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UT’s Brown improves in summer, lifts sluggish Vol offense at FSU

With a year of SEC baseball under his belt, former All-state Farragut infielder Cody Brown said he’s ready to become a steadier force at third base for Rod Delmonico’s Tennessee Volunteers.

“It’s huge, now we know what S-E-C play’s all about, you know what all the games are going to be like and how to focus,” said Brown, a sophomore, about his freshman season as a starter at third. “I’m more mentally prepared. I can slow the game down instead of having that freshman vibe and always trying to do too much. ... It’s really a lot easier this year.”

The ex-Admiral standout hit .221 last season with three homers and 18 RBIs in 44 -starts at third base.

But in a three-game series to open the 2007 season at Florida State last weekend, Brown was 4-of-10 with three RBIs though the Vols were swept.

Brown, 20, said his goals aren’t really number-oriented. “I just want to keep playing even-keel and make sure I play solid throughout the year and not have little ups and downs.”

In addition to “working out and getting stronger,” Brown played summer ball in Woodstock, Va., among college talent in the Valley League. He hit .283 with four homers.

“We played like, forty-six, forty-eight games in fifty days. I hit good. ... That was really a good summer for me,” Brown said. “I struggled at first, then I kinda slowed everything down and everything started to click.”


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