Photo: Vanderbilt baseball team honors Donny Everett

The Vanderbilt baseball team was shocked with devastating news prior to its College World Series regional against Xavier, when news of freshman pitcher Donny Everett’s drowning death surfaced earlier this week.

On Saturday, the team honored Everett with a touch gesture during the national anthem; they left a space open in his memory.

Vanderbilt also lowered the team’s national championship banner to half mass.

“That’s their safe haven,” head coach Tim Corbin told Jason Wolf of The Tennessean about the team choosing to play despite the NCAA’s offering to postpone the matchup. “The field is their safe haven. And just to get in some type of routine and continue to do what they do would, it’s almost like a rehabilitation process for them.”

What an amazing tribute.

Best of luck to the Vanderbilt baseball team and our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to Everett’s family and friends.

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Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett drowned in lake
Vanderbilt pitcher Donny Everett drowned in lake