Mangum, Olenek make All-SEC first team
Published 7:55 am Tuesday, May 22, 2018
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Florida is the defending national champion and the No. 1 college baseball team in the country heading into the postseason.
On Monday, it showed a major reason why.
The Gators hauled in the Southeastern Conference player of the year, pitcher of the year and coach of the year awards, and also put four players on the All-SEC first team.
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Florida third baseman Jonathan India is the SEC’s Player of the Year and right-hander Brady Singer is Pitcher of the Year. Kevin O’Sullivan was named Coach of the Year after leading the Gators to a 41-15 record.
It’s only the second time in SEC history that one team has won all three of the league’s major individual awards. In 2008, Georgia’s Gordon Beckham (Player), Joshua Fields (Pitcher) and David Perno (Coach) were honored.
Florida is the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament that starts Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama. It will play either LSU or Mississippi State Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
India leads the SEC in slugging percentage (.730), on-base percentage (.506) and walks (45). He is batting .365 with 16 homers. Singer owns a 10-1 record and 2.25 ERA.
Singer is the third Florida player to be named SEC Pitcher of the Year, joining Justin Hoyman (2004) and Logan Shore (2016). India is the third to win SEC Player of the year (Matt LaPorta, 2005 and 2007; Mike Zunino, 2011).
Arkansas’ Heston Kjerstad was named SEC Freshman of the Year. Georgia’s Keegan McGovern and Tennessee’s Nico Mascia are co-scholar athletes of the year.
Mississippi State’s Jake Mangum and Ole Miss’ Ryan Olenek were both named to the All-SEC first team.
Mangum is batting .350, leads the SEC with 82 hits, and is second with 20 doubles. The center fielder was also picked for the SEC’s All-Defensive Team.
Olenek leads the SEC with a .373 batting average, and also has 17 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBIs.
Ole Miss catcher Nick Fortes and relief pitcher Parker Caracci were named to the All-SEC second team, and second baseman Anthony Servideo made the All-Freshman team.
Mississippi State first baseman Tanner Allen also made the All-Freshman team.