Murfreesboro native Drew Beam has been a cool and calm customer on the backend of the weekend rotation for the Vol baseball team in his first two seasons on Rocky Top. Not even he envisioned this success after missing his junior year of high school due to Covid cancellations and his senior season due to Tommy John surgery.
“I was dying to get back on the field after those two years missed,” Beam said. “The pandemic and then the injury. The injury part sucked. I never knew coming in to college what my role was going to be but when they named me the Sunday starter I was excited and I ran with it.”
Beam found out he would get the nod on Sunday at the last possible moment which was good because it didn’t give him a chance to think about it.
“Coach walked in on Sunday of that first series and my name was in the starting pitching role,” Beam said. “I knew it was between me and another guy and coach didn’t want me to overthink it the night before. I think it worked well.”
Beam wore the #11 as a quarterback at Blackman high school and pitcher for the Blaze. He got to Tennessee and was given the #32 and has made it his own.
“I love the new number,” Beam said. “Dollander had my number from high school and he was coming in as big name from Georgia Southern and so they rolled 32 toward me and I said let’s roll with it and I like it now.”
Beam’s sister Carlee has Spinal Muscular Atrophy and thus he plays inspired baseball for her. She comes to all of his games and they are extremely close. He wears a purple glove in honor of SMA.
“A good or bad game, she is always the first person I see after the game,” Beam said. “It brings a smile to my face and lights up everyone around her. Everyone at Lindsey Nelson knows who she is. Everyone on campus is starting to know her story.”
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