Vanderbilt played Virginia in the first game of the College World Series finals at TD Ameritrade Park.
Career Game Highs Hits: *3, last 2/28 vs. UIC Runs: 3, 3/27 at Missouri RBI: 4, 3/29/15 vs. Tennessee Walks: 3, 6/7/14 vs. Louisville HRs: *1, last 2/28 vs. UIC Strikeouts: 3, 6/25/14 vs. Virginia Stolen Bases: 1, 3/6/15 at UCLA
COACH CORBIN QUOTE: First and foremost, everyday positive energy is what this young man brings to our facility. His energy is contagious and is felt by the team and our pitching staff. Between he and Jason, they make up one of the best catching combinations in college baseball. Karl has very good throwing and receiving skills behind the plate. The two years of catching experience that he has gained is invaluable to our club.
2016 - Slipped into 0-for-12 slide with 0-for-3 at Tennessee 4/24... Went 0-for-3 in loss to Kentucky 4/17... Went 0-for-5 in win over Middle Tennessee 4/12... Singled in loss at LSU 4/7... Went 0-for-3 vs. South Carolina 4/2... Scored a career-high three runs and drove in two runs with two hits in win at Missouri 3/27... Singled and scored in loss at Middle Tennessee 3/22... Drove in a run for the second time in three games in loss to Mississippi State 3/19... Went 0-for-4 in win vs. NIU 3/15... Walked twice and scored a run in win over Xavier 3/12, driving in a run... Legged out his first triple of the season in win over Radford 3/8 scoring two runs... Knocked in the first run of the game in win at Stanford 3/3 in second game of DH... Singled and scored in win over EIU 2/24... Collected two hits in his first start of the season against San Diego 2/21 doubling and reaching base three times.
2015- Went 0-for-3 with a walk in win over Indiana 5/30... Singled in a run in NCAA Tournament win over Lipscomb 5/29... Matched a career-best three hits with one RBI and a run scored in SEC Tournament championship game loss to Florida 5/24... Went 0-for-2 in loss to Texas A&M 5/21... Went 0-for-3 in SEC Tournament win vs. Missouri 5/20... Singled and scored in win at Alabama 5/15... Went 0-for-4 in win at Alabama 5/14... Singled for the second time in four games in loss to Florida 5/9... Caught his eighth shutout of the season in win over Florida 5/7 going 0-for-2... Walked twice and went 0-for-2 in win at Kentucky 5/3... Drove in two runs with a single in win at Kentucky 5/1... Went 0-for-3 in victory vs. Missouri 4/26... Drove in a run with a single in the second inning of win over Missouri 4/24... Singled in loss at South Carolina 4/18 to snap 0-for-12 slide... Walked twice and went 0-for-3 in win at South Carolina 4/16... Went 0-for-4 vs. Belmont 4/14... Walked twice and scored a run vs. Ole Miss 4/10... Went 0-for-3 vs. Ole Miss 4/9... Singled twice at Georgia 4/5 to notch his fourth two-hit game in his last seven... Went 0-for-5 in win at Georgia 4/3... Went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in win over Wofford 4/1... Hit his first career grand slam in the first inning to cap a seven-run first against Tennessee 3/29 finished the day 2-for-5 with two runs... Struck out twice in win over Tennessee 3/27... Lined his first career home run over the right field wall for a two-run shot to tie the game in the eighth inning in win at MTSU 3/24 going 2-for-4 with a career-best three RBI... Two singles and a run in nightcap victory at Auburn 3/21 in doubleheader... Struck out twice in loss at Auburn 3/20... Singled in DH game one win over Arkansas 3/14... Struck out twice and went 0-for-4 in win over Quinnipiac 3/11... Doubled and scored in Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic against TCU 3/8... Posted a career-best three hits, including a RBI-double, in win at UCLA 3/6... Went 0-for-4 in win over Evansville 3/3... Struck out twice against Illinois State 2/28... Scored a run and singled in win over Illinois State 2/27... Singled and scored in win vs. Western Kentucky 2/25... Collected a pair of singles in win over Indiana State 2/22 in Port Charlotte, Fla., including a clutch two-out, RBI-single in sixth inning rally... Struck out twice in win over Indiana State 2/20 in Port Charlotte, Fla. but sacrifice bunt set up winning run in ninth... Singled twice to match career-best in first game of doubleheader against Santa Clara 2/14... Earned the opening day start behind the plate vs. Santa Clara 2/13 going 0-for-4.
