By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Hunter Renfroe and Stuart Turner are highly thought of by the SEC’s coaches.
The Mississippi State outfielder and Ole Miss catcher, respectively, were named to the All-SEC first team, the league announced yesterday.
Not only that, both were named to the all-defensive squad.
The SEC’s 14 head coaches voted on the team, but they were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Bulldogs closer Jon-athan Holder also made the first team, marking the first time since 2006 that State has had multiple first-team selections. Second baseman Brett Pirtle made second team, shortstop Adam Frazier was on the all-defensive squad, and infielder Sam Frost was named the scholar-athlete of the year.
For Ole Miss, third baseman Andrew Mistone and pitcher Bobby Wahl made the second team.
Renfroe and Turner have been two of the bigger offensive forces in the SEC this season. Renfroe is hitting .352 with a league-best .652 slugging percentage, and he’s tied for the lead in home runs with 15.
Turner ranks second in the league with a .381 batting average, trailing only Vanderbilt second baseman Tony Kemp (.402), who was named the SEC player of the year. Turner has five home runs and a team-leading 50 RBIs.
LSU had both the pitcher of the year, Aaron Nola, and the freshman of the year, shortstop Alex Bregman. Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin was named coach of the year.
LSU had five first-team selections.