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Happy Birthday - June 22

We've got four Big Orange birthdays to celebrate on June 22!



First, we're sending happy birthday wishes to A.J. Simcox of Vol Baseball! A Knoxville native, Simcox appeared in 50 games for UT last season, playing primarily at shortstop. He finished the year with a .293 batting average to go along with 27 RBIs and one homer. On June 10 he was selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He is 21 years old today.



Teammate Tyler Schultz is also celebrating a birthday today. A senior catcher out of Huntington Beach, California, Schultz appeared in 32 games for UT during the 2014 season. He made 71 plate appearances and hit .254 with eight RBIs. He began his collegiate career at the University of San Francisco before transferring to Cypress CC for his sophomore stint. He turns 23 years old today.



From Vol Track, we wish a happy birthday to rising senior thrower Carson Frost. Frost was sharp in 2015, setting a new personal best in the weight throw during the 2015 indoor season and achieving his highest individual finish ever during the outdoor season. He logged a career-best weight throw of 57 feet, 5.5 inches at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet during the indoor campaign and finished a career-high fifth during the outdoor season in the hammer throw at the War Eagle Invitational. Today is Frost's 22nd birthday. 

Ariel Kupritz

Lastly, we wish a happy birthday to Ariel Kupritz of women's soccer. A native of Maryville, Kupritz began her collegiate career at Miami before transferring home to UT. She sat out the 2014 soccer season. She appeared in eight matches during her freshman season with the Hurricanes and achieved Dean's List status in the business school with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Kupritz is 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, A.J., Tyler, Carson, and Ariel!


Happy Birthday - June 19

On June 19 we wish a happy birthday to baseball pitcher Jacob Westphal



A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Westphal recently completed his freshman season on Rocky Top. He appeared in 12 games over the course of the season, posting a record 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 19.0 innings of work. His first win of the season came against ETSU when he threw 3.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. 

Westphal is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Jacob!


Happy Birthday - June 11

We've got a quartet of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top on this 11th day of June. We're wishing a happy birthday to the fearless leader of Lady Vol basketball, Holly Warlick, as well as to women's swimming's Colleen Callahan, former men's swimmer Sam Petersen, and baseball VFL Will Maddox.



Warlick has spent 30 years at the University of Tennessee -- a span that includes time as a player, an assistant coach, and three years in her current role of head women's basketball coach. A three-time All-American point guard for UT (1976-80), Warlick spent 27 years as a loyal assistant to legendary coach Pat Summitt before taking over the reins of the program in 2012.



A rising junior, Callahan was an NCAA qualifier during her sophomore season. She competed in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the national meet, recording a new career-best time of 1:59.70 in the 200 IM. Callahan is a member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll and is celebrating her 20th birthday today.



Petersen saw his UT career come to a close in 2014 as he finished ranked No. 6 all-time in program history in the 1000 freestyle (9:09.17) and No. 9 in the 1650 freestyle (15:11.21). The Short Hills, New Jersey, native was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.



Before being drafted in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, Maddox played infield for three seasons with the Diamond Vols. He started in 157 of his 160 career games and posted a .309 batting average with five home runs and 60 RBIs. He is currently playing first base for the West Michigan Whitecaps of Class A.

Happy birthday Holly, Colleen, Sam, and Will!

 

Happy Birthday - June 9

On June 9, we're celebrating the birthdays of baseball's Zach Warren, women's swimmer Madison Hahn, and football VFL Craig Colquitt!



Warren, a left-handed pitcher, recently completed his freshman season on Rocky Top. The Vineland, New Jersey, native went 2-0 in his first season, appearing in eight games and getting five starts along the way. He finished the year with 16 strikeouts and a 5.09 ERA in 23 innings pitched. Born this day in 1996, Warren is 19 years old.



