Vanderbilt freshman Pitcher Donny Everett died Thursday in a drowning accident in Coffee County.
Donny Everett had just arrived on campus of Vanderbilt short of a year ago. The freshman from Clarksville, Tennessee threw 12 innings for the Commodores this season, posting a 1.50 ERA, striking out 13 and walking just 5 in 6 appearances.
The Tennessean reports Everett, accompanied by friends and Vanderbilt teammates, attempted to swim across Normandy Lake while fishing. Friends say when he reached the halfway point, he was sucked under and never seen again.
Vanderbilt spokesman Rod Williamson released this statement on behalf of the University.
“We learned last night of the tragic death of Donny 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.”
Vanderbilt Baseball head coach Tim Corbin met with the team late Thursday night to break the news to the team, who’s scheduled to play Xavier in the start of the NCAA regional tournament 7pm Friday night. The University said they’re still unsure of the status of the game at this point.
A projected first round pick out of high school, Donny Everett turned down nearly a $2.5 million signing bonus to attend one of the Nation’s most prestigious baseball programs at Vanderbilt.
My heart is completely broken. There are special prayers being said for the @VandyBaseball family. May you rest easy in heaven, Donny.
— Dansby Swanson (@LieutenantDans7) June 3, 2016
We join Vanderbilt in mourning the loss of Donny Everett. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates. pic.twitter.com/6Y3nmuPl7h
— NCAA (@NCAA) June 3, 2016