Tennessee's Alerick Soularie scores on Evan Russell's three-run double Friday (Aaron Fitt)


Soularie Impacts Vols With His Bat — And His Presence

At The Ballpark

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — As Evan Russell met with reporters following his big three-hit performance in Tennessee’s 11-5 win over Missouri, a teammate came up behind him and put a hipster-ish brown felt hat with a narrow brim on his head. Russell didn’t miss a beat and kept talking. Behind him, teammate Alerick Soularie found a spot on the turf and started doing pushups, making sure a rolling TV camera would pick him up.

His “pushup bomb” complete, Soularie waited his turn to greet the media, and when it came, Russell placed that brown “mojo hat” on Soularie’s head, where it rested naturally, slightly cocked.

When told that he pulled off the hat much better than Russell did, Soularie immediately responded matter-of-factly, “Oh, I know.”

For all of Soularie’s massive contributions on the field for Tennessee in his first season after transferring in from San Jacinto (Texas) JC, he’s also made a big impact on the Volunteers with his presence. His sense of humor is clearly a positive force in the UT clubhouse, and his fierce competitive drive is contagious.

“His will to win is really tough to measure,” Tennessee coach Tony Vitello said. …

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