The Tennessee Volunteers are 7-0 to start the 2014 season, and one big reason has been the play of a newcomer to the team.
Nick Senzel, a native of Knoxville, has been the sparkplug for the Volunteers this season and has been a major contributor in the middle of the lineup. The 6-foot-1 infielder has played and started in all seven of the Volunteers' victories this season and has raked in his 21 at-bats.
Senzel is boasting an eye-popping slash line of .381/.519/.667, totaling for an OPS of 1.186. In addition, he has posted a double, triple and a home run with seven runs scored and five walks drawn to just four strikeouts.
While a K% of roughly 19 percent is nothing to write home about, Senzel's numbers jump right off the page and his contributions have certainly been felt.
Take Tennessee's matchup against UNLV last Wednesday. The Vols were leading 4-2 in the seventh inning, when Senzel walked up to bat with the bases loaded. Following an intentional walk to load the bags up, Senzel rocketed a grand slam out of Lindsey Nelson Stadium to put the Vols up 8-2.
Those runs would prove to be the difference, as Tennessee wound up taking the victory by the score of 8-7.
Tennessee is unranked for now, but if the Volunteers keep reeling off wins, that should change soon. And if they do, Senzel will no doubt be a part of it if he is to continue this torrid start. The newcomer to the team has been superb thus far, and has had no signs of slowing down. For all we know, his bat could bring the Volunteers to the topic of discussion about the Southeastern Conference's best.