Tennessee baseball player Chris Kemp has been declared ineligible for the upcoming season after failing to meet academic requirements for athletic participation, according to a Tuesday news release.
The senior from Duluth, Ga., plans to redshirt and return next season for his final year of athletic eligibility. He transferred to UT after spending his freshman and sophomore years at Spartanburg (S.C.) Methodist College and started last year in his first season at Tennessee.
The first baseman led the Volunteers last season with 45 RBI. He came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a game-winning double in UT’s first-round SEC Tournament victory over Arkansas.
Kemp started in 49 of the Vols’ 57 games in 2004. He was a solid defensive first baseman, recording a .966 fielding percentage with only five errors. Kemp held down the No. 5 spot in the batting order for most of the season, batting .278 with two home runs.
Kemp’s absence could hamper a Tennessee team already lacking in experience in several areas. No one on the Vols’ remaining roster has played first base at UT.