Standout Vanderbilt pitcher drowns in lake, reports say

A promising Vanderbilt University pitcher who was set to enter his sophomore year drowned in a Tennessee lake Thursday night, becoming the second student-athlete from the school to die in a drowning accident in just over a year, local media reports.

Clarksville native Donny Everett, 19, drowned at Normandy Lake in Coffee County, about an hour outside of Nashville, sources close to the situation told The Tennessean. The lake is a popular spot for swimming and fishing.

An emergency dispatcher said the sheriff’s office and an ambulance were sent to the lake around 5 p.m. after getting a call about a drowning.

Team coach Tim Corbin met with players and staff late Thursday to inform them of Everett’s death – and the status of a game against Xavier scheduled for Friday is yet to be determined.

Everett was one of the nation’s top high school pitching prospects while playing at Clarksville High, The Tennessean reported. He was selected as the 2015 Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year and posted a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings after returning from an injury in the second half of his freshman season at Vanderbilt.

In May 2015, Dai-Jon Parker, a 22-year-old former basketball player at the school, drowned in Indianapolis.

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