Price Named National Player of Year
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May 30, 2007
Price shared the award with Tony Thomas of Florida State and was also named a first-team All-American. Senior right-hander Casey Weathers and junior outfielder Dominic de la Osa also garnered first-team plaudits.
Pedro Alvarez rounded out the Vanderbilt contingent, earning second-team honors.
"It's an honor to receive the award and be recognized as one of the top players in the country," said Price. "I am also happy that my teammates were named All-Americans. They are great players and definitely deserve it."
Price was a Freshman All-American in 2005 and was a third team selection a year ago. He has had one of the best seasons on the mound this year and enters NCAA tournament play with an 11-0 record an 2.71 ERA. The Murfreesboro product leads all of Division I with 175 strikeouts (school single season record) and only has 29 walks in 123.0 innings.
De la Osa is also having the best year of his career with a .386 batting average with 19 homers and 60 RBI (all career bests). He was an All-SEC pick by the coaches and also was a an all-tournament pick after hitting two homers with eight RBI in six games last week.
Weathers is 11-2 on the year with a 2.64 ERA and is one of three players nationally to lead his team in wins and saves. The California native was also a first team All-SEC selection and has 67 strikeouts with 18 walks in 44.1 innings.
Alvarez, the National Freshman of the Year in 2006, picked up where he left off a year ago and currently leads the team with a .397 batting average to go with 17 homers and 65 RBI. The batting average and homer total are career bests and his 39 career homers are the eighth most all-time in Vanderbilt. The New York City native was recently named to the USA National Team for the second straight year and is in contention for the Golden Spikes Award along with Price. He was a first team All-SEC pick and was named the MVP of the conference tournament last week.