Zack Godley, Vols hand Kentucky first loss of baseball season, 4-1

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Tennessee outfielder Drew Steckenrider, left, catches a fly-ball on a hit by Kentucky's Thomas McCarthy to end the Wildcats' at-bat during the first inning at Lindsay Nelson Stadium on Friday

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee outfielder Drew Steckenrider, left, catches a fly-ball on a hit by Kentucky's Thomas McCarthy to end the Wildcats' at-bat during the first inning at Lindsay Nelson Stadium on Friday

Zack Godley proved he could bounce back from a loss with his first chance.

Now it’s Kentucky’s turn.

Fresh off picking up the only blemish on his record, the Tennessee junior responded with perhaps his best performance of the season Friday night and added another impressive line to his baseball resume by handling the previously unbeaten, sixth-ranked Wildcats in a 4-1 decision at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

“I kind of like the feeling of giving them their first loss,” said Godley — who lost to Georgia, 10-5, giving up seven runs in four innings last Saturday. “It’s a good feeling, but us winning, period, is a great thing.

“As far as last weekend is concerned, it’s over. There’s nothing I can do about it — I couldn’t do anything but come out and do better.”

The right-hander didn’t do that right away, giving up a couple hits and a run as the Wildcats (22-1, 3-1 SEC) jumped out to a quick lead.

But for the next seven innings, Godley (3-1) was at his finest in allowing just four batters to reach base without allowing a run to give the Vols (13-8, 2-2) a chance to knock off Kentucky at the plate.

It took UT a little while to get that breakthrough, but a lone run to break a fifth-inning tie on a grounder by Zach Osborne and an effective inning in relief by Nick Blount would have qualified as enough support to put Godley back in the win column.

“I really feel every time he gets ready to pitch that we’re going to get a good outing,” Vols coach Dave Serrano said. “It was like he just let (the loss at Georgia) go. It was like no big deal. OK, he didn’t pitch well last week, but this is another week.

“That’s kind of how I want our guys to respond. I want them to have a little amnesia where they just let it go.”

With two more games left in the series with the Wildcats, Serrano might need his players to use that amnesia after a victory as well. And that may be a bit tougher than usual considering the celebration on the field and how memorable a few moments were leading up to it.

Osborne turned in a handful of spectacular defensive plays at shortstop, including a couple in clutch situations late in the game.

Drew Steckenrider made a leaping grab at the wall in left field to end Godley’s last inning of work in the eighth.

And suddenly thrust into the role of closer, Blount delivered exactly what the Vols needed by striking out the first guy he faced and then giving his infielders some action to seal the outcome.

“It’s a good win,” Serrano said. “I’m not trying to minimize it, but it’s not so much about beating the last undefeated team. It’s about beating a team in the SEC and getting to .500 (in the league). That’s the way I look at it. Don’t get me wrong — to know that we’re the first team to beat the last team that was undefeated, that’s special.

“The one thing that I will say is the game can kind of create some mental toughness, and if we’re not getting mentally tough just by some of the situations in games that we’re in, then we’re not paying attention to the details.”

The Vols have had to endure a few of those lessons in losses along the way, including one with Godley on the mound.

But it’s Kentucky’s turn this time.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee baseball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BaseVols_Beat.

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Comments » 38

Xvolfan85X writes:

Great huge win for the BaseVols and Coach Serrano!

VolFaninNiota writes:

Way to go volballers.....giving Ky there first loss of the season......Serrano is a good fit in this young season so far....but still a long season to go.

cwbytruckers writes:

From what i have seen so far this team is playing with so much potential. They look as though they get a little better with each outing. GO BIG ORANGE.

SummittsCourt writes:

Now that is what Volunteer baseball is all about. This would not have happened the last 4 years so Serrano is already paying off!

KNSsports writes:

in response to lakindofguy:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Why would KNS do that?

VOLtage writes:

Watched on line and was very impressed with the Vols. Lets win the series.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to KNSsports:

Why would KNS do that?

becuase history tells us the better story is to dog UT than give them press maybe?

Way to go BAseball Vols, keep it up!

KNSsports (staff) writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

becuase history tells us the better story is to dog UT than give them press maybe?

