The Vanderbilt Commodores are the national No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, so it was no surprise to see the the program has more Collegiate Baseball All-American selections than any other in the country.
Pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter were named first team All-Americans while outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. was named a second team All-American.
Rocker and Leiter — both All-SEC first team selections — are tied for the third-most strikeouts in the NCAA with 135. Rocker, who is 11-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 91 innings pitched, ranks second in the NCAA in wins (11) and 16th in strikeouts per nine innings (13.3).
Leiter, the SEC Newcomer of the Year, went 8-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 83 innings. He ranks third in hits allowed per nine innings (3.9) and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (14.6), and he has the eighth-best WHIP (0.87).
Bradfield Jr., the SEC Freshman of the Year, hit a conference-best .365 in 55 games with one home run, 33 RBIs, 51 runs scored and 72 hits while leading the nation with 42 stolen bases in 48 attempts. He has a slugging percentage of .442, an on-base percentage of .477 and a fielding percentage of .991.
The SEC had only three other first-team selections, including Mississippi pitcher Doug Nikhazy, Arkansas pitcher Kevin Kopps and Mississippi State outfielder Tanner Allen. The conference had two second team selections — Texas A&M first baseman Will Frizzell, Auburn shortstop Ryan Bliss — and three third team selections — catcher Sam Praytor, Tennessee third baseman Jake Rucker and South Carolina designated hitter Wes Clarke.
Vanderbilt hosts Presbyterian on Friday at 6 p.m. at Hawkins Field in the first game of the Nashville Regional. The Commodores play again on Saturday and, potentially, on Sunday.
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