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Today On Rocky Top: Vols Baseball Takes Down Alabama


A laced line drive down the right field line by Vincent Jackson gave Tennessee its fifth walk-off victory of the 2014 season, as the No. 29 Vols rallied from six down to defeat No. 8 Alabama 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,845 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

“I’m very proud of the team,” said head coach Dave Serrano. “I wasn’t so sure about an hour-and-a-half ago that I would be standing here saying that in front of you guys, but boy, we have a way of doing things.

“Like I said to them after, if we’re not learning from the way the game is treating us and the things that are going on then we just aren’t focused. We gave up a 6-1 lead last night and feel horrible at the end of the game. Then it’s 8-2 in the middle innings [today] and I think we were kind of feeling sorry for ourselves a little bit and all of a sudden something just clicked and a lot of good things happened for the Vols. I felt our at-bats started turning and we got more confident. That was a big, big win – a much needed win for this this program to keep us alive in what our dreams of doing are at the end of the year.”


From Fan IQ

For the third time in the past nine years, the Tennessee Volunteers find themselves without a basketball coach.

After Cuonzo Martin‘s surprise exit to California last week, athletic director Dave Hart finds himself in the position of hiring a coach that will help re-energize the fanbase and bring lots of wins and post-season success in the process.

And right now, Hart seems to think that coach is Louisiana Tech’s Michael White.

According to multiple reports, Hart and company are nowputting all their effort into bringing White to Knoxville.

White obviously wouldn’t be the big splash hire (such as Gregg Marshall or Shaka Smart) that most Tennessee fans were probably hoping for, but he would bring a winning background along with him.

The Bulldogs have won a lot of games under White, with the up-and-coming coach winning 71% of his games while at the school. Also included in there were back-to-back regular season championships (one in the WAC and one in Conference USA).

Of course, if White were to indeed take the job, he wouldn’t be the first Louisiana Tech coach in a major sport to leave Ruston for Knoxville.

Vol fans remember the debacle that was the Derek Dooley era in football several years ago, with Tennessee hiring him away from Tech as well.



 No. 4 Tennessee held a 5-4 lead after five frames but Mississippi State exploded with seven runs in the sixth to hand the Lady Vols an 11-7 loss on Easter Sunday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

Tennessee (36-8, 12-6 SEC) scored one run in the third inning, four in the fifth and two in the sixth. Mississippi State (35-15, 7-11 SEC) scored two runs in the third inning, two runs in the fifth and seven in the sixth.
Madison Shipman crushed a pair of home runs in the loss, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs, two walks and three runs scored. Hannah Akamine had a pinch-hit, two-run single in the fifth inning that tied the game at 4-4.
Ellen Renfroe (23-5) took the loss after striking out four and giving up seven earned runs over 4.1 innings. Rainey Gaffin threw two-thirds of an inning and finished with a strikeout and one run allowed. Erin Gabriel struck out two and allowed one earned run in the final two frames.

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