nick Woods (2018)

#14 Luke Hudson
1996-98 | RHP | R/R | 6-3 | 195 lbs. | Fountain Valley, Calif.

One of many Vols to hail from the West Coast, Luke Hudson's first season on Rocky Top was in 1996. In his freshman season, Hudson went 5-0 and finished the year with a 3.91 ERA. He started nine games, amassing 57 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.

As a sophomore, Hudson started 12 games for the Vols, finishing the season with a 6-2 record and a 4.12 ERA. He struck out a career-best 77 batters and had two complete games over 83.0 innings of work.

Making 12 starts as a junior, Hudson posted just a 4-3 record with a 6.82 ERA. He added one more complete game and 68 strikeouts in his last season as a Vol.

With a 15-5 overall career record, Hudson ranks ninth in career winning percentage at Tennessee with a mark of .750.

Hudson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft, but was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. He made his debut for the club on July 1, 2002 at age 25. Hudson won 10 games with the Reds over the course of three seasons, compiling a 4.92 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 139.0 innings pitched.

After being released by the Reds, Hudson was signed by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He pitched two seasons for the Royals and racked up seven wins, a 5.37 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 104.0 innings pitched.

In and out of minor league stints, Hudson struck out a whopping 694 batters and allowed just 278 base on balls.

NOTES ON HUDSON
- Drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles (5th round)
- Has four sisters and three brothers
- Majored in sport management
 
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Jared Allen (2012)
Josh Alley (2003-05)
Benny Beazley (1978-1979:home) (1980)
Hal Bibee (1973-1974)
Hal Bibee, Jr. (1998-02)
Rodney Bonds (1994)
Gerald Boorse (1992)
Ricky Burnett (1975-1977)
Matt Duffy (2011)
Clint Factor (1990)
Ken Folkers (1996-1997)
Jason Franklin (1995)
Larry Hardin (1971)
Jon Ives (1967)
Dean Jones (1991)
Dennis Jordan (1981)
Rudy Kinard (1969:home) (1970)
Todd Kohlbusch (1979)
Danny Lima (2007-08)
Andre Lipcius (2017-2019)
Will Locante (2009-10)
Terry Raymond (1972:away)
Bill Roberts (1983)
Steve Searcy (1984-1985)
NICK Senzel (2014-2016)
Wayne Spain (1969:away)
Pete Torgerson (1986)
Bob Williams (1972:home)

#13 Steve Searcy
1983-85 | LHP | L/L | 6-1 | 190 lbs. | Knoxville, Tenn. (Central HS)

An all-district player out of Central High School here in Knoxville, Steve Searcy came to the University of Tennessee in 1983. Searcy went 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA as a rookies, starting six games and appearing in 11. He struck out 19 over 34.2 innings. His 2.60 ERA is Tennessee's single-season record for the category (min. 30 innings pitched).

An injury on the Vols' roster put Searcy in the No. 1 pitching spot as a sophomore, and he delivered. He led the team in wins (9), ERA (2.45), appearances (16), starts (12), complete games (7), innings pitched (95.1) and strikeouts (74). His 95.1 innings were at the time a school record. He was part of a combined no-hitter in 1984, blanking Tusculum for an inning. Five Vols combined for the no-hitter in the 13-0 UT victory. Searcy earned All-SEC Eastern Division honors as a sophomore.

Searcy posted a team-leading five wins as a junior to go along with a 4.65 ERA. He struck out 40 in 60 innings pitched that season.

The Knoxville native was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 1985 MLB Draft. After minor league stints, he made his pro debut on August 29, 1988. Searcy would pitch four seasons for the Tigers before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw two seasons in Philadelphia. Serving primarily as a reliever, Searcy finished his pro career with six wins, a 5.68 ERA and 140 strikeouts over 187.0 innings pitched.

Searcy was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. UT's Most Improved Player Award is also named after Searcy.

NOTES ON SEARCY
- Majored in sociology at Tennessee
- Was 13-1 at Knoxville's Central H.S.
- Nickname is "Searse"

#13 Nick Senzel
2014 | INF | 6-1 | 205 lbs. | R/R | Knoxville, Tenn. (Farragut HS)

Like Searcy, freshman infielder Nick Senzel is a Knoxville product. Playing his high school ball at Farragut, Senzel earned all-state, all-district, PrepXtra first team and All-KIL honors following his senior season. He was also ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the state and the No. 17 second baseman in the nation by Perfect Game. Senzel also earned Rawlings Southeast Region Second Team honors.

