Effort not enough for Vols, 8-0

Vols get two hits in 8-0 loss

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Tennessee first baseman Parker Wormsley, right, reaches for the bag as Arkansas' Jacob Mahan tries to beat out the play on Thursday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Wade Rackley/UTAD photo Tennessee first baseman Parker Wormsley, right, reaches for the bag as Arkansas' Jacob Mahan tries to beat out the play on Thursday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

If the ball was playable, a Tennessee defender was throwing his body at it.

There wasn't anything the Vols could do about all the ones hit over their heads.

UT was largely steady with its gloves, athletic in the outfield and occasionally reckless as it risked injury for the reward of an out. But that wasn't nearly enough to overcome an early barrage of home runs from No. 18 Arkansas while the UT offense struggled to simply get people on base in an 8-0 loss on Thursday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium to open the final baseball series of the season.

"I'll never accept (losing), but they could have easily racked it," Vols coach Dave Serrano said. "It wasn't about racking it tonight. We just got beat by a better baseball team.

"They are trying all the time, and I see it on their faces, I see it in the dugout after the game with their heads down. It still matters to them, and it bothers them."

The Vols (24-29, 8-20 SEC) had plenty of things that could irritate them, particularly after giving up four home runs by the end of the third inning while Razorbacks ace DJ Baxendale was effortlessly cruising through eight innings, giving up just two hits without walking anybody.

But even with some heads perhaps a little down in the UT dugout, they were always up and looking to make something happen in the field — no matter how difficult or painful it might have been at times to produce an out.

Chris Pierce set the tone by grabbing the first one of the game with a diving snag in center field.

Reliable Zach Osborne provided a bookend by starting a slick double play at shortstop in the ninth inning.

And in between, first baseman Parker Wormsley left little doubt that UT was still willing to play with a hard-nosed edge, literally leading with his face as he scrambled to the bag on a third-inning grounder and retired a runner with a head-first slide.

"I was just trying to get the out, but that could have been a little bit dangerous as I think about it now," Wormsley said. "But we're going to play hard regardless of the outcome of the game, whether we're down 10 or up 10.

"We're going to play hard and keep battling to the end of the season, and it hasn't really worked out well for us here at the end, but we've still got to play hard. We can't let off the gas."

Defensively the Vols never did, but offensively they couldn't match the horsepower the Razorbacks (37-17, 14-14) were sending to the plate.

And with UT never able to get its own offense running, the handful of blasts Arkansas kept well out of reach of any defenders were more than enough to give it a comfortable win on the road.

"I've been very frustrated at times because losing is hard to accept," Serrano said. "I'll never accept it. It's the old saying, 'You show me someone that's a good loser, I'll show you a loser.'

"But you look at stuff like (Wormsley), you look at Pierce's play in center field, you look at our pretty good defense for the most part — it wasn't about the defense."

Just the plays that no defense can stop.

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AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

Good effort guys!

SummittsCourt writes:

Too many great teams in the SEC this year to overcome the shortcomings. Next year will be better.

tnvolfan30 writes:

Good effort???? Two hits is hardly good effoert. And people think Raleigh was a bad coach, the grumblings will get louder if things don't improve. I don't doubt Serrano is a good coach, but this team has got to be the worst in a long time.

MikeInTN writes:

Stating the obvious....the bb Vols are one sorry team!!! I hope the players are embarrassed about their play.

wsmows writes:

Somebody will always come in last or loose ,no wins I'd say your bad,below .500 bad luck lacking a couple more pitchers,this weekend is a really tough spot to be in GO VOL BASEBALL head up!

Ichabod writes:

What a bubble gum piece. I know he is running out of things to say, but CDS sounds exactly like 'C'TR same time last year. Sad part is our record is WORSE than it was last year, and the beatings are as bad, and just as humiliating. I sure hope a better program is in the cards, but for 2012 the facts are the facts. You are judged by your record, and the 'facts' are that our 2012 w-l record is worse than 2011, we finished in the bottom of the Division again, and the only Hoover we are anywhere close to is the one in the maintenance closet across the street at Stokley.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to EightLetters:

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Yes, but he inherited a bad team, several vacancies, had to hire new asst coaches, a lot of youth, not his recruits... oh wait, we are talking baseball on this column, sorry, seems the same excuses we have heard for football are now used for baseball. So give him 5 years, and apparently the first two can be losing years, before you judge, since that is what all the football experts who claim they are part of the college football mensa society claim we must give CDD.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Stating the obvious....the bb Vols are one sorry team!!! I hope the players are embarrassed about their play.

Mike,let's not be talking about the players like that.They are surely giving their all to win. The players only have the talent they have and no amount of coaching will change that. The blame should lie with the former coaches and the talent level they recruited. It is not the players fault that they do not posess SEC talent,it is recruiting that brings in SEC talent.

VolzsFan writes:

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-base...

