Baseball Vol Earns National Player Of The Week Honors

After an outstanding record-breaking performance last Friday, Tennessee baseball pitcher James Adkins has been named one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week and the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Adkins broke the Tennessee school record for strikeouts during a complete-game win at LSU last Friday in which he allowed just three hits and struck out 14 batters. The preseason All-America selection got Jason Lewis to strikeout looking in the bottom of the sixth inning to break former big-leaguer and Vol great R.A. Dickey's school record of 345 strikeouts from 1994-96. Tennessee's new "Strikeout King," Adkins now boasts 350 Ks for his career and has 103 on the season.

A junior from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Adkins needed just three pitches for six of his 14 Ks Friday. He allowed only one run while notching his sixth career complete game and his second of 2007. The win pushed his record to 5-6 on the year and lowered his season ERA to 2.83.

His 350 career strikeouts tie him for 12th place in the Southeastern Conference's all-time records book.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper selects the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week each Monday during the season. Adkins is UT’s first National Player of the Week since Luke Hochevar was selected on March 21, 2005. Adkins is one of five honorees this week.

This week’s SEC honor is the third SEC weekly award garnered by the Vols this season. Adkins also was selected as the Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 26, and Jeff Lockwood was tabbed as the Freshman of the Week on March 26.

The Volunteers have now garnered 10 SEC Player, Pitcher or Freshman of the Week awards since 2005.

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information

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