Baseball: Sowers earns All-America honors

Vanderbilt sophomore left-hander Jeremy Sowers (Louisville, Ky.) has been named a preseason All-American by a pair of baseball publications. Sowers earned second team All-America honors from Baseball America and third team All-America accolades from Louisville Slugger and <i>Collegiate Baseball</I> newspaper.

Sowers and Oklahoma sophomore left-hander David Purcey, who also earned second-team honors, were the only two sophomore hurlers to receive recognition from the Baseball America listing that included three All-America teams, honoring 15 pitchers.

Sowers and Mississippi State junior left-hander Paul Maholm were the only pitchers from the Southeastern Conference represented. Sowers was one of nine sophomore pitchers and 63 players overall chosen to the three teams selected by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball.

Sowers, Maholm and LSU senior right-hander Jake Tompkins were the three SEC pitchers honored.

Last year, Sowers was one of 19 starting pitchers nationwide to earn Freshman All-America honors from Louisville Slugger and "Collegiate Baseball." As the Commodores' top pitcher, Sowers went 6-5 while leading Vanderbilt in wins (six), ERA (4.37), innings pitched (101.0), strikeouts (85) and pickoffs (12).  His 85 strikeouts tied for sixth-most by SEC pitchers and first among all freshmen hurlers in the league.

His strikeout total also ranked third all-time among freshmen pitchers at Vanderbilt. His 101.0 innings pitched set a Vanderbilt record for freshmen pitchers.

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