Vols not Kidding around with pitching, scoring runs, 9-2

It was a pretty simple formula for the Tennessee baseball team on Friday against Seton Hall: solid hitting, solid pitching, a few runs here and a few runs there.

The math added up, and the Vols knocked off the Pirates 9-2 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the series opener.

Freshman right-hander Robbie Kidd (1-0, 1.93 ERA) earned the win in 4 1-3 innings of relief. He pitched four innings of no-hit ball, before giving up a hit and an earned run, and getting pulled in the eighth.

Kidd made just his third appearance after starter Drew Steckenrider quickly saw his pitch count shoot up to 76.

"When (UT coach Dave) Serrano told me to go down there (to the bullpen) I wasn't surprised at all, I was ready to go," Kidd said.

Even with his slider not working, Kidd tried to keep it "really simple."

"I thought Robbie settled in, allowed our offense to get in sync, and really was the savior of this game," Serrano said.

Six players scored, and five Vols each had at least two hits as the team tallied 15 hits, while Seton Hall (2-3), the reigning Big East tournament champions, only got six. On a cold, windy evening, Tennessee (5-0) relied on infield hits for production.

"Yeah, everyone gets excited for the ball to go over the fence, but maybe we don't have that capability all the time," Serrano said. "So we're going to have to scratch and claw for everything we're going to get."

With the game tied 1-1 after three innings, UT put up at least one run in every inning after.

"These coaches really praise winning every inning," said third baseman Zach Luther (2-for-3, run, RBI). "They put up a lot of zeros and we put up a lot of runs — one or two each inning — and that's what you need."

Chris Pierce led Tennessee with a 3-for-4 night to go along with three runs.

Steckenrider's offense wasn't failing; he was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. The 6-foot-5 junior, who was named SEC Player of the Week after last weekend, is now 8-for-13 through five games.

Serrano became the first Tennessee coach to reach the 5-0 mark in his first season, and it's the sixth such start in program history for a team that's missed out on the postseason the past four years.

"We want to surprise people," Kidd said. "We like it when people don't expect us to do anything. We like turning heads."

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nomad11 writes:

"Freshman right-hander Robbie Kidd (1-0, 1.93 ERA) earned the win in 4 innings of relief. He pitched four innings of no-hit baseball, but gave up a hit and an earned run before being pulled in the eighth."...sorry, very confusing comment in the article. Regardless though, excellent win by the basevols, keep 'er going. Luv good baseball..fun to watch.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to nomad11:

"Freshman right-hander Robbie Kidd (1-0, 1.93 ERA) earned the win in 4 innings of relief. He pitched four innings of no-hit baseball, but gave up a hit and an earned run before being pulled in the eighth."...sorry, very confusing comment in the article. Regardless though, excellent win by the basevols, keep 'er going. Luv good baseball..fun to watch.

Yeah, kinda threw me off too. Perhaps his 5th inning was when he gave up the hit and run..who knows? The headline also reads 9-1 victory, story reads 9-2. Either way, it boils down to a flat out STOMPING of the DEFENDING BIG EAST CHAMPS. Perhaps that will answer the questions some have with this team and staff. Steckenrider is MLB bound. Dude is a sick pitcher, solid 1st baseman, and a terror with the bat. Much of the production on this team is from young players. Yeah they will hit some bumps and make mistakes in SEC play, but a LARGE portion of this team will play together for sometime. And it should be no surprise that the pithching is good, that's Serrano's thing. His teams have a track record of productive pitching. I'm just pumped to have a GREAT coach and a good baseball team in Knoxville. Every other major city in the state has a minor league team...except Knoxville. I'm not big on driving 30-35 minutes to watch the Severville Smokies when I can drive 12 minutes to watch the Serrano led Vols. IMO, this is a dream come true for Knoxville based baseball fans like me who felt jilted by the city when they let the Smokies leave.

madmax22 writes:

in response to nomad11:

"Freshman right-hander Robbie Kidd (1-0, 1.93 ERA) earned the win in 4 innings of relief. He pitched four innings of no-hit baseball, but gave up a hit and an earned run before being pulled in the eighth."...sorry, very confusing comment in the article. Regardless though, excellent win by the basevols, keep 'er going. Luv good baseball..fun to watch.

The KNS used a freelance contributor. I guess they couldn't afford to send one of the crack reporters out to cover the major sport story taking place in Knoxville on a Friday.

papavol writes:

I don't know a lot about baseball or this team in particular, but weren't they suppose to be really bad according to most poles? Has the competition just been poor?

