The volunteers had four team members recognized by the publication, including the head coach Tony Vitellowho was named the nation’s best coach midway through the season after leading UT to their best overall start (28-1) and best SEC start (9-0) in program history.
True freshman standout Drive away the burns was named the top pitcher and top freshman in the nation, in addition to being named to D1Baseball.com’s All-America Midseason Team. Weekend Freshman Companion Drew Beam and junior outfielder Drew Gilbert were also named to the All-America Midseason Team.
Burns and Beam have been two of the best pitchers in the entire country this season, regardless of class, as they both come into this weekend’s series against Missouri with perfect 6-0 records, the best in the SEC. The duo also ranks one and two in the conference in ERA and opponent’s batting average. Beam’s 0.88 ERA is the fourth-lowest in the nation while Burns ranks sixth in the SEC with 52 strikeouts. Both freshmen were also named to the Golden Spikes Award Mid-Season Watch List earlier this week.
Gilbert was once again one of Tennessee’s top hitters this year, ranking second in the SEC and sixth nationally with a .446 batting average. The Stillwater, Minn., native also ranks in the SEC’s top five in slugging percentage (4and – .815), percentage on base (2n/a – .557) and double (t-3rd – 11). His 31 RBI ranks second on the team and tied for seventh in the SEC despite missing seven games due to injury earlier this season.
To see D1Baseball.com’s full mid-season report, click HERE.