AUSTIN, Texas – Tennessee pitcher Chase Dollander added to his impressive list of accolades on Wednesday, earning College Sports Communicators Academic All-America status for the first time in his career.
Dollander was named a third-team Academic All-American after earning CSC All-District honors in May.
To earn Academic All-America status, student-athletes had to first qualify for the all-district team by being a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form while pitchers must have at least 10.0 innings pitched.
Dollander ranks 11th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (12.81) and fourth in the SEC with a career-high 111 total strikeouts this season, a number that also is tied for 10th in UT single-season history.
The junior right hander has played a key role in the Vols’ weekend rotation, having started every weekend this season while helping lead the program to its third straight NCAA Super Regional. Dollander ranks second on the team with six wins while posting a 4.50 ERA and a .242 opponent batting average in 78.0 innings of work.
In the classroom, Dollander boasts a 3.78 GPA while majoring in recreation and sport management. He was also named to the 2021-22 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll following the 2022 season.
The Evans, Georgia, native, is the ninth player in program history to earn Academic All-America status and just the second pitcher, joining R.A. Dickey (1996). Tennessee has now had four players garner Academic All-America honors under head coach Tony Vitello (2018-pres.).