What kind of team are we working with here?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to papavol:

I don't know a lot about baseball or this team in particular, but weren't they suppose to be really bad according to most poles? Has the competition just been poor?

What kind of team are we working with here?

It's the coach. Don't get me wrong, the players have stepped it up. But under last yrs regime we would be losing to these teams. I'm a huge baseball fan. I can tell you this, football is king here, but there are a TON of baseball nuts in this area too. Things are about to get REALLY fun over at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. 33-22 this yr.

kptarmyvol16 writes:

Sounds like the baseball vols are heading in the right direction under Serrano. Only thing that i am concerned about is that we dont have one outstanding pitcher that throws mid 90's consistently. Steckenrider is a great player don't get me wrong but I like his bat more than i do his arm just my honest opinion. Give it a few years and Serrano will have a couple big time pitchers on the roster! Very excited to have a solid baseball program in Knoxville again!

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

RishIsReborn is right...while some of these guys are a year older and better (Fritts, Pierce, Steckenrider...) this team is actually playing as a team under Coach Serrano...very different (thankfully) from Raleigh!

The KNS's normal beat writer for this season (Austin Ward...who's very good IMO) had/has obligations (I read via Twitter) Friday & Saturday this weekend...thus the "contributor."

Go BaseVOLS!

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to madmax22:

The KNS used a freelance contributor. I guess they couldn't afford to send one of the crack reporters out to cover the major sport story taking place in Knoxville on a Friday.

this is baseball, a minor sport, and a top reporter is not needed to report on a baseball gsme-------a contributor is just fine, baseball isn't rocket science that requires lots of analysis------------this isnt a major story playing Seaton Hall in a baseball game at the beginning of a season, Ace-----if it was that major maybe you would have been there

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

this is baseball, a minor sport, and a top reporter is not needed to report on a baseball gsme-------a contributor is just fine, baseball isn't rocket science that requires lots of analysis------------this isnt a major story playing Seaton Hall in a baseball game at the beginning of a season, Ace-----if it was that major maybe you would have been there

Baseball is important to some poeple and this was a good win over the defending Big East Champion SETON HALL PIRATES. I'm not sure what conference the SEATON HALL that you referenced plays in?

P.S. Baseball isn't going to be a minor sport at UT for much longer, especially once fans realize that it's the Vols best chance to become nationally relevant again. Ask South Carolina fans how minor baseball it there...They have 7,000 plus fans a game there and out draw basketball.

Chappy writes:

in response to papavol:

I don't know a lot about baseball or this team in particular, but weren't they suppose to be really bad according to most poles? Has the competition just been poor?

What kind of team are we working with here?

I think it goes to show what a good coach can do.

10SE writes:

Who hired this coach?

voloffaith writes:

poles or polls? either way it is early and based on current results the season has some promise....more as the 'season turns.'

volstudent24 writes:

in response to 10SE:

Who hired this coach?

Serrano was a Joan Cronan hire. Just like the numerous GREAT hires she has made on the womens side... this is the BEST hire for UT baseball.

eduardo writes:

what a difference a yr makes

givehim6 writes:

As the song said " Give me somthing to believe in." After one of the hardest few years of UT sports I can remember at 48, UT sports was very down. But like a light in the dark baseball is making it's make to turn UT sports around in 2012, good luck diamond Vols on a great season! and hoping 2012 will be the turn around year for UT sports!

Razzle writes:

Vols win today 3-2 in 11.

wigmeister writes:

Hope they can continue their winning ways once they get to league play!

Dalton writes:

There's something cool about having a top notch baseball program....I've heard....we made strides under Delmonico and I believe Serrano will up the ante....and he seems to love this university...all off-hand observations but I'm always optimistic and to overtake smug Vandy fans in this sport would be a bonus

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to kptarmyvol16:

Sounds like the baseball vols are heading in the right direction under Serrano. Only thing that i am concerned about is that we dont have one outstanding pitcher that throws mid 90's consistently. Steckenrider is a great player don't get me wrong but I like his bat more than i do his arm just my honest opinion. Give it a few years and Serrano will have a couple big time pitchers on the roster! Very excited to have a solid baseball program in Knoxville again!

Steckenrider can sling it in the low- mid 90's. Dudes who throw mid 90's with control don't just grow on trees.

kptarmyvol16 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Steckenrider can sling it in the low- mid 90's. Dudes who throw mid 90's with control don't just grow on trees.

I understand that it can be tough finding top notch arms but in order to compete with the South Carolinas getting top notch arms is a must! College baseball is all about having great pitching or having a team that is capable of putting up a lot of runs on any given day. You have at least one of those 2 and you will have a successful season!

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