Sophomore closer Jonathan Holder and junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe were named first-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches, it was announced this morning. It’s the first time since 2006 that MSU had two first-team selections.
Second baseman Brett Pirtle, a junior college transfer, earned second-team honors. Renfroe and shortstop Adam Frazier made the all-defensive squad, while senior infielder Sam Frost was named the scholar-athlete of the year. It’s the most overall selections for State since 1997. Notable omissions from first or second team include Frazier and sophomore reliever Ross Mitchell, who’s 11-0 with a 1.51 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.
Holder is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.00, and he’s tied for the SEC lead in saves with 16. He hasn’t allowed an earned run since March 17 at LSU, a span of 34 2/3 innings.
Renfroe is tied for the team lead in batting average at .352, and he’s tied for the league lead in home runs with 15. He also has 54 RBIs and a league-leading .652 slugging percentage. Renfroe has a .958 fielding percentage and six outfield assists, and he’s being projected as a first-round pick in next month’s MLB draft.
Frazier is batting .352 as MSU’s leadoff hitter, and he’s also got 16 doubles, six triples and 54 runs scored – all team highs. He has a .966 fielding percentage, a league-best 210 assists, and has helped MSU record 69 double plays, second-most in the league.
Pirtle is hitting .310 with 28 RBIs and 31 runs scored. He’s got a .424 on-base percentage, a number aided by 19 hit-by-pitches, tied for second in the SEC. He’s fielding at a .976 clip and has 153 assists.