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Inside we have reports ranging from the Gators winning their 12th consecutive SEC All-Sports Trophy, to a couple of baseball players being named All-SEC to two athletes being named to the Good Works Team. Read on for all the details.

Pair of Baseball Players Earn All-SEC Accolades

A pair of University of Florida baseball players have been named to 2003 All-SEC second team as selected by the league's 12 head coaches. Senior catcher Brian Rose (Miami, Fla.) and junior outfielder Ben Harrison (Key West, Fla.) both earned the honor announced by the SEC on Monday evening. It is the first time either player has been tabbed for All-SEC honors.

Rose had a stellar season behind the plate starting the final 47 games. Rose led the team with his .472 on-base percentage and was second on the team in batting average (.362), home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.656). He also had 43 runs scored, nine doubles, a triple and walked 19 times. Rose also was hit by pitch 17 times this season which gave him 47 hit by pitches in his career which is a Florida record. The three-year starter also was solid defensively as he fielded .988 with just four errors in 324 chances, while also throwing out 24 percent of runners attempting to steal.

Harrison was third on the team with a .347 (70-of-202) batting average and also had 14 doubles, two triples and 10 homers. He had a team-best 14 stolen bases and also was third with 52 runs scored and 53 RBI. Harrison was also second on the team with four-game winning RBI and is ranked in the top-10 in three SEC offensive categories.

Florida Sweeps SEC All-Sports Titles

For an unprecedented seventh time, the University of Florida completed a sweep of all three Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles, capturing the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group SEC All-Sports title as well as finishing first in this year's men's and women's all-sports competition. Prior to 1992, no school in SEC history had ever won both the men's and women's all-sports titles in the same academic year. Florida became the first to win all three in 1992 and has repeated the feat in 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

Overall, Florida won its 12th consecutive Southeastern Conference All-Sports Trophy and has now won all three titles in three of the last four years. The Florida women have won eight of the last nine titles and finished in the top two in 19 of the 20 years of the competition, while the UF men's program has placed in the top three in each of the last 13 years.

The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, which includes 14 newspapers throughout the Southeastern United States, awards trophies to the league school which captures each of those three all-sports titles. A first-place SEC finish is worth 12 points, second is given 11 points, and so on. A school's point total is divided by the number of sports it fields to arrive at the average. The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group took over coordination of the SEC All-Sports rankings in 1994-95. Prior to that, the league tabulated the SEC All-Sports totals.

Two Athletes Named to At-Large Good Works Team

A pair of University of Florida athletes have been named to the Fifth Annual SEC Men's and Women's at-large Good Works Team. Baseball player Mario Garza (Melbourne, Fla.) and softball player Jennifer Brown (Orlando, Fla.) earned the distinction announced by the SEC office.

The at-large Good Works Team represents 17 SEC sponsored sports as well as men's soccer and lacrosse. The Good Works Team looks to highlight an athlete from school's who give back to their community in superior service efforts.

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