Alabama baseball reliever Chase Lee named third team All-America

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama relief pitcher Chase Lee was named All-America third team, the the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced Wednesday. 

It's the first time since 2016 that Alabama baseball has a NCBWA All-America honoree when reliever Thomas Burrows was also named to the third team. 

Lee has come a long way from where he started. He originally tried out for the Crimson Tide as a walk-on but didn't make the team. Instead, coach Brad Bohannon told him he would need to become a sidearm pitcher if he wanted to have a shot of joining them in the future. 

Lee went to play for the UA club team in 2018. Three years later, he is fully entrenched in Alabama baseball and has proved to be a reliable reliever. 

Lee made 22 relief appearances for the Crimson Tide, which reached their  first NCAA tournament since 2014. He finished 7-0 with seven saves, tied for sixth in the SEC. He also had a 1.33 ERA, leading Alabama relievers with 51 strikeouts. 

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