June 30, 2014
Nashville, Tenn. - Three Commodores are on USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team final roster as the team prepares for international competition this summer.
Bryan Reynolds joins Dansby Swanson and Carson Fulmer on the squad after one of the best freshman seasons in Vanderbilt history. The Brentwood, Tenn. native led the Dores in hitting with a .338 batting average and RBI with 54. He was one of only three players to play in all 72 games for VU during the season, starting in 71. The outfielder posted a stellar postseason hitting .400 with 10 RBI during the NCAA Tournament, including nine hits in the College World Series. His 24 doubles are the most ever by a freshman at Vanderbilt.
Swanson and Fulmer had already secured spots on the roster but the addition of Reynolds gives Vanderbilt three players on the team for the second time in history. Matching the 2006 Team USA squad that featured David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Casey Weathers. Vandy head coach Tim Corbin coached that team to a gold medal in the World University Championships in Cuba. The trio of Commodores on the 2014 team pushes the total to 13 Dores to wear the Red, White and Blue for the Collegiate National Team.
Reynolds also picked up another Freshman All-American honor with Baseball America honoring him and reliever Hayden Stone. Stone was a lockdown pitcher out of the pen for the Dores all season striking out 80 over 58 innings with only 14 walks. The right-hander from Columbia, Tenn. went 4-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his first season on West End. He came up big in the Super Regional vs. Stanford to earn the win with six innings of work and won two games in the College World Series, including the title clincher vs. Virginia.