Fulmer is SEC Pitcher of the Year

Nashville, Tenn. (VUAD)– Carson Fulmer has been named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year after his historic season.

Fulmer becomes the third Commodore to earn SEC Pitcher of the Year honors after becoming just the fourth pitcher in league history to win the pitching triple crown. The Lakeland, Fla. native led the SEC in wins (11), ERA (1.51) and strikeouts (132) to make him the first pitcher since Tennessee’s Luke Hochevar in 2005 to lead the league in those three categories.

In 10 SEC starts, the junior went 8-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 73.1 innings. He has won eight straight starts entering the postseason, recording three complete games, including two shutouts. Fulmer has recorded 11-plus strikeouts in six of his 14 starts on the season with five of those coming against SEC opponents. The right-hander twice struck out a career-best 14 during league games setting a new career-high in his two-hit shutout of Ole Miss on April 9. He repeated the performance in his final regular season start at Alabama, also a two-hitter. The right-hander’s 132 strikeouts match former Commodore Sonny Gray (2011) for third-most in a single season at Vanderbilt.

Fulmer posted eight scoreless outings in his 14 starts during the season with a streak of three consecutive starts in April. The right-hander did not allow runs against Ole Miss, at South Carolina and Missouri running the streak to 24 innings into his start at Kentucky. His last scoreless outing came in a shutout of Florida with 11 strikeouts, his second shutout of the Gators in two years. Fulmer joins former Commodores David Price (2007) and Grayson Garvin (2011) as the only Vanderbilt pitchers to earn the award. Fulmer was also named first team All-SEC and to the All-Defensive team.

Dansby Swanson was tagged as the second team All-SEC shortstop after leading the Commodores in average (.347), runs (60), doubles (19) and triples (6) during the regular season. Swanson led the SEC in runs scored and was among the league leaders in average (14th), on-base percentage (10th), hits (7th), RBI (7th), doubles (3rd), triples (2nd), home runs (11th) and walks (10th). The junior is also a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace award, given annually to the nation’s top shortstop.

Three Vandy freshmen were named to the Freshman All-SEC team with Jeren Kendall, Will Toffey and Kyle Wright picking up accolades. Toffey led the Commodores in hitting in SEC games hitting .348 with three home runs and 25 RBI. The Barnstable, Mass. native has a 27-game hitting streak in league games having posted at least one hit in every SEC game except his debut against Arkansas in March. Kendall started 24 games in the outfield in SEC play for the Dores hitting three homers and driving in 12 runs and scoring 12 more. The Holmen, Wisc. native leads the Commodores with 14 stolen bases. Wright matched Ben Bowden for the most relief appearances in league games with 10 posting a 1.23 ERA and a bullpen-best 21 strikeouts. The Huntsville, Ala. native recorded his first career save on Friday night with two perfect innings against Alabama.

Vanderbilt opens postseason play on Wednesday at the SEC Tournament against the winner of Missouri/South Carolina.

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