Baseball Award Winners 5/21/02
As the 2002 campaign came to a close several Commodores earned
athletic and academic honors. Below is a complete look.
Senior Weekend Awards
The Kentucky series marked the final home games for nine Commodore
seniors last weekend. Each was honored prior to the start
of the series finale on Sunday. Two seniors were singled out
for their outstanding contributions to the team.
* First baseman Sean Luellwitz was named the 2002 Jeff Peeples
Most Valuable Player by his teammates. He also won the award
last season in its inaugural year. He finshed the year leading
the squad in seven offensive categories, including batting
average (.370), hits (77), doubles (16), home runs (12), RBI
(51), total bases (131) and slugging percentage (.630). He
also won the award in 2001.
* Senior second baseman/catcher Scott Vanderhoff earned the
inaugural Team Spirit Award which salutes a Commodore who
has places the needs of the team ahead of any personal goals.
Vanderhoff was called upon the become an emergency catcher
this year when Jonathan Douillard went down with injuries.
Vanderhoff willingly gave up his accustomed role as VU second
baseman and took up a position in which he had no collegiate
Record 16 Players Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll
A league-high and team-record 16 Vanderbilt Commodores were
selected to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Academic
Honor Roll announced today by the league office.
The award is based on grades from the 2000-2001 academic
Current players earning accolades include Jeff Little (Molecular
Biology), Chris Maultsby (Human and Organizational Development),
John Kaye (History), Sean Luellwitz (Human and Organizational
Development), Karl Nonemaker (Human and Organizational Development),
John Prothro (Communication Studies), Jay Smith (Economics)
and Scott Vanderhoff (Human and Organizational Development).
Former players receiving recognition include Rob Bedwell
(Human and Organizational Development), Adam Blue (Human and
Organizational Development), Taylor Childress (Human and Organizational
Development), Kenneth Dyer (Economics), Ulises Cabrera (Human
and Organizational Development), Kyle Flubacker (Human and
Organizational Development), Kevin Geshke (Mathematics) and
Brooks Rutledge (Art History).
Twelve Commodores have garnered the award multiple times.
Kevin Geshke is a four-time award winner. Flubacker, Little,
Luellwitz, Nonemaker and Vanderhoff are three-time honorees.
Bedwell, Cabrera, Dyer, Prothro, Rutledge and Smith are two-time
The previous record for Commodores named to the list was
12 set last season.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must 1)
have a 3.0 grade point average for either the past year (two
semesters or three quarters) or for his career; 2) be a sophomore
or higher in academic classification; and 3) have 24 semesters
or 26 quarter hours countable toward the degree.
Little Named A Finalist For Prestigious SEC Academic
Vanderbilt Commodore senior right-hander Jeff Little has been
named one of 12 male finalist for the SEC's H. Boyd McWhorter
Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. The award honors those
who excel on the playing field and in the classroom.
For being selected as a finalist, Little will receive a $5,000
scholarship for post-graduate studies.
The winner of the award and a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship
will be announced at the SEC Spring Meetings in June.
Little and Luellwitz Earn More Academic Accolades
Vanderbilt's Jeff Little and Sean Luellwitz were named to
the 2002 Verizon Academic All-District IV University Division
Baseball Team announced Thursday by the College of Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Little and Luellwitz garnered recognition as second-team
selections. Little, a senior right-hander on the Commodore
baseball team, is majoring in molecular biology. He entered
the year as a two-time honoree on the Southeastern Conference
Academic Honor Roll. Luellwitz, a senior first baseman, earned
first-team District IV academic honors a year ago. He is majoring
in Human and Organizational Development and twice has been
named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The 2002 SEC Academic
Honor Roll will be released on May 20.
Both Little and Luellwitz graduated cum laude in ceremonies
at Vanderbilt on Friday.
The district team is made up of student-athletes from Division
I schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important
reserve and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.20
or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members
The Verizon Academic All-District Team is part of the Verizon
Academic All-America program. First team selections will appear
on the national ballot for the Verizon Academic All-America