KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano will serve as an in-studio guest analyst for ESPNU’s coverage of the first two days of the NCAA Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
One of only 11 coaches to lead two different programs to the College World Series, Serrano will travel to the ESPN studios in Charlotte, N.C., to provide insight and analysis alongside hosts Dari Nowkhah and Anish Shroff, as well as Mike Rooney and Jay Walker.
Having recently completed his first season at the helm of the Tennessee program after seven years as a head coach in California and currently preparing for his assignment as the manager of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, Serrano will be able to offer unique insight into the college game and its intricacies from coast-to-coast.
A veteran of seven College World Series, Serrano has tutored over 160 players who have been drafted, 23 of which have reached the Major Leagues, and has coached in the postseason 16 times in his 18 years at the Division-I level.
STECKENRIDER, MADDOX NAMED TO ALL-SEC TEAMS
A pair of Tennessee players took home postseason honors from the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday as junior Drew Steckenrider was tabbed to the league’s second team as the designated hitter/utility player and Will Maddox was named to the all-freshman squad.
A two-way standout for the Big Orange this season, Steckenrider is the first Vol to earn All-SEC honors since Blake Forsythe claimed first-team accolades in 2009.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native was most effective on the mound this year where he posted a 4-6 record with one save and a team-best 3.36 ERA in 27 appearances, the most of anyone on the UT pitching staff.
In 67.0 innings, Steckenrider struck out a squad-high 79 while limiting opposing hitters to a miniscule .197 batting average, the lowest of any pitcher in the SEC. His average of 6.04 hits allowed per nine innings topped the league as well, in addition to ranking 13th in the nation, while his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings placed him behind only SEC Pitcher of the Year Chris Stratton from Mississippi State and 19th nationally.
At the plate, the 6-5 switch-hitter paced the Vols with six home runs and finished second on the team with 26 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while hitting at a .221 clip. Steckenrider also drew 39 walks, placing him fourth among all SEC players.
A Gainesville, Ga., product, Maddox was tabbed the second baseman on the SEC All-Freshman Team after becoming just the third freshman to lead the Big Orange in batting average since 1980.
With a team-high 63 hits, Maddox finished his first year at Rocky Top with a .297 batting average, allowing him to join the exclusive club with Chris Burke (1999) and Kentrai Davis (2008), both of whom went on to earn All-America status and become first-round picks.
Maddox started all but one contest at second base for the Vols in 2012, leading the team with 32 runs scored, 79 total bases, 212 at-bats and a .374 on-base percentage. He served as the squad’s leadoff hitter for the final 42 games of the season.
Maddox’s award marks the eighth straight season that Tennessee has had at least one player on the SEC All-Freshman Team. The Vol trio of James Adkins, J.P. Arencibia and Julio Borbon started the trend in 2005, with Tony Delmonico continuing it the following season. Yan Gomes and Jeff Lockwood both earned the honors in 2007 and Kentrail Davis and P.J. Polk followed suit in 2008. Zach Osborne made it five consecutive seasons in 2009 before Chris Fritts and Andrew Toles earned the honors in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
A complete listing of the 2012 All-SEC awards can be found at SECSports.com.
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