MSU picked to finish 5th, Collins earns All-SEC

Gavin Collins

Gavin Collins

Mississippi State was picked to finish fifth in the Western Division by the Southeastern Conference coaches on Thursday while sophomore catcher Gavin Collins garnered a first team All-SEC selection.

Collins is the Diamond Dogs top returning hitter batting .304 last spring with eight doubles, a home run and 19 RBI. He is expected out 3-5 weeks following hamate surgery on his left hand.

Last season, MSU finished third in the SEC West and tied for fourth overall in the conference.

Defending national champion Vanderbilt was picked to win the league outright while LSU was the unanimous choice to claim the Western Division crown.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

2015 SEC baseball coaches preseason poll
1. Vanderbilt (11) 89
2. Florida (3) 80
3. South Carolina 67
4. Tennessee 51
5. Georgia 42
6. Kentucky 36
7. Missouri 20
1. LSU (13) 91
2. Alabama 62
3. Texas A&M (1) 60
4. Arkansas 59
5. Mississippi State 52
6. Ole Miss 42
7. Auburn 19

SEC Champion: Vanderbilt (11); Florida (2); LSU (1).
C – Gavin Collins, Mississippi State
1B – Sikes Orvis, Ole Miss
2B – Kyle Overstreet, Alabama *
2B – Max Schrock, South Carolina *
SS – Alex Bregman, LSU
3B – DC Arendas, South Carolina
OF – Christin Stewart, Tennessee
OF – Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF – Andrew Stevenson, LSU
DH/UT – A.J. Puk, Florida
SP – Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
SP – Logan Shore, Florida
RP – Hayden Stone, Vanderbilt

Second Team
C – Kade Scivicque, LSU
1B – Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B – Nick Senzel, Tennessee
SS – Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
3B – Josh Tobias, Florida
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF – Mark Laird, LSU
OF – Harrison Bader, Florida
DH/UT – Taylor Widener, South Carolina
SP – Walker Buehler, Vanderbilt
SP – Robert Tyler, Georgia
RP – Thomas Burrows, Alabama *
RP – Jacob Stone, Arkansas *

* – Ties were not broken

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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