Through the first seven games of the 2014 campaign, Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano believes his team's undefeated record stems largely from a simple virtue stressed as early as elementary school.
"There's not one guy this team is relying on for success," Serrano said. "It's a different guy every day.
"If you go back, there hasn't been one name that keeps popping up as the guy of the game, the guy that really helped the team. It's been a lot of different names. I wouldn't want it any other way."
The No. 28 Diamond Vols will have another opportunity to demonstrate their rotating stardom this weekend when UT (7-0) welcomes Quinnipiac (0-3) to Lindsey Nelson Stadium for a three-game set beginning tonight at 5 p.m.
The list of noteworthy contributors could contain some new faces by series end as Serrano indicated more reserve player will see action against the Bobcats.
"I want to get some answers from some other guys that haven't gotten the ball yet," Serrano said. "By no means are we looking past opponents, but this next week will be a great opportunity for some other Vols to get opportunities to help this team be successful."
UT's weekend rotation, however, includes the same names it did for the UNLV series.
Senior Nick Williams (2-0, 0.82 ERA) gets the nod in tonight's opener, looking to continue his solid start to his final campaign in Knoxville.
"He's taking the ball and he's saying, 'You're not going to take it out of my hands now,'" Serrano said. "That's exactly what I want my guys to do when we get that opportunity."
On Saturday at 2 p.m., The Vols' will trot out sophomore Andrew Lee (2-0, 2.31), with freshman Kyle Serrano (1-0, 4.70) closing out the series at 1 p.m.
The first-year hurler is one of eight freshman of the UT's roster – a group Dave Serrano feels is much different than the average collection of newcomers.
“It kind of goes to show, our coaching staff is convinced that this freshmen class is unique in a good way,” Dave Serrano said. “They are tough kids. They don't act like freshmen. They are prepared. They are physical enough to play right now.”
While UT comes into the weekend series with an abundance of confidence, the Bobcats arrive in Knoxville fresh off a disappointing showing at last weekend’s Spartan Classic that was held in Norfolk, Va.
In the three games, Quinnipiac scored only eight runs in 27 innings and produced just a .235 team batting average.
Infielder Scott Donaghue led the Bobcats with four hits on the weekend while freshman Matthew Batten and junior Rob Pescitelli each drove in a pair of RBI.