Tide's Overstreet On SEC Defensive Team

Although Alabama baseball had to use Kyle Overstreet at third base late in the season, the outstanding junior is known primarily for his sterling play at second base. That performance earned him a spot on the 2015 Southeastern Conference All-Defensive Team as the second baseman.

Kyle Overstreet 6-0, 205, is a junior from Boaz who has started three years at second base for the Alabama baseball team. His selection to the SEC Defensive team is his second conference honor, having been named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013.

Though most prominent as a second baseman, he played three infield positions during the 2015 season -- catcher and third base in addition to his regular home at second.

Overstreet committed just three errors, the team-low by an infielder, and ranked second on the team in assists at 133.

In his 179 starts for the Crimson Tide, Overstreet has contributed 528 assists to rank fourth all-time and has committed only 13 errors for a .986 fielding percentage.

As a freshman in 2013, he was involved in 67 double plays to rank second in Alabama history for twin-killings in a season. Also during his first year, Overstreet had 204 assists to tie for third all-time in assists for a season. In recognition of his efforts that season, the conference named him to the All-Freshman Team while the American Baseball Coaches Association honored him with the NCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Award at second base.

The award marks the third time in Alabama history that a Crimson Tide player has been named to the conference’s all-defensive team since the league began the recognition in 2008. Jake Smith won it as a third baseman in 2010, and was followed by teammate Taylor Dugas in 2011 as an outfielder.

LSU's Paul Mainieri was named SEC Coach of the Year while his Saturday starter, Alex Lange, was named league’s Freshman of the Year. The conference’s Pitcher of the Year went to Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer while the Player of the Year was Andrew Benintendi of Arkansas. Mississippi State’s Seth Heck earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year to round out the major conference awards.

The Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament at the Hoover Met gets underway Tuesday with Alabama and Ole Miss starting things off at 9:30 a.m. CDT.


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