Tennessee Vols third baseman Trey Lipscomb had an extremely impressive season. It was a season that many thought would win him the honor of SEC Player of the Year. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the outcome. Dylan Crews from LSU and Sonny DiChiara from Auburn were selected as co-winners of the award. Former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III thought Lipscomb was the best choice, though. Yes, you read that correctly – that RG3.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 24, 2022
Many consider the award to heavily regard statistics from SEC play. Both Crews and DiChiara did have better stats in conference play, but all three had extremely similar overall stats from the entire season.
Lipscomb: .350 AVG, .425 OBP, 21 HR, 75 RBI, 24 BB, 29 K
Crews: .350 AVG, .464 OBP, 21 HR, 68 RBI, 39 BB, 50 K
DiChiara: .379 AVG, .556 OBP, 18 HR, 48 RBI, 62 BB, 45 K
Clearly, all three players were elite in their own right. Lipscomb and Crews showed a bit more power and knocked in twenty or more runs than DiChiara. DiChiara, on the other hand, got on base the most by a large margin. Additionally, teams were the most careful with him as they walked him nearly as many times as the other two combined. Crews especially turned it up in the final month of the season, which may have helped him land the award. He was the key cog in LSU’s run back towards the top of the SEC.
Lipscomb, in his own right, was the biggest contributor for the best offense (and team) in the country in the regular season, though. He batted fifth in easily the most daunting batting order to face in the SEC. He was a big reason for that. That’s saying something. Anyone you ask will also point to his character on and off the field. He and Drew Gilbert are widely considered to be the heart and soul of this special Vols baseball team.
It’s tough to argue with the SEC’s choice of Crews and DiChiara, but Lipscomb was right there when it comes to the numbers at the plate for the Vols.