Vols’ Alerick Soularie Named All-American by D1 Baseball

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Tennessee outfielder Alerick Soularie was named a Third-Team All-American by D1 Baseball on Thursday.

The sophomore is just the second UT player to earn postseason All-American recognition by D1 Baseball and is the first since former Vol Nick Senzel earned third-team accolades in 2016.

Soularie, a JUCO signee out of San Jacinto Community College, burst onto the scene for the Vols this season, helping lead the program to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.

The Houston, Texas native led Tennessee in batting average (.357), runs scored (52), slugging percentage (.602), and on-base percentage (.466). He also ranked second on the team in hits (70), home runs (11), runs batted in (46), and total bases (118).

Among SEC hitters, Soularie was one of the best. He finished in the top three in slugging percentage and on-base percentage in the conference. The sophomore slugger also finished the year ranked fifth in batting average (.364), eighth in hits (40), and tied for ninth in runs scored (28) during conference play. Because of his play, Soularie was one of the three outfielders on the All-SEC First Team.

Soularie also garnered All-American honors on Wednesday afternoon when he received an honorable mention on Rawlings/Perfect Game’s All-American team.

Once again, Soularie is just the second Tennessee player to earn postseason All-American recognition by Perfect Game, joining former Vol Nick Senzel who earned first-team accolades in 2016. Senzel was then selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Ben McKee
Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.