Two Vols earn SEC honors

The Southeastern Conference has named Tennessee's Luke Hochevar its SEC Pitcher of the Year, while Vol catcher J.P. Arencibia was selected as the SEC Freshman of the Year. Three Volunteers were included on the 2005 All-SEC first team, and UT also placed three players on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Hochevar is a semifinalist for four different national player/pitcher of the year awards. He leads the NCAA with 13 wins this season and ranks first in the SEC with 123 strikeouts, 42 batters struck out looking and 111.2 innings pitched.

Arencibia ranks third in the SEC with 63 RBI this season. He also broke Todd Helton's school record for home runs by a freshman (11 in 1993) by hitting 13 long balls during the regular season.

Hochevar, junior outfielder Eli Iorg and junior third baseman Chase Headley were all named to the All-SEC first team, marking Tennessee's most first-team selections since 1996 (shortstop Augie Ojeda, outfielder Scott Schroeffel and pitcher R.A. Dickey).

Iorg's 68 RBIs are the most in the SEC, and he also leads the league in hits (90) and stolen bases (26). He is the Tennessee team leader in batting average (.391), hits, RBI, home runs (15) and stolen bases.

Headley ranks first in the SEC with 56 walks, a .534 on-base percentage and 73 runs scored. He is hitting .383 this year with 12 home runs and 56 RBIs. Headley is batting a team-high .402 in SEC play.

Left-handed pitcher James Adkins and outfielder Julio Borbon joined Arencibia as UT's trio of representatives on the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Adkins is 7-4 this season with a 3.49 ERA. He has recorded 89 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings and posted SEC wins over Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas and South Carolina.

Borbon's 19 bunt singles this season are believed to be the most in the NCAA (bunt hits are not an official statistic). His .368 batting average is third-best on the team behind only Iorg and Headley.

The league's 12 head coaches voted on the All-SEC teams and baseball award winners, and Hochevar's selection as pitcher of the year was the only unanimous pick this season (coaches could not vote for their own players, so a unanimous selection received 11 votes).

Florida's Pat McMahon and Matt LaPorta were tabbed as the SEC Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively.


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