The Postgame: Summer edition...
The summer of 2014 has reached the halfway mark, and Nashville has had its full share of sports news in May and June. Here is a recap on what you may have missed.
Former Lipscomb baseball stars Rex Brothers and Caleb Joseph have been performing well in the MLB. Joseph, who was called up to the majors on May 7, hit his first home run on June 22 against the New York Yankees.
After coming very close to making the MLB All Star team last summer, on June 14 Brothers became the first pitcher in Colorado Rockies history to pitch an “immaculate inning,” which means he struck out three batters on only nine pitches in the inning.
Rex’s younger brother Hunter was drafted by his brother’s team, the Rockies, in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB draft. Brothers is currently pitching for the Grand Junction Rockies of the Pioneer League.
Former Bisons Chris Nunn and Josh Smith are also currently playing in the Minor Leagues. Nunn is pitching for the Lake Elsinore Storm of the California League, while Josh Smith is suiting up for the Louisville Bats of the International League.
Lipscomb Track and Field:
The Lipscomb track and field team continued their run of success from the fall semester into the spring and concluded their triumphant run through the summer thanks to appearances at the NCAA Nationals by Gemikal Prude and Madi Talbert, as well as participation in the NCAA East Preliminaries by Prude, Talbert and Colin Dempster. Talbert was named a Second Team All-American, while Prude earned an honorable mention All-American spot.
After what they were thought to be an also-ran heading into the SEC tournament, Vanderbilt baseball caught fire at the right time and rode their hot streak all the way to the College World Series Final where they found themselves matched up with powerhouse Virginia. Vanderbilt split the first to games, winning game one 9-8 and losing game two 7-2, leaving it all up to the pivotal game three. The commodores won game three 3-2. Second baseman Dansby Swanson was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
On Friday and Saturday, the Nashville Predators selected seven players in the NHL Draft. With their first pick, 11 overall, the Predators took Kevin Fiala, a forward from Switzerland. Defenseman Shea Weber also recently attended the NHL awards ceremony where he finished third in the voting for best defenseman.