Colleges: Vanderbilt freshman earns All-SEC first-team recognition in baseball

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11:16pm
Staff reports

Freshman second baseman Anthony Gomez was the only Vanderbilt player named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team, as determined by a vote of league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Gomez also earned a spot on the All-Freshman team. Pitcher Sonny Gray was named to the All-SEC second team as well as the All-Defensive team. Outfielder Connor Harrell joined Gomez in earning All-Freshman recognition.

Gomez enters this week’s conference tournament with a .398 batting average – tops among freshmen nationally – and is the first VU freshmen since Pedro Alvarez in 2006 to earn all-conference first-team honors.

He struck out five times in 171 at-bats and committed just five errors in 141 chances in the field.

Gray, the Commodores’ Friday starter, is 8-4 with a 3.44 ERA. He has 92 strikeouts in 86.1 innings pitched.

He did not commit an error in the field.

Harrell hit .324 with three home runs and 37 RBIs. He played primarily in center field and committed only one error.

Vanderbilt will face Arkansas in the last of four games scheduled for Wednesday, the opening round of the conference tournament.

Trevecca softball eliminated

Kelsey Lantrip had a pair of doubles and reached on a seventh-inning error, which allowed two runs to score, but Trevecca Nazarene’s attempt to rally fell short in a 5-3 defeat to Belhaven (Miss.) in an elimination game at the NAIA Softball National Championship.

With the loss the Lady Trojans were eliminated. They ended the season with a 44-17 record, which included a 3-0 mark in pool play at the national championship tournament.

Lantrip led off the bottom of the fourth with a double – TNU’s first hit – and eventually scored her team’s first run, which cut Belhaven’s lead to 4-1. She later added another double.

Karli Rush was the only other Trevecca player who had a hit in the contest. She drove in Lantrip with a double of her own in the fourth.

Intra-state football

Vanderbilt and Austin Peay announce they will open the 2013 football season against one another at Vanderbilt Stadium. It will be the first meeting ever between the two Middle Tennessee schools.

“We hold a long-standing tradition of athletic competition with Austin Peay in other sports, including basketball and baseball. Because of that, I think both universities were eager to start a football tradition,” Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said.


• Belmont’s Nate Woods (designated hitter) and Jon Ivie (relief pitcher) were named to the Atlantic Sun Conference’s All-Conference first team in baseball. Liscomb’s Josh Smith (starting) pitcher also was named to the team.