Collegiate Baseball Ranks Vanderbilt's Recruiting Class 19th-Best Nationally

Collegiate Baseball magazine has ranked Vanderbilt's 2001 recruiting class 19th-best in the nation according to its Oct. 5 issue.

Commodore head coach Roy Mewbourne's class of seven freshmen newcomers is highlighted by 2001 Major League Baseball draftees Jeremy Sowers and Scott Shapiro. Sowers, a left-handed pitcher from Louisville, Ky., was the 20th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds but declined to play professionally. Shapiro, a right-handed pitcher from Oceanside, Calif., was selected in the 19th round by the San Diego Padres, but also decided instead to play collegiately for the Commodores.

The class also includes right-handed pitcher Jeff Sues from Middletown, N.J., shortstop Tony Mansolino from Clovis, Calif., left-handed pitcher John Scott from Raleigh, N.C., infielder Zach Simpson from Fayetteville, Ark., and outfielder/first baseman Matt Zeller from Kansas City, Mo.

"It's not only the additions Sowers and Shapiro that make this class special," Mewbourne said. "Sues, Mansolino and the others are very important parts to this class, this team and the future. These types of recruits will only help our program build for the future. We hope that the rankings of this class continue to build excitement and attract more talented players in the future."

Southern California ranked atop the publication's recruiting class list for the second time in three years. Southeastern Conference member LSU ranked second. Vanderbilt's class ranked fifth-best in the league behind LSU, Ole Miss (sixth), South Carolina (10th), and Mississippi State (18th).

Fall practice for the Commodores began Sept. 24. Vanderbilt will open the 2002 season against Tennessee Tech, Feb. 12, in the brand new Charles Hawkins Field at the McGugin Center.

Collegiate Baseball 2001 Recruiting Class Rankings
1. Southern California
2. Louisiana St.
3. Notre Dame
4. Miami, Fla.
5. Stanford
6. Mississippi
7. Clemson
8. Arizona St.
9. Florida St.
10. South Carolina
11. Oklahoma
12. Texas
13. Cal. St. Fullerton
14. Georgia Tech
15. Oklahoma St.
16. Texas Tech
17. San Jose St.
18. Mississippi St.
19. Vanderbilt
20. Cal. St. Northridge
21. Tennessee
22. Arkansas
23. Alabama
24. Rice
25. Baylor
26. UCLA
27. Wichita St.
28. California
29. Long Beach St.
30. Texas A&M


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