A rising senior out of Norfolk, Virginia, Hahn made a pair of individual finals at the SEC Championships in the spring, finishing in a tie for 13th in the 100 backstroke (53.69) and 21st in the 200 backstroke (1:57.17). She picked up a win in the 100 backstroke earlier in the season, swimming 53.58 to take gold at the Nike Cup. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Hahn is 21 years old today.



June 9 is also the birthday of Knoxville native and two-time Super Bowl champion Craig Colquitt. Father of current NFL punters and former Vols Dustin and Britton Colquitt, craig played for the Vols from 1975-77 before being drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the NFL Draft. He would go on to win a pair of Super Bowls with the franchise and was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame in 2009.

Happy birthday Zach, Madison, and Craig!


Happy Birthday - June 4

On June 4 we're sending 'happy birthday' wishes to Lizzie Cornell of track and field and to baseball VFL Steve Searcy!



A four-year performer from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cornell recently concluded her career on Rocky Top. A distance specialist, Cornell competed during all three facets of the season: cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. In 2014-15, she competed in three cross country races, setting a new career-best 6K time at the NCAA South Regional and during the outdoor seasons she recorded a new PR of 2:23.90 in the 800 meters. At season's end, she was named the Tennessee Track & Field Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year.



Searcy spent five seasons in the Major Leagues following the conclusion of his playing career at the University of Tennessee. He pitched at UT from 1983-85, going 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA as a freshman. The Knoxville native would go on to be drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of 1985 MLB Draft and he made his pro debut on Aug. 29, 1988. Searcy would pitch four seasons for the Tigers before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. Primarily a reliever, Searcy finished his MLB career with six wins, a 5.68 ERA, and over 187.0 innings pitched.

Happy birthday Lizzie and Steve!

 

Happy Birthday - May 28

On May 28 we're wishing a happy birthday to a quartet of Volunteers: Hannah Wilkinson of women's soccer, Austin Sanders of football, Steven Kane of baseball, and VFL and former big leaguer Mike DiFelice



Wilkinson wrapped up her senior season in the fall but will return in 2015 after being granted a fifth-year of eligibility. That fifth year will come after a stop at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada where she will represent her native New Zealand on the global stage. A forward, Wilkinson scored a team-high nine goals for UT last season, including a two-goal performance against No. 17 Kentucky in the SEC Tournament. She is 23 years old today.



Sanders is a rising sophomore offensive lineman for Vol football, standing 6-5 and weighing in at 307. He made his UT debut last season as a redshirt freshman in the season-opener against Utah State and went on to appear in four more games for the Vols. The Cleveland, Tennessee, native turns 20 years old today.



Kane recently completed his debut season for Tennessee baseball after arriving on Rocky Top from Cypress Community College. The righty pitched in 19 games for UT, recording an ERA of 4.64 and a 2-1 overall record in 33 innings of work. A native of Peoria, Arizona, Kane is 22 years old today.



Lastly, we wish a happy birthday to former big league catcher and current minor league manager DiFelice. He was an All-SEC catcher for the Vols and lettered from 1989-91. During the 1990 season, he ranked among the top 10 in the SEC in hitting (.353), home runs (10), and slugging percentage (.624). He was drafted in 1991 by the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to spend 11 seasons as a catcher in the majors. DiFelice was inducted into the Tennessee baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Happy birthday Hannah, Austin, Steven, and Mike!





Happy Birthday - May 22

On May 22 we're wishing a happy birthday to baseball's Bret Marks



Marks recently completed his senior season with the Vols and went 4-5 on the hill with a 2.92 ERA. He logged 89 strikeouts through 77.0 innings of work during the 2015 season and will finish his career on Rocky Top with a career ERA of 3.46 to go along with 99 strikeouts over his two seasons in the orange and white. A transfer from Wallace State Community College, Marks prepped at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia, and is 23 years old today.

Happy birthday, Bret!


