Three from Vanderbilt, one from Belmont named Freshman All-Americans

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 1:41pm
Staff reports

Three players from Vanderbilt and one from Belmont were named a 2009 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Wednesday.

Commodores’ designated hitter Aaron Westlake, pitcher Sonny Gray and second baseman Riley Reynolds, and Bruins’ outfielder Dylan Craig all were among the 99 players recognized.

Westlake was the Southeastern Conference’s leading hitter during the regular season and finished with a .377 average. He earned SEC All-Freshman honors.

Gray had a team-high five saves, a 5-1 record with a 4.30 ERA. He struck out 72 in 58.2 innings.

Reynolds also earned SEC All-Freshman honors as he hit .332 with 15 doubles. Additionally, he had a team-high 14 sacrifice bunts.

Craig led the Atlantic Sun Conference with 92 hits (a Belmont record), batted .397 and had a 26-game hitting streak. He also led the conference with nine triples, which tied a school record.

The Signal Mountain native was the A-Sun Freshman of the Year and a member of the conference’s 2009 All-Tournament team.

Derek Wiley (2006) is the only other Belmont player ever named a freshman All-American.

Vanderbilt had a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American five times in the previous seven years but never more than one in the same season.

“All three guys played significant roles for us this season and are lynchpins to the future success of our program,” coach Tim Corbin said. “I am happy to see them get recognized by Collegiate Baseball and I know they will only continue to get better.”