Junior Outfielder Christin Stewart continues to collect preseason honors, today being named to Perfect Game's preseason All-American First Team. This makes the second First Team All-American selection for him, joining Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's selection a few weeks back. He is the first preseason All-American for Tennessee since 2010 when Cody Hawn was still playing in Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
As we discussed last time, Stewart spent last summer with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team where they won the gold medal at Honkbalweek in the Netherlands for the first time since 2008. He led them in batting average, hits, doubles, total bases, and slugging percentage and was awarded the Best Hitter award by the tournament.
He started in all 54 games last season for the Vols in left field, where he hit .330 with 39 RBIs, 5 home runs, and 45 runs scored. He led the team in each of those categories, as well as doubles, triples, and total bases, which helped lead to him being named First Team All-SEC after the season.
Tennessee will open the season February 13th in Miami, Florida for a three game series against the Florida International University Golden Panthers, who finished last season 8th in Conference USA with a 36-20 record.
The full Perfect Game USA Preseason All-American list can be found here.