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Former FHS trio on rollercoaster of ups, downs with Vol baseball

From the highs of good ole Rocky Top down to the lowest reaches of the Tennessee Valley — that’s how Cody Brown’s SEC series have gone the past two weekends at the hot corner in UT orange.

He’s hardly the only one. Senior pitcher Craig Cobb, an ex-Farragut Admiral like Brown, had similar highs against Georgia, a March 23-25 three-game Vol sweep, before digressing a bit as Tennessee (17-12 overall, 4-5 in SEC play) was swept by top-10 nationally ranked Arkansas last weekend in Knoxville.

“Today I just wasn’t real good with my fastball, falling behind a lot,” Cobb said after a no decision in a 4-3 Razorbacks victory Saturday, March 31, in Lindsey Nelson Stadium. “It’s been kinda a little bit like a rollercoaster. Hasn’t gone as well as I’d liked it to. I’ve given up a lot of home runs.”

Sporting a 5-2 record and 4.50 earned run average in nine appearances, 66 innings, Cobb worked six innings against Arkansas, allowing seven hits, three earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Getting the win against Georgia March 24 (10-2), Cobb worked 7.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, one earned run with four strikeouts and one walk.

Brown, a sophomore third baseman, was 5 of 10 against Georgia that included a two-run homer, four RBIs total plus a double and five runs scored in the three-game Vol sweep.

But against the powerful Razorbacks, Brown was 1 of 12 with two RBIs plus a pair of costly errors in a 6-2 loss March 30.

The former Admiral standout is batting .245 for the season with three homers and 21 RBIs entering the week.

Tony Delmonico, Vol infielder and former Admiral standout, was fourth on the team in batting at .299 with four home runs, 18 RBIs.

But suffering through a 1 of 11 weekend against Arkansas, Delmonico also had to make a defensive adjustment — going from shortstop to second base — switching with Danny Lima due to errors at short (11 in 164 chances).

“We’re just experimenting, I think we’ll see how comfortable they both are at each position,” UT head coach Rod Delmonico said. “I think it might be the best thing for the team. We’ll just see.”


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