Sowers, a native of Louisville, Ky., and a product of Ballard High School, led all Commodore pitchers this past season in wins (six), ERA (4.37), innings pitched (101.0), strikeouts (85) and pickoffs (12). He finished the year with a 6-5 record. His 101.0 innings pitched set a single-season record for VU freshmen hurlers while his 85 strikeouts were the third-most by a VU freshman pitcher in school history. Eighty of the 104 hits he surrendered were singles. Sowers pitched seven or more innings in 12 of 13 starts and registered a pair of complete games.
Among Southeastern Conference pitchers, Sowers ranked fourth
with 85 strikeouts while his 101.0 innings pitched ranked seventh.
His 12 pickoffs were a league high. Sowers finished with a 4-5 record
against the powerful SEC with a 5.52 ERA, 26 walks, 50 strikeouts and
91 hits in 75.0 innings of work.
Among his top performances was his collegiate debut in which
he scattered four hits, two walks and an earned run while striking
out 10 at Louisville on Feb. 24. The effort earned him SEC Pitcher of
the Week honors. He also struck out a season-high 12 against Iowa,
March 2. His best league performance came April 28 when he scattered
seven hits and a walk while striking out eight to post his first
collegiate complete-game shutout victory.
Vanderbilt finished the 2002 campaign 24-27 overall and 7-21
in the SEC.
Baseball: Sowers named to Frosh All-American team
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