Record amount of Bulldogs receive SEC honors

Seth Heck

Seth Heck

Mississippi State had five players earn seven All-SEC selections from the league’s coaches on Tuesday.

It is the most the Bulldogs have ever put on the All-SEC team in school history. Junior shortstop Seth Heck and senior second baseman Brett Pirtle earned multiple honors.  Both were named to the SEC All-Defensive team with Heck being named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Pirtle taking a Second Team All-SEC spot.

Heck started 51 games for MSU this season after transferring in from Tacoma (Wa.) Community College. He is batting .304 with eight doubles, 26 runs batted in and five steals. Heck also maintains a .983 fielding percentage committing just four errors in 233 chances. He is the second straight Bulldog to win the SEC Scholar-Athlete award following Sam Frost last season.

Brett Pirtle

Brett Pirtle

Pirtle started all 59 games at second base and leads the team with 76 hits and a .341 batting average. The Tyler, Texas native also has eight doubles, a triple, two home runs, 27 RBI and four steals. Pirtle is the only Diamond Dog second baseman to make the All-SEC team twice in his career and their only All-Defensive team pick at that position.

Junior relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren earned a First Team All-SEC distinction. In 25 outings, Lindgren sports a team-low 0.88 earned run average and also leads State with 93 strikeouts in 51 innings of work. The Bay St. Louis left-hander is 6-1 with three saves. Opponents are hitting just .116 against him.

Jacob Lindgren

Jacob Lindgren

Junior pitcher Ross Mitchell was picked as a Second Team All-SEC member. Mitchell made 18 mound appearances and 11 SEC starts going 8-4. The Smyrna, Tenn., southpaw pitched four complete games with a 2.10 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 29 walks logging 107.1 innings.

Gavin Collins was named to the SEC All-Freshman team after a solid rookie campaign behind the plate. Collins is the first Bulldog backstop to earn All-Freshman honors at catcher. The Lake Forest, Calif., native has started 41 games hitting .325 with eight doubles, a homer and 51 RBI.

Ross Mitchell

Ross Mitchell

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR – A.J. Reed, Kentucky

SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Aaron Nola, LSU

SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR –  Logan Shore, Florida

SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Seth Heck, Mississippi State

Gavin Collins

Gavin Collins

SEC COACH OF THE YEAR –  Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida

FIRST TEAM        

1B – Sikes Orvis, Ole Miss

2B – Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt

3B – Austin Anderson, Ole Miss

SS – Vince Conde, Vanderbilt

C –  Taylor Gushue, Florida

OF – Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss

OF - Ka’ai Tom, Kentucky

OF – Christin Stewart, Tennessee

DH/UTL – A.J. Reed, Kentucky

P – Aaron Nola, LSU

P – Logan Shore, Florida

RP – Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State

SECOND TEAM       

1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas

2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State

3B – Max Kuhn, Kentucky

SS – Alex Bregman, LSU

C – Will Allen, Ole Miss

OF – Ben Moore, Alabama

OF – Harrison Bader, Florida

OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M

DH/UTL – Wade Wass, Alabama

P – Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State

P – Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

RP – Joel Seddon, South Carolina

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM    

1B – Peter Alonso, Florida

2B – JaVon Shelby, Kentucky

3B – John Sternagel, Florida

SS – Errol Robinson, Ole Miss

C – Gavin Collins, Mississippi State

OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M

OF - Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt

OF – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas

DH/UTL – Nick Senzel, Tennessee

P – Logan Shore, Florida

P – Keegan Thompson, Auburn

RP – Thomas Burrows, Alabama

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM   

P – Aaron Nola, LSU;      Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt

1B – Eric Fisher, Arkansas

2B – Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State

SS – Seth Heck, Mississippi State  

3B – Joey Pankake, South Carolina

C – Jake Wise, Arkansas;       Grayson Greiner, South Carolina

OF – Austin Cousino, Kentucky

OF – Tanner English, South Carolina

OF - Andrew Stevenson, LSU

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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