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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
Baseball 2001 Recruiting Class Rankings
1. Southern California
2. Louisiana St.
3. Notre Dame
4. Miami, Fla.
8. Arizona St.
9. Florida St.
10. South Carolina
13. Cal. St. Fullerton
14. Georgia Tech
15. Oklahoma St.
16. Texas Tech
17. San Jose St.
18. Mississippi St.
20. Cal. St. Northridge
27. Wichita St.
29. Long Beach St.
30. Texas A&M