Way to go BAseball Vols, keep it up!

Thanks for your honesty.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

good, bet you can't do it again x)

papavol writes:

Way to go fellers! My how a coach can change things.

LSG410EC83 writes:

Where are all the Kentucky fans spouting how they are going to beat us in baseball (Scooner whatever his name is) Not much into baseball, but love seeing the Vols win, no matter what. NOW MATTER WHAT SPORT, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

FanNotSheep writes:

Now they know how the football game felt from this side of the ol' Mason-Dixon. Maybe now we can take the series, if not a sweep!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

March 18, 2012
10:57 p.m.

ScoonerTN writes:
The Boys of Summer from Lexington, KY are coming to your town next weekend...

2012 RECORD

KENTUCKY W 21-0
TENNESSEE W 10- L 8

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Funny what coaching can do. Both Martin and Serrano have Big wins against far superior teams. Guess were still waiting for some big wins in football.

PHAT_VOL writes:

What a difference a coach can make!

hcjournals#206623 writes:

First signature win...

Orangeblood13 writes:

atleast this team plays hard from what I hear and read. Living in MIssouri, haven't got to see em. I think most of us Vol fans are clammering for some heart from our programs

Play strong fellas!

DenverVol writes:

Way to go Vols! Huge win. Go get em again today!
Go VOLS!

SevenT writes:

As a Kentucky fan I must say nothing hurts worse than losing the first game of the season to Tennessee!

GO CATS

givehim6 writes:

Good job guys, now lets get one more!

mtnbikrtn writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Now they know how the football game felt from this side of the ol' Mason-Dixon. Maybe now we can take the series, if not a sweep!

There must be a lot of UK fans in Pennsylvania since the Mason-Dixon line is between PA-MD also MD-DE and PA-WV.

KNSsports (staff) writes:

in response to lakindofguy:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

According to our archives, the story from the first game of the doubleheader (a win by Alabama) was posted on the front page at 10:30 p.m. on March 21. It was then updated with UT's victory at 12:23 a.m. on March 22.
No other activity on the front page was registered until 4:16 p.m. on March 22, which means the Lady Vols' victory against No. 1 Alabama was on the front page for nearly 16 hours.
Thanks for reading.
Gregg Hampton, Assistant Sports Editor

walt23tn writes:

in response to KNSsports:

According to our archives, the story from the first game of the doubleheader (a win by Alabama) was posted on the front page at 10:30 p.m. on March 21. It was then updated with UT's victory at 12:23 a.m. on March 22.
No other activity on the front page was registered until 4:16 p.m. on March 22, which means the Lady Vols' victory against No. 1 Alabama was on the front page for nearly 16 hours.
Thanks for reading.
Gregg Hampton, Assistant Sports Editor

Gregg,

I'm personally glad to see a staffer replying to some of these posts. Since you're on here I would like to make a comment/ask a question. Since this is a TN site, we as TN fans are not interested in KY's success with other sports or anything else SEC that doesn't relate to us. We don't like the fact that a large portion of the articles are negative in nature, and we are tired of reading about Lane Kiffin or anybody else that left this program in shambles. Is there anything you can do about that?

SevenT writes:

in response to ScoonerTN:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

It was the first loss of the season for 22-1 Kentucky. Losing to a average Tennessee team under a new UT baseball coach hurts for sure. But you are right it is a 3 game series.

KNSsports (staff) writes:

in response to walt23tn:

Gregg,

I'm personally glad to see a staffer replying to some of these posts. Since you're on here I would like to make a comment/ask a question. Since this is a TN site, we as TN fans are not interested in KY's success with other sports or anything else SEC that doesn't relate to us. We don't like the fact that a large portion of the articles are negative in nature, and we are tired of reading about Lane Kiffin or anybody else that left this program in shambles. Is there anything you can do about that?

Walt23tn,
I/we at KNS understand the fact that you are not interested in what Kentucky does or what any other SEC teams do; you are only interested in Tennessee. But there are other people who do care about things around the SEC, and govolsxtra.com is for those people, too.

Yes, govolsxtra.com's content is primarily about Tennessee - good and bad - but there also is content for people who want news about the SEC and news about people who at one time had a connection with UT.

