Two Diamond Dogs honored by SEC



Two Mississippi State players were honored by the Southeastern Conference on Monday.

Shortstop Ryan Gridley was named Freshman All-SEC while senior third baseman Seth Heck was selected Student-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.

Gridley started 47 of the 49 games in which he appeared batting .243 with with one home run, 21 RBIs and four stolen bases. The Milton, Ga., native also made 170 assists which ranked third in the conference.



Catcher Gavin Collins earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC team in 2014. Gridley is the first Bulldog rookie shortstop selected since Adam Frazier in 2011.

Heck graduated with a degree in business administration this spring with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, which he maintained all four semesters in Starkville. The native of Edmonds, Wash., was also the 2014 SEC Student-Athlete of the Year and marks the third consecutive time for a State player to win the award following Sam Frost in 2013.

On the field, Heck started 47 of the 50 games he played in hitting .287 with four doubles, 12 RBIs and six steals.

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