Chase Dollander is one of five finalists for College Baseball Foundation's National Pitcher of the Year:
The five finalists for the 2022 Pitcher of the Year Award are sophomores Chase Dolander from Tennessee, Pete Hansen from Texas, Connor Hjerpe from Oregon State, Rhett Lowder from Wake Forest and Drew Thorpe from Cal-Poly.
“This is an exciting group of finalists that all exemplify exactly what this award is about,” said Chris Snead, Pitcher of the Year Award co-chair. “Each is talented in their own right and a leader on their respective teams.”
Chase Dolander, Soph., Tennessee: Perhaps the most consistent pitcher on the most consistent team from the start of the season until now, Dolander is an ace in every sense of the word. In leading the Vols to the SEC regular-season and tournament championships, Dolander went 9-0 on the year with a 2.21 ERA and 99 strikeouts in 69.1 innings. He was named SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Quickly turning into the Alabama of college baseball, no team generated more polarizing opinions, or dominated opponents so thoroughly at times, than Tony Vitello’s Tennessee Volunteers. They were upset by Notre Dame in the Super Regionals but the Vols turned in one of the most dominant performance in recent history, ascending to No. 1 in the country and never looking back the rest of the season.
They were a complete and cohesive team, leading the country in both ERA and home runs and doing it with a combination of youth and veterans. Two-thirds of their ERA-leading weekend rotation were true freshmen in Drew Beam and Chase Burns, while the third, and SEC Pitcher of the Year, was a true sophomore transfer also pitching his first year in the SEC. Veterans like Trey Lipscomb and Luc Lipcius became household names while the offense was cruising, culminating with an early season shellacking of perennial CWS contender, and in-state rival, Vanderbilt.
Vitello managed both to assemble a team that is perhaps the most talented in recent memory all while managing expectations of said club to keep them playing on the top of their game. They might not have made it to Omaha for a second consecutive year, but Vitello has won Coach of the Year for consecutive years and there’s no doubting that he’s among the best coaches in the sport at one of the best programs.
How anyone can call this season a disappointment is beyond me? It had a disappointing ending but the season as a whole was a huge success!
If anyone thinks differently, just scroll through this thread.