Happy Birthday - May 9

We've got a trio of Tennessee birthdays to celebrate on May 9 as we wish happy birthday to Lauren Higdon of rowing and Jordan Rodgers of baseball, as well as VFL and current Major Leaguer Chase Headley

Higdon competed as a true freshman this last season for the Tennessee rowing squad, appearing initially as a member of the novice squad before rowing with the varsity. She rowed the one seat in the Varsity Four at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in two races and fourth in another. She picked up a win as a member of the Varsity Four at the Petite Final in a time of 8 minutes, 8.16 seconds at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Born this day in 1996, Higdon is 18 years old today.

Lauren  Higdon

Infielder Rodgers is in the midst of his sophomore season for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 32 games this season. He is hitting .260 on the year with 11 RBIs and three doubles. Rodgers is a native of Memphis and attended Memphis University School during his prep years. He is 20 years old today. 



Currently the third baseman for the New York Yankees, Headley played baseball at Tennessee from 2004-05 after transferring from Pacific. He batted .357 during his two seasons on Rocky Top, including a .387 average during a junior season that also featured 14 home runs and 65 RBIs. He also earned Academic All-America status while at UT. Headley was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and made his big league debut in 2007. He remained with San Diego through the 2013 season and was traded to the New York Yankees last summer. He is hitting .229 through 29 games with New York so far this season.



Happy birthday, Lauren, Jordan, and Chase!




Happy Birthday - May 5

On May 5 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to football's Kyle Phillips and to former baseball player Joe McClain

A freshman out of Nashville, Phillips was an early enrollee with the Vols this past spring. He was rated a four-star defensive end upon his arrival on Rocky Top and played in the 2015 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Phillips prepped at Hillsboro High School where he recorded 33 sacks in three seasons and was named All-Midstate en route to helping the Burros reach the Class 5A Championship Game. Born this day in 1997, Phillips is 18 years old today. 



McClain, celebrating his 82nd birthday today, played baseball at the University of Tennessee before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953 as a pitcher. A six-foot righty, McClain spent the 1954-55 seasons in the military before bouncing around in the minor league systems of the Cardinals, New York Yankees, and the original Washington Senators franchise (now the Minnesota Twins). In 1960, he was drafted by the new, expansion Senators in the expansion draft and made his MLB debut as a 27-year old rookie for the Senators. He earned the win in a complete-game effort -- the first win for the for the new Senators franchise.

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Happy birthday, Kyle and Joe!


Happy Birthday - May 2

On May 2 we've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate as we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Stephanie Grozio, former women's swimming and diving standout Tori Lamp, and baseball VFL Luke Hudson!

Grozio is a true freshman out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a member of Tennessee's novice squad in the rowing program. She attended East Brunsiwck High School where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball. Born this day in 1996, Grozio is 19 years old today.

Stephanie Grozio

A 2014 graduate, Lamp is considered to be one of the best divers in Tennessee's swimming and diving program history. She was a three-time SEC champion on the platform, winning in back-to-back-to-back years from 2012-14. She also earned a silver medal in the 1-meter springboard in 2013 as well as a silver and a bronze in the 3-meter springboard in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lamp earned seven All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top and was the 2013 CSCAA National Diver of the Year. She currently holds the UT record in both the platform and 3-meter springboard categories.



Hudson was a pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-98, recording a record of 15-5 during his three seasons in the Orange and White. He went on to be drafted by Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. In 2004, he went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He retired from professional baseball in 2009.



Happy birthday, Stephanie, Tori, and Luke!


Happy Birthday - April 30

We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.



As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.



Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!




Happy Birthday - April 15

On this April 15, we're going back into the archives and wishing former Tennessee baseball start Ed Bailey a happy birthday. Bailey was born April 15, 1931.

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Bailey lettered as a member of the UT baseball team in 1948 before going on to play 14 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues. A five-time All-Star, he started his big-league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953 and hit a career-best 28 home runs for the Reds in 1956. He also made stops with the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the California Angels. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the UT Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bailey passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.


