TUCSON, Ariz. — Tennessee freshman pitcher Chase Burns has been named one of Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Freshmen Players of the Year, the publication announced on Wednesday.
Burns was also joined by Drew Beam and Blake Burke on CB's Freshmen All-American list. Beam was previously named SEC Freshman of the Year at the close of the regular season, and Burns and Beam were named Second Team All-SEC. Burke earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Chase Burns has had an impressive showing with the Vols in his early collegiate career. The right-handed pitcher has gone 8-1 with a 2.69 ERA and 98 strikeouts against only 24 walks in 73.2 innings for Tennessee so far.
Fellow righty Drew Beam has posted an identical 8-1 mark with a 2.60 ERA and 60 strikeouts with only 17 walks in 72.2 innings.
Despite appearing in only 43 games with 21 starts, Burke lands on the list as well behind very efficient hitting. He has hit 14 home runs with 32 RBIs and a .341 batting average for the Vols this season.
Collegiate Baseball's Freshman of the Year on the offensive side was NC State designated hitter Tommy White.