Six Bulldogs honored by SEC



Mississippi State was well represented as the SEC Baseball Awards were announced on Monday.

John Cohen was named the SEC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career while outfielder Jake Mangum was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year, the first Bulldog to ever receive the honor.

Mangum was also named first team All-SEC and Freshman All-SEC as well. The Jackson native led the conference with a .427 batting average and has 73 hits and a .479 on-base




Junior first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, junior designated hitter Jack Kruger and junior starting pitcher Dakota Hudson also earned a spot on the All-SEC first team while sophomore designated hitter Brent Rooker was picked to the second team.

Lowe leads MSU with 78 hits, 19 doubles and 47 RBIs and is batting .359 while Kruger is close behind at .358 with 17



doubles and 38 RBIs. Rooker is hitting .324 with 14 doubles, seven homers and 44 RBIs.

Hudson is 9-3 on the mound with a 2.29 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 29 walks in 98 1/3 innings of work.

Cohen guided MSU to its first regular season SEC Championship since 1989 with a 40-14-1 record include a school-best 21-9 mark in league play. He is only the second coach in conference history to win Coach of the Year honors with two teams joining Ron Polk.



Texas A&M’s Boomer White was named the SEC Player of the Year, Florida’s Logan Shore received SEC Pitcher of the Year and Tennessee’s Derek Lance earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2016 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Boomer White, Texas A&M

Pitcher of the Year: Logan Shore, Florida



Freshman of the Year: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

Coach of the Year: John Cohen, Mississippi State

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Derek Lance, Tennessee

First Team All-SEC

C: Henri Lartigue, Ole Miss

1B: Nathaniel Lowe, Mississippi State

2B: Ryne Birk, Texas A&M

3B: Boomer White, Texas A&M

SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss

OF: Gene Cone, South Carolina

*DH/UT: Jack Kruger, Mississippi State

*DH/UT: Bryce Jordan, LSU

SP: Logan Shore, Florida

SP: Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State

RP: Shaun Anderson, Florida

Second Team All-SEC Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

*1B: Peter Alonso, Florida

*1B: Evan White, Kentucky

2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss

3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee

SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida

OF: Anfernee Grier, Auburn

OF: Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt

OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt

DH/UT: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State

SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt

SP: Clarke Schmidt, South Carolina

RP: Mark Ecker, Texas A&M

Freshman All-SEC Team

*C: Chris Cullen, South Carolina

*C: Michael Curry, Georgia

1B: LT Tolbert, South Carolina

2B: Deacon Liput, Florida

3B: Jonathan India, Florida

SS: Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU

OF: Chandler Taylor, Alabama

DH/UT: Ethan Paul, Vanderbilt

SP: Braden Webb, South Carolina

SP: Adam Hill, South Carolina

RP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky

SEC All-Defensive Team

C: Mike Rivera, Florida

1B: Evan White, Kentucky

*2B: Cole Freeman, LSU

*2B: Ryne Birk, Texas A&M

3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee

SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida

OF: Buddy Reed, Florida

OF: Anfernee Grier, Auburn

OF: J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss

*P: Jordan Sheffield, Vanderbilt

*P: Kyle Simonds, Texas A&M

*P: Dustin Beggs, Kentucky

* – Denotes a tie in voting. Ties are 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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