SEC Hands Out Post-Season Awards

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes was selected 2012 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Chris Stratton of Mississippi State was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Kentucky outfielder Austin Cousino was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league’s 12 head baseball coaches. The coaches also tabbed Kentucky skipper Gary Henderson SEC Coach of the Year. Michael Roth of South Carolina was named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The Wildcats have had a historic season in 2012, starting with a 22-game winning streak to open the year, setting a school record for the best start and the longest winning streak in program annals. UK has posted series wins over No. 2 South Carolina, Tennessee, No. 18 Georgia, No. 10 Ole Miss, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 1 LSU and Alabama. UK’s seven series wins in 2012 mark the most in program history, equaling the 2006 SEC Championship team’s series wins. Kentucky’s 41 wins in the regular season were the most in UK school history.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The complete 2012 All-SEC Team follows:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Raph Rhymes, LSU SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Chris Stratton, Mississippi State SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Austin Cousino, Kentucky SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Michael Roth, South Carolina
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - Gary Henderson, Kentucky

FIRST TEAM
1B - Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B - Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss
3B - Matt Reynolds, Arkansas
SS - Anthony Gomez, Vanderbilt
C - Mike Zunino, Florida
OF - Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF - Preston Tucker, Florida
OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama
DH/UTL - Brian Johnson, Florida
P - Chris Stratton, Mississippi State
P - Kevin Gausman, LSU
RP - Steven Rodriguez, Florida

SECOND TEAM
1B - Matt Snyder, Ole Miss
2B - Bo Bigham, Arkansas
3B - Curt Powell, Georgia
SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida
C - Luke Maile, Kentucky
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF - Ryan Tella, Auburn
OF - Mason Katz, LSU
DH - Drew Steckenrider, Tennessee
P - Alex Wood, Georgia
P - Corey Littrell, Kentucky
P - Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss
RP - Matt Price, South Carolina

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
2B - Will Maddox, Tennessee
3B - Josh Tobias, Florida
SS - Joey Pancake, South Carolina
C - Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
OF - Hunter Cole, Georgia
OF - Ben Moore, Alabama
DH/UTL - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
P - Aaron Nola, LSU
P - Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
RP - Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P - Ryan Eades, LSU
P - Kendall Graveman, Mississippi State
P - Michael Roth, South Carolina
1B -Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B - Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss
SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida
3B - Matt Reynolds, Arkansas
C - Mike Zunino, Florida
OF - Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky


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