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Vols place four on ABCA / Rawlings All-America Teams

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The post-season All-America accolades continue to pile up for members of the Tennessee baseball team after their record-breaking 2022 season.

Four Vols were awarded to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-America teams, which were announced Friday-morning.

sophomore pitcher Chase Dollander earned his fourth first-team All-America nod, becoming the first UT player to achieve first-team All-America consensus since VFL and World Series champion pitcher Luke Hochevar in 2005.

Dollander has now received first-team All-America acclaim from four outlets and was also named the SEC Pitcher of the Year, only the second player in program history to win that award (Hochevar, 2005). The Evans, Georgia native set a perfect 10-0 record and led the country with a 0.80 WHIP. He also finished second in the SEC with 108 strikeouts and led the conference with a 2.39 ERA while keeping his opponents at a .175 batting average.

Position players Trey Lipscomb (third base) and Drew Gilbert (outfield) were both rosters of the second team after placing first and fourth in the SEC in runs batted in this season. Lipscomb’s 84 RBIs rank third in single-season program history, while Gilbert’s 70 ranks eighth. The duo also hit 33 of Tennessee’s record-breaking 158 home runs together.

This is the fourth All-America team that both players have been selected for this year. Lipscomb was one of three finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, while Gilbert was a first-team All-SEC roster and SEC Tournament MVP this season.

Rounding out the group of ABCA All-America honorees is freshman pitcher Chase Burns, who took the third-team honors of becoming the most decorated freshman in Tennessee since former AL Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey. This marks Burns’ third All-America team selection this year. Dickey is the only Vol to be named to more All-America teams as a freshman, gaining recognition from four outlets in 1994.

Burns has also earned Freshman All-America honors in three different publications and was named Freshman National Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball.

After turning down the chance to play professional baseball out of high school, Burns had a phenomenal debut season for the Big Orange, finishing with an 8-2 record and 2.91 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts while serving as the Vols’ Friday night starter for most of the season. The Gallatin, Tennessee’s eight wins rank fifth for a UT freshman, and his 103 punchouts rank third in program history.

In Tennessee, eight players have taken non-freshman All-America honors this season, doubling the previous program record of four sets in 2021 and 1994. If you count freshman All-Americans, the Vols have nine players All-America recognition earning them, which also broke the previous school record of five in 2021.

To see the full ABCA All-America teams, click HERE† A full list of Tennessee’s postseason All-Americans and national award winners can be seen below.

Tennessee Postseason All-Americans/National Awards Winners

Tony Vitello

Perfect Game National Coach of the Year

RHPDrew Beam

NCBWA Second Team
NCBWA freshmen (first team)
Collegiate baseball freshman team
Perfect game freshman team

DH / 1BBlake Burke

Collegiate baseball freshman team
Perfect game freshman team

RHPChase Burns

NCBWA Freshman National Pitcher of the Year
Collegiate Baseball National Fellow Freshman Player of the Year
NCBWA First Team
ABCA Third Team
Collegiate Baseball Third Team
Collegiate baseball freshman team
NCBWA freshmen (first team)
Perfect game freshman team

RHPChase Dollander

ABCA first team
NCBWA First Team
Collegiate Baseball First Team
Perfect game first team

FROMDrew Gilbert

NCBWA First Team
ABCA Second Team
Collegiate Baseball Second Team
Perfect Game Second Team

RHP Ben Joyce

NCBWA Third Team

1BLuc Lipcius

CoSIDA Academic Second Team

3BTrey Lipscomb

NCBWA First Team
ABCA Second Team
Collegiate Baseball Second Team
Perfect game third team

2BJorel Ortega

Perfect Game Second Team

CEvan Russell

CoSIDA Academic First Team

LHP Redmond Walsh

NCBWA Second Team

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