Tennessee baseball players James Adkins, J.P. Arencibia and Julio Borbon are among six Volunteers who garnered postseason honors from the Southeastern Conference Tuesday. The highly touted trio of junior standouts saw themselves tabbed as second-team All-SEC selections. Meanwhile, UT freshmen Yan Gomes and Jeff Lockwood each were named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, and sophomore pitcher Aaron Everett earned a spot on the SEC Baseball Community Service Team. The All-SEC teams were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.
Florida first baseman Matt LaPorta was named SEC Player of the Year, while Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin was selected as the league’s Coach of the Year. Vanderbilt left-hander David Price earned SEC Pitcher of the Year acclaim, and Ole Miss outfielder Jordan Henry was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Adkins has enjoyed yet another outstanding season on the mound for UT, and his 2007 campaign was highlighted by a 14-strikeout performance at LSU April 27 during which he broke Tennessee’s all-time strikeouts record. Adkins’ 3.01 ERA ranks fourth in the SEC, and his 128 strikeouts rank second. Opposing batters have hit just .241 against the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native this season, and he was twice named the SEC Pitcher of the Week.
Despite battling through a nagging back injury this season, Arencibia has gained steam recently and now leads the Vols with a .336 batting average and in SEC play. Overall, the Miami, Fla., native is hitting .330 with eight home runs and 14 doubles. He has driven in a total of 40 runs on the year, and he leads the team with a .453 on-base percentage.
Borbon also dealt with an injury this year after a preseason ankle fracture caused him to miss UT’s first 18 games. Since returning to the Vols lineup, Borbon has excelled at the plate. He leads the team with a .346 batting average and six triples. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native has driven in 28 runs on 56 hits and boasts an outstanding .355 career batting average.
Arencibia and Borbon recently became the 13th and 14th Vols ever to log 200 career hits. Arencibia now has 226 hits, while Borbon has 219 to his credit. Arencibia’s 33 career homers are tied for fifth place on UT’s all-time list.
First baseman Yan Gomes and designated hitter Jeff Lockwood continued Tennessee’s recent trend of SEC All-Freshman honorees. The Vols have had six selections over the past three years. Gomes, who has started 30 games at first base and 26 behind the plate for UT, is tied for the team RBIs lead with 45 on the season. He also boasts eight home runs and has collected 68 hits.
Lockwood has starred for the Big Orange both at the plate and on the mound this season. The Knoxville, Tenn., native is hitting .306 with 53 hits, 33 RBIs and four home runs. As UT’s bullpen ace, the left-hander owns a 2-2 record with a league-leading eight saves and a 3.20 ERA.
Everett was selected as Tennessee’s representative on the 2006 SEC Baseball Community Service Team. The Loudon, Tenn., native has taken part in many community service projects during his time at UT. He has made multiple visits to local hospitals, including three trips to East Tennessee Children's Hospital. He participated in the "Friends of the Smokies" event and instructed children at the Lakeshore Baseball Clinic. Everett assisted with Knoxville's "Race For The Cure" and took part in a Volunteer Athletic & Scholarship Fund (VASF) autograph session. He also spoke to students at Friendsville Elementary School and assisted in "Buddy's Race Against Cancer". He delivered holiday food to the Manna House food pantry and helped purchase and then deliver toys and supplies to the Mission of Hope during the holidays. Everett also participated in UT's April Play Day.
The SEC sponsors a Community Service Team for all 20 sports it sponsors. The league looks to highlight a student-athlete from each school who gives back to his/her respective community in superior service efforts.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information