Just because Delmonico made winning at UT look easy, does not mean it is easy.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Going into sunday in the UF series this team was tied for 4th in the league with 3 other teams. Not long after that the slide started. What's funny is that that's RIGHT when the injuries started piling up, along with the dismisal of our closer. It's easy to tell who doesn't go to games on here. Because they are the ones downing Serrano without having a damn clue of what's going on. Take your sorry rears to the stadium and watch. You will see that our team is smaller and slower than Farragut High's, and with injuries this team probably wouldn't beat Farragut. Again, when they were battling in the SEC, they still were not that good of a team, it was great coaching. Not good, great! Add in some injuries and dismisals and they simply don't stand a chance.

mytrifecta writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Yes, but he inherited a bad team, several vacancies, had to hire new asst coaches, a lot of youth, not his recruits... oh wait, we are talking baseball on this column, sorry, seems the same excuses we have heard for football are now used for baseball. So give him 5 years, and apparently the first two can be losing years, before you judge, since that is what all the football experts who claim they are part of the college football mensa society claim we must give CDD.

Thats right...he should be fired immediately! Give me a break...Serrano is a solid coach. Give him a few years and this team will be competitive again. He inherited the debacle raleigh left us and no one could have overcome that talent gap.

givehim6 writes:

Me thinkis coach Serrano has got about all he is going to get out of these guys, time for the Vols to call it a season hit the recruiting hard for next year. CDS has shown he is better than Raleigh, now all he needs is to get his on talent in and every thing will fall in place.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Nonsense! He questioned their heart last week. This season was in the tank long before that.

Atuss writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Going into sunday in the UF series this team was tied for 4th in the league with 3 other teams. Not long after that the slide started. What's funny is that that's RIGHT when the injuries started piling up, along with the dismisal of our closer. It's easy to tell who doesn't go to games on here. Because they are the ones downing Serrano without having a damn clue of what's going on. Take your sorry rears to the stadium and watch. You will see that our team is smaller and slower than Farragut High's, and with injuries this team probably wouldn't beat Farragut. Again, when they were battling in the SEC, they still were not that good of a team, it was great coaching. Not good, great! Add in some injuries and dismisals and they simply don't stand a chance.

Agree Rich that the coaching in this program is on very solid ground and postseason baseball will return to Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the form of a NCAA regional sooner rather than later. As far as losing to Farragut, no way. This Vols team right now would easily handle Farragut every day of the week.

tnvol27 writes:

in response to tnvolfan30:

Good effort???? Two hits is hardly good effoert. And people think Raleigh was a bad coach, the grumblings will get louder if things don't improve. I don't doubt Serrano is a good coach, but this team has got to be the worst in a long time.

Let's take a look at this statement. "And people think Raleigh was a bad coach, the grumblings will get louder if things don't improve". You must be an idiot! Should we compare Raleigh's coaching resume with Serrano's? Raleigh can't even sniff Serrano's jock when it comes to coaching.

Some of you people just need to calm down. I hope you don't expect miracles next year either. Year 3 will be the start of the turnaround. Next year they will improve but probably not too much. You are playing in the best conference in the country, you can't use smoke and mirrors and win. You have to have the talent and the coaching and right now we have the coaching just not a lot of talent. CDS is the right man for the job and he WILL turn it around. I had the honor of playing for coach Delmonico in 2000 and 2001 and it was a mistake to let him go, but that is in the past and we can't change that. Let's get behind CDS and support him because he will get us back on top.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

Thats right...he should be fired immediately! Give me a break...Serrano is a solid coach. Give him a few years and this team will be competitive again. He inherited the debacle raleigh left us and no one could have overcome that talent gap.

Yes, go take a break, a long one since reading is not your strong suit.

You say "give him a few years," I said "give him 5 years, and the 1st 2 can be losing years, before you judge". What part of that can you not comprehend?

I do not and did not say fire immediately, you did Gomer, or Goober, or whichever Pyle you are.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Atuss:

Agree Rich that the coaching in this program is on very solid ground and postseason baseball will return to Lindsey Nelson Stadium in the form of a NCAA regional sooner rather than later. As far as losing to Farragut, no way. This Vols team right now would easily handle Farragut every day of the week.

Was being sarcastic about losing to Farragut. I probably should have put a (sarcasm) note beside it, LOL. I'd be willing to bet that Walters State could hang with them with the current state of the team...with injuries and dismissals. Folks are overlooking the fact that our Friday starter has been injured. The number 1 pitcher on an already thin staff, along with your #1 closer. That's beyond brutal. Folks also need to take into consideration that Serrano took the high road and granted the spots on the team to the Raleigh recruits who were committed when Serrano took the job. Many of which probably wouldn't have been a blip on the map for Serrano's standards, yet he let them come on in.

rockypop writes:

As Bill Parcells famously said, "You are what your record says you are."

us43137415#376444 writes:

"Oh well.. there's always next year."

Hang up those keyboards, boys and give it a rest. All your arguments are the same, and they're not even funny or meaningful anymore.

The season is over, so go to Gatlinburg or someplace and chill.

See you in February!

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

Come guys. When you go 4 years with a dud for a coach, things aren't going to get better that fast. As someone said year should be a big improvement, but I think next years team will be better not sure how much better.

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