Govolsxtra.com is run by a news organization, not fans.

- Gregg Hampton, Assistant Sports Editor

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to mtnbikrtn:

There must be a lot of UK fans in Pennsylvania since the Mason-Dixon line is between PA-MD also MD-DE and PA-WV.

Exactly - what kind of moron doesn't know that Kentucky is in the South. This nut must have slept through history class.

orangecountyvols writes:

Walt,

Based on the reply to your inquiry as to the intent of GoVolsExtra............seems the name of the site then should instead be "GOSECEXTRA".

I agree with you in that the 'staff' beat the Kiffin stories into the ground and that several of the 'writers' do tend to over do the negativity with many results of sports pertaining to the Vols.

Is the Journal still operating in K-Town?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Go Big Orange & HBTV!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Funny what coaching can do. Both Martin and Serrano have Big wins against far superior teams. Guess were still waiting for some big wins in football.

They'll come in 2012..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

First the LV's beat hated bammer for their first defeat and now the men beat tucky..I guess they can play a sport with a stick and a ball..HBTV!!

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

Exactly - what kind of moron doesn't know that Kentucky is in the South. This nut must have slept through history class.

"what kind of moron doesn't know that Kentucky is in the South."?
Southern Mississippi morons swear that "ever thang north of 'Vicksburg' is 'damn yankee'"-)

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

Exactly - what kind of moron doesn't know that Kentucky is in the South. This nut must have slept through history class.

I think it's the fact they were neutral in the civil war, giving them the perception of a north of the Mason/Dixon line state..

walt23tn writes:

in response to KNSsports:

Walt23tn,
I/we at KNS understand the fact that you are not interested in what Kentucky does or what any other SEC teams do; you are only interested in Tennessee. But there are other people who do care about things around the SEC, and govolsxtra.com is for those people, too.

Yes, govolsxtra.com's content is primarily about Tennessee - good and bad - but there also is content for people who want news about the SEC and news about people who at one time had a connection with UT.

Govolsxtra.com is run by a news organization, not fans.

- Gregg Hampton, Assistant Sports Editor

Gregg,

Then this should not be called govolsxtra. It should be called gosecxtra. If other people care about these things, there are plenty of other sites to find such information. This is a Tennessee site, and I can't help that you feel this is a news organization. This is a fan site, hence the name GOVOLSXTRA.

walt23tn writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Walt,

Based on the reply to your inquiry as to the intent of GoVolsExtra............seems the name of the site then should instead be "GOSECEXTRA".

I agree with you in that the 'staff' beat the Kiffin stories into the ground and that several of the 'writers' do tend to over do the negativity with many results of sports pertaining to the Vols.

Is the Journal still operating in K-Town?

Thanks orangecounty. I was hoping I wasn't the only person that felt that way. I responded with the gosecxtra thing before I read your comment. I about fell in the floor when I saw it. I'm afraid our staff may have the wrong idea on a VOLS' site.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I think it's the fact they were neutral in the civil war, giving them the perception of a north of the Mason/Dixon line state..

But they were not North of the Mason Dixon Line.
Knoxville was predominately pro North too, but the State of Tennnessee voted to leave the Union.
Does that make Knoxville North of the line?

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

"what kind of moron doesn't know that Kentucky is in the South."?
Southern Mississippi morons swear that "ever thang north of 'Vicksburg' is 'damn yankee'"-)

True - And South Lousiana calls North Louisiana Yankees.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to KNSsports:

According to our archives, the story from the first game of the doubleheader (a win by Alabama) was posted on the front page at 10:30 p.m. on March 21. It was then updated with UT's victory at 12:23 a.m. on March 22.
No other activity on the front page was registered until 4:16 p.m. on March 22, which means the Lady Vols' victory against No. 1 Alabama was on the front page for nearly 16 hours.
Thanks for reading.
Gregg Hampton, Assistant Sports Editor

Facts makes it hard for those who like to gripe about everything. I think you guys do a great job!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

But they were not North of the Mason Dixon Line.
Knoxville was predominately pro North too, but the State of Tennnessee voted to leave the Union.
Does that make Knoxville North of the line?

I understand what I wrote, perception is reality in that person's eyes, but it's not factual..Just a thought.

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