KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee baseball program had three players earn ABCA/Rawlings All-Region honors, as voted on by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and released by the organization on Wednesday afternoon.
Lipcius, Soularie and Walsh become the 23rd, 24th and 25th players, respectively, to earn All-Region honors in Tennessee baseball history, marking the first time since 2009 the Vols have had multiple All-Region selections. This is also just the seventh time since 1991 that Tennessee has placed multiple players on the All-Region team.
This postseason accolade marks the first for Lipcius since he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2017. He finished the 2019 season batting .308 with 73 hits and led the team with 58 RBIs and 17 home runs. Last week, he was selected as the 83rd pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers.
A transfer from San Jacinto College, Soularie finished his first year at Rocky Top on top. He broke onto the scene in his first season at the Division I level, leading the Vols in batting average (.357), runs scored (52), slugging percentage (.602) and on-base percentage (.466) while also ranking second on the team in hits (70), home runs (11), runs batted in (46) and total bases (118).
This marks the second postseason accolade for Soularie during his time with the Vols. He was previously named to the All-SEC first team back on May 20.
For the first time in his Tennessee career, Walsh has earned a postseason honor. He finished the year with a 2-2 record and a team leading 1.38 ERA, totaling 48 strikeouts through 45.2 innings of work.
Walsh closed out the year as Tennessee’s primary closer and saw 27 appearances in the closing role. He finished with nine saves on the year, which tied for fifth with Andrew Lee (2005) and Randy MacNeill (1992) for saves in a single season in program history.