He hit a team-high .386 with 42 RBIs, 14 doubles, five home runs and four triples as a senior. He helped the Admirals go 35-9 and claim the District 4-AAA Championship, Region 2-AAA Championship and finish as the TSSAA State Runner-ups his senior season. He won a state title with the Admirals in 2011. Batted .404 with 46 RBIs and eight homers and hit .360 in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

NOTES ON SENZEL
- Full name is Nicholas Peter Senzel
- Lists his father as his biggest sports influence
- Chose Tennessee because it was the best decision athletically and academically
 
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Jamie Bolinger (1983)
Charles Coker (1996)
Shay Coker (1997)
Richard Ernsberger (1975-1977)
Sam Ewing (1969-1970:home)
Lar Gilligan (1989)
Jerry Hays (1982)
Don Howard (1979:home)
Bob Lannom (1965-1966)
Hunter Martin (2016-2017)
Ricky Martinez (2019)
Dave Overbay (1971:home)
Justin Parker (1999-01)
Mike Price (1967)
Michael Rivera (2003-06)
Clark Rose (1987)
Cubb Stokes (1972-1974)
Pat Sullivan (1984-1985)
Wyatt Stapp (2018)
Brian Szilagyi (1990-1992)
Charley Thurber (2009-11)
Bobby Walker (1978:home)
Bruce Walker (1978:away)
Steve Weaver (2012)
Alan Wright (2007-08)
Richie Wyman (1993-1994)

#12 Michael Rivera
2003-06 | INF/OF | R/R | 6-0 | 185 lbs. | Miami, Fla. (Miami Senior HS)

A middle infielder at Miami Senior High School in Miami, Fla., Michael Rivera came to Tennessee for his freshman season in 2003. Rivera immediately found himself in the lineup, starting all 43 games he played. He was forced to miss the final 12 games after injuring his right thumb. Rivera hit .283 as a rookie with two home runs and 26 RBIs. A versatile player, Rivera started 33 games in right field, five at third base, four at first and one at shortstop as a freshman, while hitting anywhere from second to seventh in the lineup.

He posted a .301 batting average as a sophomore in 2004 with two homers and 18 RBIs. He earned SEC Player of the Week honors midway early in the season after hitting .632 (12-for-19) over the course of a week. Rivera played in 54 games, making 42 starts (29 in right field, two at third base and one at second base). He registered 14 multi-hit and four multi-RBI games and recorded a 10-game hitting streak.

Rivera started all 67 games at second base during Tennessee's 2005 College World Series run. He hit a career-best .331 with 81 hits, one home run and 42 RBIs. He posted 25 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. On the base paths, Rivers was 13-for-14 on stolen-base attempts. His only home run of the season was a timely three-run blast during Tennessee's series-clinching win over Georgia Tech in the NCAA Atlanta Super Regional. He had two hits during the season-ending loss to Arizona State in the College World Series.

Rivera served as the team co-captain and started every game of his senior season in 2006, hitting .316 with 67 hits, 36 RBIs and a career-high four home runs. He put together a career-best 12-game hit streak that came to an end May 18 against No. 8 Alabama. Rivera broke the school record for games played when he took the field for the 219th time May 18 against Alabama. The season-finale vs. Alabama May 20 marked his 219th career game, and he doubled to tie Stevie Daniel (1999-2001) for fourth place on the school's all-time hits list with 246 career hits.

Upon Rivera's departure from UT, the only Vols to ever record more hits than him were SEC Players of the Year Chris Burke (2001), Todd Helton (1995) and Jeff Pickler (1998). He left as the school's all-time leader in games played (219) and at-bats (793) and was also second in singles (197).

Rivera was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He went on to play just two seasons in the organization, rising to the top of the Minor Leagues at the Triple-A level. He played in 92 total games in the minors, including 15 in Las Vegas.

NOTES ON RIVERA
- Full name is Michael Antonio Rivera
- Born in Managua, Nicaragua
- Majored in sociology at Tennessee
 
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Dave Overbay (1971:home)
Justin Parker (1999-01)
Mike Price (1967)
Michael Rivera (2003-06)
Clark Rose (1987)
Cubb Stokes (1972-1974)
Pat Sullivan (1984-1985)
Wyatt Stapp (2018)
Brian Szilagyi (1990-1992)
Charley Thurber (2009-11)
Bobby Walker (1978:home)
Bruce Walker (1978:away)
Steve Weaver (2012)
Alan Wright (2007-08)
Richie Wyman (1993-1994)
Any idea why #12 last season, Wyatt Stapp, left? He started a number of games last year, but he’s now at Cincinnati.
 

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