Happy Birthday - April 13

It's April 13 and we've got a pair of VFL birthdays to celebrate! Today we're wishing a happy birthday to former men's tennis standout Jarryd Chaplin and, from the archives, baseball legend Ben Cantwell

A native of Sydney, Australia, Chaplin wrapped up a four-year career at Tennessee last season. He finished his time at Tennessee with a singles record 62-55 to go along with his career doubles mark of 72-43. He was second team All-SEC as a junior in 2013 and claimed three doubles titles over his career. Born this day in 1992, Chaplin is 23 years old today.



Cantwell was born in 1902 in Milan, Tennessee, and played baseball at UT from 1922-25. He moved on to professional baseball in 1926 and made his major league debut in 1927 with the New York Giants. He was later traded to the Boston Braves. In 1933, Cantwell won 20 games as a starter for the Braves, becoming just the second pitcher out of the SEC to record 20 wins in a season in the major leagues. Cantwell passed away in 1962 at age 60.



Happy birthday, Jarryd and Ben!

 

Happy Birthday - April 10

On this 10th day of April we are celebrating a quartet of Tennessee birthdays. Join us in wishing a happy birthday to volleyball's Kelsey Bawcombe, Chelsea Blaase of cross country/track and field, rowing's Morgan Suffridge, and baseball VFL Mike Lincoln

A native of Temecula, California, Bawcombe is coming off a solid freshman season for Tennessee Volleyball in the fall of 2014. She appeared in 31 matches and made 17 starts on the year, logging two double-doubles and a team-high 17 service aces. Born this day in 1996, Bawcome is 19 years old today.



Out on the track, Blaase is having the best season of her career. In the fall, she became Tennessee's 10th cross country All-American after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships. Blaase earned her second All-American award of the year during the indoor track and field season when she placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And just last week, Blaase broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a time of 32:28.39 that ranks second in the nation.



A junior member of the varsity rowing squad, Suffridge was a part of the Second Varsity Eight that finished third in the petite final at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. A local product out of Knoxville, Suffridge is majoring in in Speech Pathology and was a member of the 2014 spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. 



Today is also the 40th birthday of former Tennessee and Major League pitcher Lincoln. He pitched just one season for UT back in 1996, going 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA before being drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his big league debut on April 7, 1999, and continued on in the Bigs until 2010, making stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.



Happy birthday Kelsey, Chelsea, Morgan, and Mike!




Happy Birthday - April 9

On April 9 we're celebrating the birthday of Tennessee women's golfer AJ Newell and UT hall of fame baseball player Sam Ewing!

A senior from Tampa, Florida, Newell has posted seven rounds of par or better this season, including a career-low 67 at the Cougar Classic. Through eight tournaments, she owns a scoring average of 72.91 -- the lowest of her career on Rocky Top. Newell and her teammates are off this week, but return to action next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, for the SEC Championships. Born this day in 1993, Newell turns 22 years old today.



Today we also wish a happy 65th birthday to former Vol and Major Leaguer, Sam Ewing. One of the best to ever play in Tennessee's history, Ewing posted an incredible .464 batting average during his senior season in Knoxville. He drove in 25 runs on 45 hits that season to go along with eight home runs and 33 runs scored. Unsurprisingly, he was a first team All-America selection by both the Sporting News and the ABCA. He finished his career with a .411 batting average before going on to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He was elected to the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.



Happy birthday AJ and Sam!


Happy Birthday - April 5

On this fifth day of April we're celebrating the birthday of baseball's David Houser



Houser is a junior catcher for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 21 games this season. So far in 2015, he is hitting a career-best .281 with three doubles and three RBIs to his credit. Houser is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, David!


Happy Birthday - March 31

It's the last day of March and we are celebrating the birthday of baseball's Benito Santiago



A freshman from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Santiago is in the midst of his true freshman season for Vol Baseball and head coach Dave Serrano. Already this year, Santiago has appeared in 14 ballgames, including nine starts behind the plate at the catcher position. He recorded his first collegiate hit during a 4-1 victory at Belmont back on Feb. 25. 

Happy birthday, Benito!


