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Three Rebels named to Coaches’ All-SEC teams

Ole Miss junior Alex Yarbrough was named to the All-SEC first team by a vote of the league’s 12 coaches, it was announced this morning.

Yarbrough also earned a spot on the conference’s All-Defensive team, while teammates Matt Snyder and Bobby Wahl earned spots on the All-SEC second team.

Yarbrough hit a team-high .389 with 22 extra-base hits, 41 RBIs and a .442 on-base percentage. He also fielded .992 with just two errors on the season.

Snyder provided a bulk of the power for the Rebels this year, hitting 12 homers with  team-bests in RBIs (57), slugging percentage (.568) and total bases (126).

Wahl earned a spot on the second team thanks to a 6-3 record with a 2.26 ERA. In 87.2 innings, Wahl struck out a team-best 90 while walking 31 and limiting opponents to a .211 batting average.

Others honored
Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton was named the Pitcher of the Year, while LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes was named the Player of the Year.

Kentucky’s Gary Henderson was named the SEC Coach of the Year, while Austin Cousino named the SEC Freshman of the Year.

South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth was named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

First team
In addition to Yarbrough, Stratton and Rhymes, the following players were named to the first team: Catcher Mike Zunino (Florida), first baseman Christian Walker (South Carolina), third baseman Matt Reynolds (Arkansas), shortstop Anthony Gomez (Vanderbilt), outfielders Preston Tucker (Florida) and Taylor Dugas (Alabama, utility player Briah Johnson (Florida), starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (LSU) and relief pitcher Stephen Rodriguez (Florida).

Second team
In addition to Snyder, Yarbrough and Cousino, the following players were named tot he second team: Catcher Luke Maile (Kentucky), second baseman Bo Bigham (Arkansas), third baseman Curt Powell (Georgia), shortstop Nolan Fontana (Florida), outfielders Ryan Tella (Auburn) and Mason Katz (LSU), utility player Drew Steckenrider (Tennessee), starting pitchers Alex Wood (Georgia) and Corey Littrell (Kentucky) and relief pitcher Matt Price (South Carolina).

Freshman team
In addition to Cousino, the following players were named to the All-Freshman team: Catcher Grayson Greiner (South Carolina), first baseman A.J. Reed (Kentucky), second baseman Will Maddox (Tennessee), third baseman Josh Tobias (Florida), shortstop Joey Pancake (South Carolina), outfielders Tanner English (South Carolina), Hunter Cole (Georgia) and Ben Moore (Alabama), utility Reed, starting pitchers Aaron Nola (LSU) and Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) and relief pitcher Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State).

Defensive team
In addition to Yarbrough and Cousino, the following players made the All-Defensive team: Zunino, first baseman Dominic Ficociello (Arkansas), Fontana, Reynolds, outfielders Dugas and Evan Marzilli (South Carolina) and pitchers Ryan Eades (LSU), Kendall Graveman (Mississippi State) and Roth. (May 29, 2012, Page 8)

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