NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt matched UCLA for the nation’s high mark in garnering five student-athletes named Perfect Game/Rawlings All-Americans, including three first-team honorees, the organization announced Wednesday.
Right fielder JJ Bleday, relief pitcher Tyler Brown and shortstop Ethan Paul were recognized as first-team All-Americans while starting pitcher Drake Fellows and third baseman Austin Martin made appearances on the third team.
Bleday, who was selected fourth overall by the Miami Marlins, is the national leader in home runs (26) and heads into the College World Series having reached base in 45 consecutive games. Brown leads the SEC with 14 saves and has posted a 2.59 ERA. Paul has batted .323 and has matched Dominic de la Osa for the program benchmark in doubles (63).
Fellows has posted a 12-1 record alongside a 4.15 ERA. The right-hander is tied for third in Vanderbilt history in single-season wins and has not allowed more than two earned runs in seven of his last 12 starts. Martin is Vandy’s single-season leader in runs scored (83) and is fourth in single-season hits (100).
No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt begins its title hunt against No. 7 national seed Louisville at 1 p.m. Sunday from the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN