Florida Gators dominate SEC baseball Awards

The SEC league office announced postseason Awards on Monday and as expected the Florida Gators swept the big three awards.

Jonathan India was named SEC Player of the Year, Brady Singer was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and Kevin O’Sullivan was named SEC Coach of the Year.

Florida is just the second school in SEC history to have Player, Pitcher and Coach of the year (Georgia, 2008).

India led the SEC in slugging (.730), on-base percentage (.506) and walks (45). He was third in home runs (16), total bases (130) and batting average (.365). his 24 game hitting streak earlier this season is the longest of any player in the SEC this season and the third longest in school history. Along with being SEC Player of the Year India was also named to the All-SEC First Team, All-SEC defensive team and a Golden Spike Semifinalist. India is the third Gator to win this award (Matt LaPorta, 2005 & 2007, Mike Zunino, 2011).

Brady Singer came into the season talked about as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft and he has done everything expected of him and more this season. Singer leads the SEC in wins (10), ERA (2.25) and has held opposing batters to a paltry .186 batting average. Singer is the third Gator to win this award (Justin Hoyman – 2004, Logan Shore, 2016). Singer was also named to the All-SEC First Team and a Golden Spikes Award winner.

Kevin O’Sullivan was named SEC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his 11th season at Florida. Only two coaches have won the award more ( Tilden Campbell, Alabama and Skip Bertman, LSU).

Florida had four players named to the First Team All-SEC list as well. India, Singer, catcher JJ Schwarz and closer Michael Byrne. Outfielder Wil Dalton was named to the Second Team.

2018 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: Jonathan India, Florida
Pitcher of the Year: Brady Singer, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
Coach of the Year: Kevin O’Sullivan, Florida
Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Keegan McGovern, Georgia
Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nico Mascia, Tennessee

First-Team All-SEC
C: JJ Schwarz, Florida
1B: Kole Cottam, Kentucky
2B: Carson Shaddy, Arkansas
3B: Jonathan India, Florida
SS: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF: Ryan Olenek, Ole Miss
OF: Keegan McGovern, Georgia
DH/UT: Luke Heyer, Kentucky
SP: Brady Singer, Florida
SP: Casey Mize, Auburn
RP: Michael Byrne, Florida

Second-Team All-SEC Team
C: Nick Fortes, Ole Miss
1B: Adam Sasser, Georgia
2B: Michael Helman, Texas A&M
3B: Casey Martin, Arkansas
SS: Will Holland, Auburn
OF: Eric Cole, Arkansas
OF: Wil Dalton, Florida
OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
DH/UT: Michael Curry, Georgia
SP: Blaine Knight, Arkansas
SP: Jackson Kowar, Florida
RP: Parker Caracci, Ole Miss

Freshman All-SEC Team
C: Mason Meadows, Georgia
1B: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State
2B: Anthony Servideo, Ole Miss
3B: Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
OF: Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF: Steven Williams, Auburn
DH/UT: Edouard Julien, Auburn
SP: Ma’Khail Hilliard, LSU
SP: Tanner Burns, Auburn
RP: Cody Greenhill, Auburn

SEC All-Defensive Team
C: Grant Koch, Arkansas
1B: Cole Zabowski, Ole Miss
2B: Luke Jarvis, Auburn
3B: Jonathan India, Florida
SS: Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt
OF: Zach Watson, LSU
OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas
P: Will Neely, Tennessee

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