Sowers Continues To Shake Up Record Books 4/29/02
left-hander Jeremy Sowers continues to shake up the Vanderbilt
baseball record books as his solid freshman campaign enters
its final month.
The 19th overall pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 2002
Major League Baseball Draft out of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard
High School, Sowers registered his best Southeastern Conference
outing of the season Sunday (4/28) at home against Mississippi
State. Sowers recorded a seven-hit complete-game shutout against
the Bulldogs, giving up only one walk while striking out eight.
It marked Vanderbilt's first nine-inning complete game shutout
since 1996 (Phil Haigler vs. Kentucky 4/26/96).
With the eight strikeouts against the Bulldogs Sowers now
has 75 punchouts on the year and has moved into third place
all-time for strikeouts by a Vanderbilt freshman pitcher.
Sunday he moved past former Commodore and later Southern California
Trojan Mark Prior (71 strikeouts in 1999) for the third position.
Prior won the 2002 Golden Spikes Award (college baseball's
equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) and was chosen by the Chicago
Cubs as the No. 1 pick in the 2001 Major League Draft.
Sowers ranks first in wins (five), ERA (4.09), complete games
(two), innings pitched (77.0) and strikeouts (75) at Vanderbilt.
His strikeout total ranks fourth best in the SEC while his
27 batters struck out looking is tied for second best in the
Sowers will pitch again Sunday in Vanderbilt's SEC series
finale at Auburn. He will make his final home start in two
weeks against Kentucky (May 10-12).