SEC Announces Post-Season Awards

SEC Announces Annual Baseball Honors
Pictured: Florida infielder Matt LaPorta (UF Photo)
Pictured: Florida infielder Matt LaPorta (UF Photo)
05/22/2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Florida senior first baseman Matt LaPorta was selected 2007 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Vanderbilt's junior lefthander David Price was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Ole Miss outfielder Jordan Henry was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league's 12 head baseball coaches. The coaches also tabbed Vanderbilt skipper Tim Corbin as SEC Coach of the Year. Alabama outfielder Emeel Salem was named SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year.

LaPorta and Price lead a list of players named to the first and second-team All-SEC squads for this season. A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, presented to the top player in collegiate baseball, LaPorta is hitting an SEC-best .419 with 59 runs, 51 walks, 50 RBI and 19 home runs. He leads the league with an .838 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .591 and drew 10 walks (nine intentional) in 14 plate appearances last weekend versus Tennessee. Price was named the lone National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball after he struck out 15 batters in 8 2/3 innings in the Commodores 4-1 win over LSU last Thursday. He gave up one run on four hits as he improved to 10-0 on the season. The 15 strikeouts allowed him to shatter his own single-season school record of 155 strikeouts set a year ago. He now has 164 which ranks as the sixth most in SEC history.

Corbin led the Commodores to a 46-10 overall record and a 22-8 record in conference play to win the SEC Championship. The overall win total is the best in school history, ahead of the 45 set in 2004, while the 22 conference wins is the most by a SEC team since South Carolina won 25 in 2000. Henry, who was named second team All-SEC, is the third Rebel since 2002 to be named SEC Freshman of the Year.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players, thus a unanimous selection earns 11 of the 12 first-team votes. The complete 2007 All-SEC Team follows:

SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Matt LaPorta, Florida
SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR - *David Price, Vanderbilt
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Jordan Henry, Ole Miss
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Emeel Salem, Alabama
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - *Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt

* unanimous selection

FIRST TEAM

1B - Matt LaPorta, Florida
2B - Travis Jones, South Carolina
3B - Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt
SS - Zack Cozart, Ole Miss
C - Edward Easley, Mississippi State
OF - *Emeel Salem, Alabama
OF - *Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt
OF - Brian Leclerc, Florida
DH - Phil Disher, South Carolina
P - *David Price, Vanderbilt
P - Nick Schmidt, Arkansas
P - Jess Todd, Arkansas
RP - Casey Weathers, Vanderbilt

SECOND TEAM

1B - Justin Smoak, South Carolina
2B - Jeffrey Rea, Mississippi State
3B - James Darnell, South Carolina
SS - Ryan Flaherty, Vanderbilt
C - J.P. Arencibia, Tennessee
OF - Jordan Henry, Ole Miss
OF - Mike Bianucci, Auburn
OF - Julio Borbon, Tennessee
DH - Alex Avila, Alabama
P - Lance Lynn, Ole Miss
P - James Adkins, Tennessee
RP - Jared Bradford, LSU
RP - Cody Satterwhite, Ole Miss

ALL FRESHMAN TEAM

1B - Yan Gomes, Tennessee
2B - Robert Brooks, Auburn
2B - Zach Miller, Ole Miss
3B - Connor Powers, Mississippi State
SS - Cole Figueroa, Florida
C - Sean Ochinko, LSU
OF - *Jordan Henry, Ole Miss
OF - Blake Dean, LSU
OF - Matt den Dekker, Florida
OF - Jonathan Pigott, Florida
DH - Jeff Lockwood, Tennessee
P - Mike Minor, Vanderbilt
P - Nathan Baker, Ole Miss
RP - Dallas Keuchel


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