2014 - Started behind the plate and struck out a career-high three times in win over Virginia 6/25 to clinch national title... Went 0-for-4 but caught all 10 innings of win vs. Texas 6/21 to advance to CWS Finals... Struck out twice and went 0-for-5 as the DH in win over UC Irvine 6/16 at College World Series... Walked a career-high three times going 0-for-1 in College World Series win over Louisville 6/14... Grounded out as a pinch hitter in Super Regional vs. Stanford 6/8... Started behind the plate and went 0-for-4 in loss to Stanford 6/7... Scored two runs and went 1-for-2 as the DH vs. Stanford 6/6 in Super Regional win... Hit by a pitch as a pinch hitter vs. Oregon 6/1 in NCAA Regional championship game to start game-tying rally... Started behind the plate and went 1-for-3 in win over Oregon 5/31... Struck out in his only at-bat vs. LSU 5/21 at SEC Tournament... Knocked in a run and went 1-for-3 vs. South Carolina 5/16... Started behind the plate and matched his career-best with two walks vs. SEMO 5/13... Knocked in a run with a safety squeeze bunt at Florida 5/9... Came off the bench to go 0-for-3 with two strikeouts vs. Louisville 5/6... Started behind the dish at Missouri 5/4 going 0-for-2... Went 0-for-2 vs. Georgia 4/25... Started behind the plate vs. Memphis 4/22 going 0-for-2... Grounded out to end the game as a pinch hitter at Arkansas 4/20... Singled in win at Arkansas 4/19... Posted a career night with two hits, two runs and two RBI to set career-best marks in win over MTSU 4/15... Struck out in his only at-bat vs. Texas A&M 4/11... Picked up his first career start at DH going 1-for-2 with a career-high two RBI against Indiana State 4/8... Earned the start at Tennessee 4/5 going 0-for-1 with a walk... Walked twice and went 1-for-1 with a run scored against UT-Martin 4/1... Drove in his first career run with a single in win over Kentucky 3/29... Started behind the plate against Belmont 3/25 going 0-for-2... Entered the game at Mississippi State 3/21 as a defensive replacement and went 1-for-2... Collected his first career triple going 1-for-5 at Belmont 3/18... Started behind the plate going 1-for-2 with a walk in win vs. Winthrop 3/8... Earned his first career start behind the plate going 1-for-4 in win at MTSU 3/5... Went 0-for-1 off the bench in victory over UIC 2/23... Smacked the first pitch he saw a Commodore into left-center field for a single in his collegiate debut against UIC 2/21.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered four years for the Barron Collier Cougars... Won three straight district championships 2011-13 and claimed the Sarasota Classic championship in 2012... Tabbed an All-Conference performer in 2012 and All-County 2012-13... Played summer ball with numerous Division I athletes including teammates Penn Murfee and John Kilichowski... Played summer ball with FTB Mizuno and the legendary Midland Redskins.
ACADEMICS - Majoring in American studies.
PERSONAL - Karl David Ellison... Born 5/23/95 in Cincinnati, Ohio... Son of Richard and Paula... Has four siblings, Aaron, Joel, Rachel and Marisa... Favorites include Buster Posey (baseball player), New York Yankees (baseball team), MLB The Show (video game), The Natural and Superbad (movies), Criminal Minds and SportsCenter (TV shows), Seth Rogen (actor), Steak and mashed potatoes (meal), Kevin Gates (musician), San Diego (vacation spot)... Uses spontaneous as the one word to describe himself... Says he would be a broadcaster if not an athlete... Roommates with Ryan Johnson and Brendan Spagnuolo... Chose Vanderbilt because it’s a “great school with great coaches and players.”