UTM duo among best on diamond
Posted: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:00 pm
Junior pitcher Alec Mills and sophomore designated hitter Phil Sorensen — both members of The University of Tennessee at Martin baseball team — have been named to College Sports Madness’ All-Ohio Valley Conference preseason second team.
Both Mills and Sorensen played a big role in the Skyhawks’ historical season in 2011 — a year in which UT Martin won its first OVC Tournament game in program history. Mills is one of six pitchers recognized on the squad, while Sorensen is one of 10 infielders.
A 6-4 right-hander out of Clarksville, Mills spent the majority of the season as a key asset out of the bullpen before taking the ball in a starting role for two of the season’s biggest games.
With the Skyhawks needing a victory in the regular-season finale against first-place Austin Peay, Mills gutted his way through 8.1 innings — fanning seven while not issuing a single walk to lead the team to the postseason for the first time since 1996.
He then defeated Eastern Kentucky in the OVC Tournament, allowing one earned run in 7.2 innings.
Mills’ 30 appearances ranked as the most in a single season in program history, while his seven victories were good enough for fifth place in the Skyhawk record book.
In addition to finding himself in the top-10 in the OVC in both of those categories, his 7.50 strikeout per nine innings ratio was the ninth-best mark in the league.
Sorensen started hitting from Day One and never let up, earning the Erie, Pa., native a spot on the All-OVC first team.
Entering full-time status on Feb. 27, Sorensen compiled 15 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI.
Overall, the 6-1 masher finished with 12 multi-hit games, seven multiple-RBI outings and had a pair of four-hit performances.
After the season was completed, Sorensen was one of four OVC players and seven national designated hitters to be recognized as a Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. His 15 doubles ranked amongst the best in a single-season in UT Martin history while his .537 slugging percentage came in at 10th in the OVC.
College Sports Madness covers all aspects of college sports, and will feature previews, MLB mock drafts, MLB draft profiles, bracketology, top-25 rankings, weekly awards and recruiting updates throughout the 2012 season. Published in The WCP 1.24.12