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Vanderbilt Pitcher Donny Everett Dies at 19

The Commodore freshman was a special person on the field and off. Now, he's left us too soon.

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Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett died in a drowning accident on Thursday evening. He was 19 years old.

The Commodore freshman was swimming across Normandy Lake with four friends, two of whom were teammates on the baseball team. He dipped below the surface about halfway through the trip and didn't resurface.

Here's the university's official statement from Vice Chancellor David Williams.

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.

Everett turned down a likely first round slot in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft to attend Vanderbilt instead. Though he dealt with injuries in his first season with the Commodores, he still struck out 13 batters in 12 innings and was expected to play a role out of the bullpen as Vanderbilt prepares for the upcoming Nashville Regional. The 'Dores will still play Xavier at 7 p.m. this evening after deliberating on whether or not to postpone the game as the team mourns.

First, they'll head west to Clarksville to be with the Everett family during this trying time.

This tragedy goes much deeper than just the baseball team. Everett was a special person who meticulously invested in a future that will never come. On Friday, Twitter swelled with condolences and remembrances of the young man.

These thoughts poured in from across the world of college baseball, as well.

Everett is the second Vanderbilt athlete to succumb to drowning in just over a year. Former basketball player Dai-Jon Parker passed away after a rafting accident in Indianapolis last May.

Our condolences go out to the Everett family, his friends, and everyone whose lives were touched by this young man who was taken too soon from us. It is with a heavy heart we'll watch the Nashville Regional, constantly aware of the missing piece in the Vanderbilt dugout. You will not be forgotten, Donny Everett.