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Four Vols Tabbed to Perfect Game Preseason All-America Teams

Four Vols Tabbed to Perfect Game Preseason All-America Teams

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee was well-represented on Perfect Game’s 2023 Preseason All-America teams, which were announced by the organization on Thursday morning.

The Volunteers had four players selected with starting pitchers Chase Dollander and Chase Burns earning first-team recognition, fellow starting pitcher Drew Beam garnering second-team honors and transfer infielder Maui Ahuna snagging a spot on the third team.

Dollander, a consensus first-team All-American last season and the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year, was also tabbed as Perfect Game’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year. The Evans, Georgia, native posted a perfect 10-0 record as a sophomore and led the country with a 0.80 WHIP in 2022. He ranked second in the SEC with 108 strikeouts and led the conference with a 2.39 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .175 batting average.

Dollander enters his junior season as one of the top pitching prospects in recent memory and is projected to be one of the first players taken in the 2023 MLB Draft.

Burns joins Dollander as a first-team All-American after an incredible debut season that saw him earn freshman of the year or freshman pitcher of the year recognition from, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) while garnering unanimous Freshman All-America honors. The hard-throwing right hander was the first pitcher in program history to earn three national award honors in the same season.

Burns was also named to four All-America teams following his freshman campaign, joining former AL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey (1994) as the only players in program history to be selected to four All-America teams as true freshmen. The Gallatin, Tennessee, native finished the 2022 season with an 8-2 record and 2.91 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts while serving as the Vols’ Friday night starter for the majority of the year.

Rounding out the starting pitchers to garner preseason All-America status from Perfect Game was Beam, who is also coming off an unbelievable debut season that saw him take home SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

The Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native was a staple in UT’s weekend rotation, earning unanimous Freshman All-America recognition after posting an 8-1 record to go along with a 2.72 ERA over a team-high 15 starts. Beam held opposing hitters to a .186 batting average and had an impressive 0.93 WHIP. His 2.72 ERA ranks fourth best all-time among Tennessee…

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