Knoxville, Tenn.--(UTSports) University of Tennessee baseball players Drake Owenby, A.J. Simcox and Christin Stewart have been tabbed first team Perfect Game All-Americans for their outstanding performance over the summer.
Playing for the Alaska Baseball League’s Mat-Su Miners, Simcox was named the nation’s second-ranked shortstop of the summer. The rising sophomore led the Miners and the ABL with a .356 batting average, garnering the league’s Silver Slugger Award. In addition to batting average, the Knoxville native led the league in hits (48) and runs scored (27), while tying for second with 20 RBI.
A fellow Miner, Stewart was named the ABL’s Most Valuable Player after leading the league with 31 RBI, 14 doubles and five home runs. The rising sophomore outfielder also ranked second in the ABL in batting average (.336), hits (42) and runs scored (26).
Starting a combined 91 games for the Vols last season, Stewart and Simcox hit .310 and .283, respectively, during their freshmen seasons on Rocky Top. The duo ranked first and second on the team in RBI with 27 and 26, respectively.
Playing for the San Luis Obispo Blues of the California Collegiate League, Owenby dominated the late innings this summer, leading the league with eight saves and 50 strikeouts in just 26 innings pitched. The rising sophomore lefty finished the summer with a 1.01 ERA.
Owenby and Tennessee teammate Dalton Saberhagen both garnered CCL awards. Pitching for Conejo Oaks, Saberhagen led the league with a perfect 7-0 record and was named the CCL’s Most Valuable Pitcher. He compiled a 2.68 ERA over 57 innings. Owenby was named one of the top pitching prospects in the CCL this summer.
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