Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) autographs a head coach Butch Jones poster before the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers News 5/17


Zack Godley struck out a career high 13 batters in his sixth complete game of the year, but Texas A&M starter Daniel Mengden matched him, firing a complete-game gem as the Aggies won the series opener 5-1 on Thursday night.


From Go Vols Xtra

When Lauren Gibson returned to campus last August after her summer USA Softball campaign, she made a couple of promises.

“She came back and told us she was really committing herself to excellence and to do even better than she did her junior year,’’ said Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly.


From the Times Free Press

Orange and white “UT” earrings dangled from her lobes. An orange No. 16 Peyton Manning jersey covered her torso. Her pants were white. Her sandals were orange and white.

So just how big a Big Orange fan is Kimberli Leffew-Kirk?

“I’m 47 years old today and I chose to spend my birthday here,” she said as she stood in line for autographs during Thurday’s Big Orange Caravan stop at the Chattanooga Convention Center. “What does that tell you?”

The increased numbers from last year’s Caravan seem to indicate that Leffew-Kirk is far from the only person in southeast Tennessee who’s crazy about her Vols at the moment.



The seventh-seeded Vols (26-8) collected the doubles point and then picked up singles victories from Jarryd Chaplin on court 4 and Brandon Fickey on court 3 to give the Vols three points and set the stage for Reese, who won 6-3, 7-5.

“Mississippi State is a really tough team,” Tennessee head coach Sam Winterbotham said. “We came out loose in doubles, which was good. We needed to be more relaxed than we were against Clemson (in the last round). I’m proud of them for that. It was great.


From Memphis Business Journal

The University of Memphis Tigers and the University of Tennessee Volunteers will renew the schools’ basketball rivalry.

According to GoVolsXtra.com, University of Tennessee Athletic Director confirmed Wednesday that the schools have “agreed in principle to a four-year home-and-home series in men’s basketball.”

Discussions between the schools for football games are ongoing.



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