Eric Nelson was a long-time supporter of the Tennessee baseball program and became friends with head coach Dave Serrano.
Eric's son Ryan played baseball at Knoxville Catholic and currently plays third base for Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. During Eric's lengthy battle with cancer, Tennessee and Quinnipiac agreed to play a series in Knoxville to give Eric a chance to watch his son play college baseball.
Sadly, Eric passed away a few weeks ago before getting that chance.
In honor of Eric, Ryan caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown by his mother Jane before Friday's game.