Coach Dave Serrano put his gratitude to Tennessee baseball fans in writing this week.
Serrano wrote a letter to UT's fan base thanking them for their support in his first season as coach, a season that began better than expected but finished on a losing streak.
"On the field it was a year of ups and downs for us,'' Serrano wrote, "but we are confident that this season will serve as a solid foundation on which to build a highly successful program.''
The Vols won only two of their final 18 games and missed the SEC tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
"We are excited about the future of Tennessee baseball and can't thank you enough for your support and the energy you have brought back to this program,'' Serrano wrote.
"You showed championship effort this season and now it is our duty to catch up to you.
"My ultimate dream is the day when we can all celebrate the return of this program to its rightful spot among the nation's elite.''