Tennessee offensive lineman Anthony Parker underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee earlier on Tuesday, according to Vols head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh.
Dr. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic performed the operation and McVeigh expects Parker to make a full recovery in time for Tennessee’s offseason conditioning program that begins in June.
The Jonesboro, Ga., native was a consensus All-SEC selection last year at guard, as the unit only gave up four sacks in 534 team pass attempts. In spring drills he competed almost entirely at the center position in place of injured Josh McNeil.
Also, it was announced that wide receiver Kenny O’Neal will leave UT and transfer to another school. O’Neal was a highly prized junior college recruit, but he rarely contributed for the Vols in 2007, his only season at UT.
Lipscomb takes down Austin Peay
Lipscomb’s baseball team got plenty of offense on Tuesday, plating a run in each of the first six innings to defeat Austin Peay 7-2 in the Bisons’ final home game.
The Bisons wasted no time getting on the board, plating two in the first inning. Blake Bratcher drove in the first run of the game on a single to center, while Justin Sanders brought the second run home on a fielder's choice.
Jared Picchiottino gave the Bisons a 3-0 lead in the second on a solo home run to lead off the inning.
The Governors broke through against Bisons starter Paul Piennette in the third, plating a run to bring the score to 3-1.
The Bisons got the run back in the bottom of the inning on an RBI groundout by Sanders.
After the Governors responded with another run in the fourth, the Bisons scored another run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Gutierrez.
Bratcher increased the Bisons lead with an RBI single in the fifth, and Allen Bolden made the score 7-2 with an RBI double in the sixth.
Testa, McCall lead Belmont
Three shutout innings from junior Chris Manning and three hits from juniors Carlo Testa and Brandon McCall propelled the Belmont baseball team to a 12-5 victory over Tennessee-Martin at Greer Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Manning earned his 25th save of his career, which ties the all-time Belmont record set by Bradford Vieria from 1994-97.
Belmont’s improved its record to 22-29 while Tennessee-Martin fell to 10-38.
Freshman Dane Swinehart pitched three shutout innings while giving up four hits in relief to earn the win and improve his record to 3-3 on the season.
Manning also went three innings and gave up only two hits with three strikeouts for his fourth save of the year.