June 12, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Three Vanderbilt Commodores earned All-American status from Baseball America with Tony Kemp, Tyler Beede and Kevin Ziomek getting the nod.
Kemp becomes the first VU player to be named first team All-American by Baseball America since 2007 when Pedro Alvarez, David Price and Casey Weathers were tagged first teamers. Kemp had an outstanding junior season for the Commodores winning SEC Player of the Year to become just the second Vanderbilt player to earn that award (Hunter Bledsoe, 1999). Kemp led the Dores with a .391 average and is the fourth Vandy player to register at least 100 hits in a season, picking up a team-high 104 hits. The Franklin, Tenn. native has already been named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He was a fifth round selection of the Houston Astros last week.
Beede was named to the publication's second team after leading the nation in wins with 14 as a sophomore. The right-hander is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and along with Kemp is one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. Beede went 14-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 17 starts. The Auburn, Mass. native was picked as a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball last week.
Ziomek was placed on Baseball America's third team after a stellar junior year. The lefty anchored the Commodores' starting rotation going 11-3 with a 2.12 ERA, the fifth lowest ERA in school history and lowest since the legendary Jeff Peeples posted a 1.64 ERA in 1973. Ziomek tossed three complete games in 2013, including a one-hit, 15-strikeout shutout vs. Illinois-Chicago. The Amherst, Mass. native was the first Commodore off the board in last week's Major League Draft going in the second round to the Detroit Tigers.
Vanderbilt and Cal State Fullerton led the way with three players on Baseball America's three All-American teams. 2013 marks the third time (2007, 2001) in school history the Commodores have placed multiple players on BA's All-American team.
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