Reed named SEC Player of Year

For only the second time in program history, a Kentucky Wildcat has been named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year on the baseball diamond.

Junior pitcher/designated hitter A.J. Reed was honored by the league Tuesday after hitting .351 with an NCAA-leading 23 home runs and an SEC-high 70 RBI to go along with an 11-2 record and a 2.10 ERA on the mound. He joins Ryan Strieby (2006) as the only other UK player to earn the award.

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The Terre Haute, Ind., native is the first Wildcat to earn back-to-back first-team All-SEC honors since Terry Shumpert in 1986-87.

In his three-year career, Reed has played in 168 games and hit .310 with 34 doubles, three triples, 40 homers and 165 RBI, while owning a 18-13 record and a 2.86 ERA in 239 innings on the mound.

Four other UK players were also honored by the league. Junior outfielder Ka'ai Tom joined Reed on the first team after hitting .333 with 13 doubles, two home runs and 37 RBI. He posted a .373 batting average in league games.

Junior third baseman Max Kuhn was a second-team pick after hitting .322 with 18 doubles, eight home runs and 55 RBI. His 64 runs scored were tops on the team hitting in the lineup spot ahead of Reed.

JaVon Shelby was the second base choice on the All-Freshman team after hitting .260 with six doubles, two triples, four home runs and 21 RBI while playing spectacular defense at times after making the transition from high school outfielder.

Junior center fielder Austin Cousino was named to the All-Defensive team. Last year's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for college baseball was strong in outfield again this year, posting only two errors in 57 games and throwing out eight runners. It was the third consecutive year that he's been named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Kentucky (35-23) opens its eighth all-time NCAA Tournament on Friday in the NCAA Louisville Regional, facing Kansas at 2 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.


SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Logan Shore, Florida
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – Seth Hick, Mississippi State
SEC?COACH?OF?THE?YEAR - Kevin O'Sullivan, Florida

1B - Sikes Orvis, Ole Miss
2B - Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt
3B - Austin Anderson, Ole Miss
SS - Vince Conde, Vanderbilt
C - Taylor Gushue, Florida
OF - Auston Bousfield, Ole Miss
OF?- Ka'ai Tom, Kentucky
OF - Christin Stewart, Tennessee
DH/UTL - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
P - Aaron Nola, LSU
P - Logan Shore, Florida
RP - Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State

1B - Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B - Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
3B - Max Kuhn, Kentucky
SS - Alex Bregman, LSU
C - Will Allen, Ole Miss
OF - Ben Moore, Alabama
OF - Harrison Bader, Florida
OF - Nick Banks, Texas A&M
DH/UTL - Wade Wass, Alabama
P - Ross Mitchell, Mississippi State
P - Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
RP - Joel Seddon, South Carolina

1B - Peter Alonso, Florida
2B - JaVon Shelby, Kentucky
3B - John Sternagel, Florida
SS – Errol Robinson, Ole Miss
C - Gavin Collins, Mississippi State
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF?- Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF - Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas
DH/UTL - Nick Senzel, Tennessee
P – Logan Shore, Florida
P - Keegan Thompson, Auburn
RP - Thomas Burrows, Alabama

P - Aaron Nola, LSU; Carson Fulmer, Vanderbilt
1B - Eric Fisher, Arkansas
2B - Brett Pirtle, Mississippi State
SS - Seth Heck, Mississippi State
3B - Joey Pankake, South Carolina
C - Jake Wise, Arkansas; Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
OF?- Andrew Stevenson, LSU

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