Vols beat Texas A&M to close out 2013 season in win column

Vols beat Texas A&M to close out 2013 season in win column


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT Sports/WATE) - In a season full of heartbreaks, the Tennessee baseball team closed out the 2013 campaign on a high note, defeating Texas A&M, 7-5, on Senior Day at Lindsey Nelson Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"It is a nice way to go out," UT head coach Dave Serrano said. "I give a lot of credit to our players, they could have showed up and mailed it in. Everything had been taken away from us [in terms] of any opportunity we had. I told our players, that was a character win right there. I will not say that that win builds us into next year because there is a lot of work that we have to do. One win doesn't turn around a season.

"We have a lot of work to do and it starts tomorrow for the coaching staff and the players, guys going out to summer ball. Every one of us has to get better in every facet. This is the last senior class that I want to see leave without a postseason appearance. It really tears me up that this program still hasn't been to Hoover since 2007. There are too many good things in this program to say that and I want to be the one, and this coaching staff wants to be the one, and I hope the players that we have coming back -and there are quite a few of them- want to be the ones that can say we're the first ones to get this program back to where it should be each and every year."

After falling behind by four early on Saturday, the Volunteers responded with six unanswered runs with Scott Price and A.J. Simcox driving in two runs each.

Price finished 3-for-4 in the contest to give him a team-leading .361 batting average for the season, the highest by a UT player since Cody Hawn hit .364 in 2009.

Eric Martin picked up his first career win, throwing 4.0 scoreless innings of relief in which he struck out four and allowed just four hits. It was actually the first decision of his career - win, loss or save - as he was making his team-leading 22nd appearance of the season and 31st of his career.

Trevor Charpie recorded his second save of the year, tallying the final five outs of the game without allowing a hit. The save was the ninth on the season for Tennessee, all of which were recorded by true freshmen.

Prior to the game the Vols honored seniors Zack Godley and Zach Luther, as well as senior student assistants Hunter Mitchem and Andy Yates. Godley got the start in centerfield to open the game before being lifted before the first pitch, allowing him to take a curtain call to put the final touches on a stellar collegiate career.

The Volunteers finish the 2013 season with an overall record of 22-30 and an 8-20 mark in Southeastern Conference play.

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