As he probably nears the end of his college career, Justin Smoak continues to be honored for his best season.
The USC star first baseman was named by the league’s 12 coaches to the All-SEC first team on Tuesday. Three Gamecocks were named to the second team: junior third baseman James Darnell, junior shortstop Reese Havens and senior designated hitter Phil Disher.
Smoak, a junior, was a second-team selection last year. He enters the SEC tournament with 20 homers and 61 RBIs, and his .407 batting average during SEC play was the best in the league.
Smoak is one of 16 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, awarded to the top player in college baseball. He is expected to be picked in the top 10 of next month's major league draft.
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Center fielder Whit Merrifield was named to the all-freshman team. He is hitting .319 and led the SEC in sacrifices hits with 20.
Georgia dominated the team. Shortstop Gordon Beckham was a unanimous pick as player of the year, as well as scholar-athlete of the year. Senior Joshua Fields was named the best pitcher, and David Perno was picked as coach of the year. Auburn's Hunter Morris was freshman of the year.
— Seth Emerson
A list of All-SEC teams, honors
All-SEC teams and awards voted on by the league’s 12 coaches:
SEC Player of the Year: Gordon Beckham, Georgia
SEC Pitcher of the Year: Joshua Fields, Georgia
SEC Freshman of the Year: Hunter Morris, Auburn
SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gordon Beckham, Georgia
SEC Coach of the Year: David Perno, Georgia
1B — Justin Smoak, South Carolina
2B — Josh Adams, Florida; Ryan Wilkes, Kentucky
3B — Pedro Alvarez, Vanderbilt; Logan Forsythe, Arkansas
SS — Gordon Beckham, Georgia
C — Bryce Massanari, Georgia
OF — Collin Cowgill, Kentucky; Sawyer Carroll, Kentucky; Matt den Dekker, Florida; Brandon May, Alabama; David Macias, Vanderbilt
DH — Alex Avila, Alabama
P — Patrick Keating, Florida; Chris Rusin, Kentucky
RP — Joshua Fields, Georgia
1B — Hunter Morris, Auburn
2B — Alex Feinberg, Vanderbilt
3B — James Darnell, South Carolina
SS — Ryan Flaherty, Vanderbilt; Reese Havens, S. Carolina
C — Yan Gomes, Tennessee
OF — Avery Barnes, Florida; Dominic de la Osa, Vanderbilt; Kentrail Davis, Tennessee
DH — Phil Disher, South Carolina
P — Lance Lynn, Mississippi; Trevor Holder, Georgia; Stephen Dodson, Georgia
RP — Scott Bittle, Mississippi
ALL FRESHMAN TEAM
1B — Hunter Morris, Auburn
2B — Josh Adams, Florida
3B — David Cunningham, Auburn
SS — Josh Rutledge, Alabama
C — Micah Gibbs, LSU
OF — Kentrail Davis, Tennessee; Whit Merrifield, South Carolina; Brian Fletcher, Auburn
DH — P.J. Polk, Tennessee
P — Drew Pomeranz, Mississippi; Grant Dayton, Auburn
RP — Russell Brewer, Vanderbilt
ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
P — Jared Bradford, LSU
1B — Rich Poythress, Georgia
2B — Ryan Wilkes, Kentucky
SS — Reese Havens, South Carolina
3B — Jake Smith, Alabama
C — Brett Basham, Mississippi
OF — Matt den Dekker, Florida; Collin Cowgill, Kentucky; David Macias, Vanderbilt