Gators' Austin Maddox, coach Kevin O'Sullivan receive top league honors
Florida third-baseman Austin Maddox was named the SEC Freshman of the Year on Tuesday, and Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan was awarded SEC Coach of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday.
The awards are determined by a vote of the SEC's head baseball coaches.
It is the second consecutive season that a Florida player has won Freshman of the Year - last season Tampa first baseman Preston Tucker shared the award last season with LSU’s Matty Ott.
Junior left-hander Kevin Chapman was a first-team All-SEC selection, while UF had four players on the second team: OF Matt den Dekker, SS Nolan Fontana, Maddox and Tucker. The four Florida players on the second team were the program’s most since 2002, when Ryan Shealy (1B), Aaron Davidson (2B), Mark Kiger (SS) and Aaron Sobieraj (OF) were all made the team.
Five Florida players comprised the six spots on the All-Freshman Team - Fontana, Brian Johnson (both as a pitcher and designated hitter), Maddox, pitcher Hudson Randall and catcher Mike Zunino. Also, den Dekker was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team for the third year in a row and was joined by teammates Fontana and Tucker.
Auburn 1B Hunter Morris was selected as the 2010 SEC Baseball Player of the Year, Ole Miss left hander Drew Pomeranz was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Cory Luckie of Auburn was named the
SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.