A standout from Orlando, Fla., McElroy started all 56 games at short for Auburn this season and hit .286 with seven home runs, 13 doubles and 35 RBI despite starting the season slowly after an ankle injury suffered the first day of practice.
The only Auburn infielder to start every game this season, he finished the year with a .968 fielding percentage on 251 chances, amassing 97 putouts and 146 assists while helping turn 36 double plays. As a team, Auburn had a .969 fielding percentage, third-best in school history.
A left handed-hitter, he hit a team-best .330 against lefties while hitting primarily in the seven and eight spots in the order. He finished the year with 17 multi-hit games, which was one less than the team leaders, and also had six multi-RBI games. He collected an eight-game hitting streak from March 3-11 in which he hit .400, collecting four multi-hit games and 11 RBI, which was capped off by him being named the SEC Freshman of the Week on March 9.
This is the second straight season that Auburn has had at least one player tabbed a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American as Grant Dayton, Brian Fletcher and Hunter Morris all earned the distinction following the 2008 season.
McElroy was one of nine SEC players to be recognized in 2009.