LSU's Raph Rhymes leads the NCAA with a .459 batting average
Photo by:Hilary Scheinuk, LSU Athletics Student Photographer
Rhymes Named SEC's Top Player; Four More Honored
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Published: May 29, 2012, 10:08 AM (CT)
Updated: May 29, 2012, 11:44 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes was selected 2012 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Chris Stratton of Mississippi State was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Kentucky outfielder Austin Cousino was named SEC Freshman of the Year by a vote of the league's 12 head baseball coaches.

Rhymes joined former Tigers Todd Walker (1993), Russ Johnson (1994), Eddy Furniss (1996), Aaron Hill (2003) and Jon Zeringue (2004) who took home the SEC's top award. He leads the NCAA with a .459 batting average entering NCAA postseason play.

Joining Rhymes on the All-SEC First Team was pitcher Kevin Gausman (10-1, 2.84 ERA). Outfielder Mason Katz (.335, 11 HR, 48 RBI) was named to the Second Team while pitcher Aaron Nola (6-4, 3.93 ERA) earned an All-Freshman honor and pitcher Ryan Eades (5-2, 3.36 ERA, 73 K, 6 BB) was on the All-Defensive team.

The Tigers next play host to UL-Monroe in the opening game of the Baton Rouge Regional on Friday at 7 p.m. CT.

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The complete 2012 All-SEC Team follows:
 
SEC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Raph Rhymes, LSU
SEC PITCHER OF THE YEAR - Chris Stratton, Mississippi State
SEC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Michael Roth, South Carolina
SEC COACH OF THE YEAR - Gary Henderson, Kentucky
 
FIRST TEAM
1B - Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B - Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss
3B - Matt Reynolds, Arkansas
SS - Anthony Gomez, Vanderbilt
C - Mike Zunino, Florida
OF - Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF - Preston Tucker, Florida
OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama
DH/UTL - Brian Johnson, Florida
P - Chris Stratton, Mississippi State
P - Kevin Gausman, LSU
RP - Steven Rodriguez, Florida
 
SECOND TEAM
1B - Matt Snyder, Ole Miss
2B - Bo Bigham, Arkansas
3B - Curt Powell, Georgia
SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida
C - Luke Maile, Kentucky
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF - Ryan Tella, Auburn
OF - Mason Katz, LSU
DH - Drew Steckenrider, Tennessee
P - Alex Wood, Georgia
P - Corey Littrell, Kentucky
P - Bobby Wahl, Ole Miss
RP - Matt Price, South Carolina
 
ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
2B - Will Maddox, Tennessee
3B - Josh Tobias, Florida
SS - Joey Pancake, South Carolina
C - Grayson Greiner, South Carolina
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
OF - Hunter Cole, Georgia
OF - Ben Moore, Alabama
DH/UTL - A.J. Reed, Kentucky
P - Aaron Nola, LSU
P - Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt
RP - Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State
 
ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P - Ryan Eades, LSU
P - Kendall Graveman, Mississippi State
P - Michael Roth, South Carolina
1B -Dominic Ficociello, Arkansas
2B - Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss
SS - Nolan Fontana, Florida
3B - Matt Reynolds, Arkansas
C - Mike Zunino, Florida
OF - Evan Marzilli, South Carolina
OF - Taylor Dugas, Alabama
OF - Austin Cousino, Kentucky

 

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