On his online bio, the high school accolades take up more than a quarter of the page.

First team this. All-American that.

Like that infamous sideline cooler of Gatorade reserved for winning head coaches, high expectations were thoroughly dumped on Kyle Serrano the second he opted for a dip in the college ranks last June.

And in the months that followed, it was more of the same.

In Tennessee's first outdoor scrimmage of the spring, he tossed four no-hit innings.

One noteworthy media outlet named him the top newcomer in the SEC — another, the ninth best freshman in the country.

But through two collegiate starts, Serrano has been just that — a freshman still searching for stable ground to stand on.

His opening act was presentable, an effective five innings that were largely overshadowed by the Vols' 18-run drubbing of lowly Purdue.

Four hits and two runs was all Serrano allowed with just a small dosage of free passes (3) and hit batsman (2) sprinkled here and there.

His follow-up performance on Feb. 22, though, was less than pedestrian. The freshman struggled from the opening hitter and required the bullpen's assistance before the third inning concluded.

The strike zone appeared rather foreign to Serrano as he reached three-ball counts on five different UNLV hitters, four of which transpired into walks.

The last straw snapped on his 55th and final pitch of the afternoon — a two-out, two-strike ball that pegged a Rebel hitter with the bases loaded.

But UT's ninth inning heroics — albeit a shaky UNLV infield that butchered a rather simple throw — generated a dramatic walk off victory, and again, Serrano's pitching performance was shuffled to the backburner.

"He's a freshman," said head coach Dave Serrano, who doubles as Kyle's father. "He's not the first one that's going to go through these types of growing pains."

And so far, they've hardly mattered. The Diamond Vols are cruising through their non-conference slate with relative ease.

Seven games. Seven wins. And some national recognition to show.

On Monday, UT corralled its first ranking since 2008, sliding into Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's top 30 poll at No. 28.

UT's current winning streak is soaked in versatility. There have been nail biters and blowouts, high-scoring affairs and offensively scarce pitching duels.

And despite having more failing components than just Kyle Serrano, all seven contests this season have swung in UT's favor one way or another.

But with a southwest road trip and a treacherous conference schedule lurking ominously around the corner, it is imperative the Vols have every wrinkle ironed out of every weapon at every position.

Kyle Serrano being the obvious top priority.

This weekend provides a solid opportunity for a turnaround. UT's hosts a winless Quinnipiac squad, who hit just .235 as a team in its opening three games.

The freshman righty is scheduled to start the series finale on Sunday.

"He going to continue to be pushed out there and continue to get that experience," Dave Serrano said last Saturday.

It's no question that "experience" is still in its infancy stages, and if the perception of a pitcher was set in stone after just two starts, then Justin Verlander would be unemployed and Bobo Holloman would be a proud Hall of Fame inductee.

But when you boast a heralded reputation chocked full of prestigious accolades and are a part of the toughest conference in the country, the SEC has eight teams ranked above UT, the luxury of a trial run is all but eliminated.

Considering what lies ahead, the Vols need Kyle Serrano at his best sooner rather than later.

Dargan Southard is a junior in journalism and electronic media. He can be reached at msoutha1@utk.edu.