Alabama's Kent Matthes named SEC Player of Year

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's Kent Matthes has been named
2009 Southeastern Conference baseball Player of the Year.

The senior right fielder from Orlando, Fla., is the first
Crimson Tide player to win the post season award. Matthes was a
unanimous selection by the league's 12 head coaches.

He finished the regular season with a .362 batting average with
27 home runs and 79 RBI.

Matthes was twice named National and SEC player of the week.

Alabama, a No. 4 seed, opens play against No. 5 seed South
Carolina at the SEC baseball tournament Wednesday night.

First pitch is 8:30 p.m. at Regions Park in Hoover.