Happy Birthday - March 11

March 11 brings us a trio of birthdays on Rocky Top -- two belonging to a pair of longtime VFLs and another for a young man whose Volunteer career is just about to begin. Today we celebrate the birthdays of Tennessee football VFL Eric Westmoreland, baseball standout Chris Burke, and incoming freshman Eli Wolf.

Westmoreland was a linebacker for the Vols from 1997-2000, playing an integral role in UT's run to the BCS National Championship in 1998. He was named a captain in 2000 and went on to lead the squad in tackles with 83, earning All-SEC honors from the league's coaches. For his career, Westmoreland logged 253 total tackles, including 34 for loss. He was a third round pick in the 2001 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and played three seasons before signing on with the Cleveland Browns in 2004. He played three more seasons with the Browns.



A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Burke played baseball at UT from 1999-2001. He was named to three All-America teams during his time in Knoxville, including a Freshman Second Team All-America pick at second base in 1999. In 2000, he was named third team All American and picked up All-SEC honors. He moved to shortstop in 2001 and helped the Volunteers to an appearance in the College World Series. That season he hit .435 with 20 home runs and 49 stolen bases. He was named to the CWS all-tournament team and was the unanimous choice as the 2001 SEC Player of the Year. He went 10th in the 2001 MLB draft to the Houston Astros and made his major league debut with the club in 2004. Other big league stops included the Arizona Diamondbacks, the San Diego Padres, and the Atlanta Braves.



An incoming freshman tight end from Minster, Ohio, Wolf set new records at Minster High School in career receptions (124), receiving yards (2,234), and receiving touchdowns (27) over his three varsity seasons. He helped the Wildcats to the 2014 Ohio State Division VI championship, catching nine passes for 145 yards and three TDs in the title game. He is the younger brother of current Vol tight end Ethan Wolf and turns 18 years old today. 



Happy Birthday - March 9

It's birthday time in Tennessee and we've got three of them to celebrate on this second Monday in March. Football's Pig Howard turns 22 years old today and will be celebrating his birthday alongside two Tennessee legends: Rudy Klarer and Ron Widby. 

Howard recently wrapped up his junior season for the Vols, appearing in all 13 games and making nine starts at the wideout position. He led the team in receptions (54) and in receiving yards (618) and scored three touchdowns -- two rushing and one receiving. He owns a current streak of 33 consecutive games with a catch and his 111 career catches rank 13th all-time at UT. 

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One of Tennessee football's eight retired jerseys belong to the legendary Klarer, who played guard at UT in 1941-42. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Klarer lost his life fighting for the United States in World War II. His number, alongside those of Bill Nowling, Willis Tucker, and Ron Fuson -- other Vols who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during WWII -- was officially retired in 2006. 



Tennessee legend Ron Widby turns 70 years old today. He is the last four-sport letterman in UT history, earning All-American status in both football and basketball as well as one letter in baseball and golf. During his senior year in 1966-67, Widby led nation in punting average at 43.8 yards per kick and went on to average 22.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in basketball to help lead the Vols to a conference title. He was first team All-America in both sports and picked up an SEC Player of the Year award in basketball. 




Happy Birthday - March 4

We've got two Big Orange birthdays to celebrate on this March 4 as football's Matt Giampapa and baseball VFL Dalton Saberhagen are each blowing out the candles today!

A long snapper from Jackson, Tennessee, Giamapapa just concluded his redshirt junior season in 2014. He started all 13 games for the Vols, providing long snapper duties on all 80 punts and 69 kicks for a grand total of 149 snaps on the season. Born this day in 1993, Giampapa is 22 years old.

Matt  Giampapa

With baseball season now in full swing, we're also wishing a happy birthday to alumnus and Calabasas, California, native Dalton Saberhagen. A lefty reliever, Saberhagen appeared in 54 games in his UT career, turning in a career record of 6-5 with a 5.62 ERA. 

Dalton Saberhagen

Happy birthday, Matt and Dalton!



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