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Tennessee baseball: Knoxville native Austen Jaslove steps up for the Diamond Vols

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With Tennessee shortstop Maui Ahuna’s eligibility in question, Austen Jaslove filled in on Friday night. 

While most fans know of the Kansas transfer that made national news when he transferred to Tennessee, not as many may know about Jaslove. 

So, who is Jaslove?

Jaslove is a redshirt sophomore that was impressive in the fall. The Knoxville native attended the Christian Academy of Knoxville. 

He impressed many in the fall with his defensive ability. While he struggled against off-speed, he was also facing Tennessee pitchers which boast some of the best in the conference

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Jaslove also boasts above-average speed and arm strength. 

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Out of high school, Jaslove ranked as the No. 43 prospect in Tennessee, according to Perfect Game. He was also the No. 9 shortstop in the Tri-Star State. He won three straight state championships at CAK, playing under legendary coach Tommy Pharr. 

CAK has put out many great baseball players, including Atlanta Braves pitcher Spencer Strider. 

The 6-foot-2 shortstop made his debut against Arizona on Friday night in the absence of Ahuna. Jaslove reached base once, but it was on a fielder’s choice. He grounded out twice and flew out once. 

While Jaslove struggled at the plate on Friday, he shined defensively. Highlighted by a diving stop, Jaslove had a couple of putouts and an assist. 

While Tennessee awaits for the NCAA to clear Ahuna’s “paperwork,” it’s safe to assume we will see a lot more of Jaslove. Jaslove’s versatility also means we may see him in other positions as well over the course of the season.

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