College baseball’s opening day is two months away but already Vanderbilt is being recognized nationally.
One day after the Commodores were ranked 23rd by Collegiate Baseball, left fielder Tony Kemp was named a third-team All-American by the same publication on Tuesday.
Last spring, as a freshman, Kemp provided a spark for Vanderbilt, batting .329 in the leadoff spot. The Centennial product led the team with seven triples, in addition to eight doubles and 34 RBIs. He was named a Freshman All-American and was tabbed as the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Year.
Kemp is one six returning position players who started last year for Vanderbilt, which went 54-12, grabbed a share of the SEC crown and reached the first College World Series in program history.
The Commodores open the 2012 season on Feb. 17 at Stanford for a three-game series in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Cardinal were ranked third by Collegiate Baseball after going 35-22 last year and reaching an NCAA Regional.