Kingsport's Own Brantley Kilgore Suits Up For Vols Baseball
Brantley Kilgore has been "called up" to pitch for Tennessee's baseball team.
Kilgore was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday and was in uniform with the Vols on Wednesday when they played East Tennessee State in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
Kilgore transferred to Tennessee from Tennessee Tech during the summer and was invited by the coaching staff to a tryout. He was chosen to walk on.
He was with the team for a while but chose to concentrate on his studies instead.
When two key relievers went down with injuries, however, Kilgore—who had been on scholarship at Tennessee Tech—got a call from Coach Todd Raleigh.
The process began to get him a physical and to gain clearance from the NCAA.
Kilgore was on the bench wearing No. 31 on Wednesday. He is a junior, by eligibility.
"Coach Raleigh actually hoped to pitch him some last night,'' said pitching coach Fred Corral. “But it didn't work out.''
Corral said Kilgore was asked to join the team to help with mid-week games, so the coaching staff could save some arms for weekend SEC games. He will not be on the travel team for SEC games for now.
"We're looking for him to help us in mid-week situations,'' said Corral. “So we can save some arms for the weekend.''
Kilgore was 2-1 with a 7.90 ERA at Tennessee Tech last season with one save. He pitched in 11 games, all out of the bullpen.
He played two seasons at Tennessee Tech before transferring. He was a starter as a freshman sometimes.
He was the Big Nine Player of the Year and all-state his junior year at Dobyns-Bennett. He also made All-Big Nine as a senior. He was a three-year starter for the Indians.
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