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LSU’s Sprowl back home; Cobb fires rare shutout
Delmonico’s bat sizzling against conference foes

Bruce Sprowl made one final trip to Knoxville in a Louisiana State University baseball uniform.

The former Bearden Bulldog standout managed only two hits in 11 at-bats in three games for his Tigers despite LSU winning two of three against the Tennessee Volunteers in Lindsey Nelson Stadium last weekend.

However, batting around .290 in the top of the Tigers’ order as a senior left fielder, Sprowl looks back favorably over his last three seasons as a starter for the powerful LSU program.

“I wouldn’t change a thing in the world, I’ve enjoyed my stay down there,” the 23-year-old math/communications major said, adding that he likes Baton Rouge so well, “I might end up staying down there afterwards.”

He’s set to graduate in May.

However, “It was nice to get home and see family and a place I’m familiar with,” Sprowl added.

Meanwhile, former FHS All-state pitcher and UT junior Craig Cobb (6-1, 2.66 ERA) did something no other Vol pitcher , or combination of pitchers, has pulled off against the Tigers since the series started in 1907 — a shutout.

Behind Cobb’s complete game four-hit, one walk and seven strikeout effort in a 9-0 Vol win Saturday, April 8, it became the first-ever UT shutout versus LSU.

Another ex-Admiral has been sizzling, this one with his bat.

Freshman shortstop Tony Delmonico, coming off a 5 for 5 game against LSU Saturday, has a .444 average against Southeastern Conference pitching (20 of 45), hitting safely in 10 of 11 games.

That included seven hits in two games versus Arkansas April 1-2.


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