June 15, 2011
Vanderbilt College World Series central
Nashville, Tenn. - Baseball America announced the publication's All-America teams Wednesday with four Commodores being named to the second team.
Pitchers Grayson Garvin and Sonny Gray join third baseman Jason Esposito and first baseman Aaron Westlake on the 48-player list. With four players on the team, Vanderbilt led the nation with the most players selected.
For Garvin it is the second All-America accolade with the lefty picking up second team honors from Louisville Slugger already. He was selected as the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year and was also a first team All-SEC performer. He set the school record for wins in a single season with 13 and is the first pitcher to ever go 10-0 in SEC play. Garvin became the eighth first round pick on Tim Corbin's watch at Vanderbilt when the Tampa Bay Rays chose him with the 59th pick.
Gray has been the Friday night starter for Vandy for the past two years and is second all-time with 27 wins in his career. His hard work was rewarded when the Oakland Athletics selected him with the 18th overall pick in last week's MLB Draft. He will start for the Commodores on Saturday in the school's first-ever College World Series game.
Esposito was a pre-season All-American and leads the team with a .357 average and 59 RBI. He is the only player to have played in every game for VU the last two seasons and was a second round pick by Baltimore.
Westlake matched a school record and became the first Commodore since 1991 to hit three home runs in a game when the slugger belted three dingers against Oregon State last Saturday. He leads the team with 17 home runs and was a third round pick of Detroit.
The quartet became the first Vanderbilt All-Americans since 2007 when a school record five Commodores (David Price, Casey Weathers, Pedro Alvarez, Dominic de la Osa and Ryan Flaherty) earned honors from various media outlets.
Vanderbilt opens the College World Series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against North Carolina on ESPN.