Rebels, Bulldogs place 10 on All-SEC team

baseball_icon_greenBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

Ole Miss and Mississippi State combined with 10 players named as All-SEC selections were announced on Tuesday.

Both teams had five players picked with the Rebels placing three on the first team. First baseman Sikes Orvis, third baseman Austin Anderson and outfielder Auston Bousfield were first team selections joined by MSU relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren.

The All-SEC teams were selected by the league’s 14 coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2014 All-SEC team

Orvis is second in the conference with 12 home runs and third with a .528 slugging percentage. Anderson is batting .329 with 76 hits while Bousfield tops the club with a .349 average and leads the league with 87 hits.

Lindgren, a junior southpaw, is 6-1 with three saves in 25 relief appearances. The Bay St. Louis native leads State with 93 strikeouts and a team-low 0.88 earned run average.

The Bulldogs placed two on the second team in second baseman Brett Pirtle and pitcher Ross Mitchell while Ole Miss catcher Will Allen also garnered second team honors.

Mississippi State catcher Gavin Collins and Rebel shortstop Erroll Robinson were both represented on the Freshman All-SEC team. Collins is hitting .325 with 51 runs batted in during 41 starts as a rookie while Robinson sports a .315 average and 21 runs scored in 56 starts.

The Diamond Dogs also placed a pair of middle infielders on the All-Defensive Team. Pirtle along with shortstop Seth Heck earned their way onto the team with .980 and .983 fielding percentages respectively.

Awards

Heck was also awarded the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award making it back-to-back years an MSU player has received that honor. Former infielder Sam Frost received the award in 2013.

Kentucky’s A.J. Reed was named the SEC Player of the Year after leading the NCAA with 23 homers. Reed is batting .351 with 70 RBI and is also 11-2 on the mound with a 2.10 ERA and 68 strikeouts.

LSU right-hander Aaron Nola was voted the SEC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season after going 10-1 with a 1.49 ERA and 129 strikeouts and 109 innings.

Florida’s Kevin O’Sullivan was named SEC Coach of the Year after the Gators won the regular season conference title for the third time during his tenure. Florida pitcher Logan Shore secured the SEC Freshman of the Year Award after going 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA.

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