Donny Everett, Vanderbilt Pitcher, Dies at Age 19

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2016

A ball sits in a glove during a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Vanderbilt freshman pitcher Donny Everett died at the age of 19 Thursday night after drowning in Normandy Lake in Coffee County, Tennessee. 

Adam Sparks of the Tennessean was among the first to report the Clarksville, Tennessee, native's death. According to ESPN.coma spokesman at the Coffee County Sheriff's Department confirmed Everett as the drowning victim Friday.

Vanderbilt director of athletics David Williams released a statement regarding Everett's death on the school's official website:

We learned last night of the tragic death of [Everett], an outstanding young man who exemplified the best of our university. As you can imagine, the team, the athletic department and the university are trying to come to terms with this tragedy. His parents and loved ones are on our minds and in our prayers as we share in their grief.

Per NewsChannel 5, Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said Everett was fishing and swimming with friends before he drowned.

Vandy was scheduled to face Xavier in an NCAA Regional game Friday night, but it isn't yet known if Everett's death will prompt a postponement.

Following the news, an outpouring of support and remembrance was present on social media.

The Georgia Tech Baseball Twitter account offered condolences to Vanderbilt and those close to Everett:

Vanderbilt quarterback Deuce Wallace did the same:

St. Louis Cardinals prospect and Tennessee native Bryce Denton was also among those to comment:

Everett was a 29th-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2015, but he opted to play for the Commodores rather than going pro.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, he turned down bonus offers of $2.5 million from other teams in favor of attending college.

Injuries limited the 2015 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year to just 12 innings this season, but he posted a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts. 

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