Welcome to the Rocky Top Recap, where we will break down everything that happened in the world of Tennessee athletics in the week of March 25-31.
Let’s start with basketball, where there were two big stories this week. On Thursday, junior forward Admiral Schofield announced that he would be declaring for the NBA draft without hiring an agent, meaning that he is eligible to return for Tennessee next season if he is undrafted.
Schofield wrote on Twitter, “Coach Barnes has encouraged me to go through that process, work out for teams, and learn as much as I can about the transition from college to professional basketball.” Schofield is not currently viewed as a first-round pick by many NBA scouts. Meanwhile, sophomore forward Grant Williams was named an AP All-American honorable mention this week after his 2017-18 campaign that saw him be named the SEC Player of the Year.
Moving over to the diamond, the baseball team began the week on a hot streak by sweeping Alabama at home in their first sweep over an SEC opponent since 2015. The Vols won a close game on Friday 5-4 before taking both games in Sunday’s doubleheader. The team continued to play well, beating Western Carolina in a blowout 17-3 on the road. Four Volunteers hit home runs during Tuesday’s game in Carolina. However, the winning streak came to an end Thursday night, when the team dropped game one of this weekend’s series with South Carolina 6-1. The next night, the team lost game two 2-6, before losing game three Saturday afternoon 3-6.
Lady Vols’ Softball
Following a disappointing series last weekend with No. 16 South Carolina that saw the Lady Vols get swept, losing a series for the first time this season. The softball team now faces No. 6 Georgia in a weekend series at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville. Tennessee took game one of the series on Saturday winning in a 1-0 pitching battle. The Lady Vols won on a walk-off hit-by-pitch with Meghan Gregg taking the bruise at the plate. Games two and three of the series will take place Sunday and Monday at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively.
The No. 19 Tennessee men’s tennis team defeated Auburn 6-1 on Friday, moving to 17-5 on the season and 6-2 in SEC play. Among those that won their matches for Tennessee was Timo Stodder, who is currently the #16 ranked singles college player in the country. The tennis team will next play against Mississippi State on Sunday.
To finish things off, we’ll head to the links where the Tennessee men’s golf team finished Saturday in possession of second place out of 15 in the Augusta Invitational Tournament. The tournament began Thursday and will end on Sunday. Five Vols are participating, including senior Lorenzo Scalise, who was chosen for a spot on the Arnold Palmer Cup Team on Wednesday.