Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Five players earn All-SEC honors

The day before Vanderbilt begins its Southeastern Conference Tournament title defense, five Commodores earned All-SEC recognition, highlighted by junior third baseman Pedro Alvarez and senior centerfielder David Macias, who were named to the first team.

Rightfielder Dominic de la Osa, shortstop Ryan Flaherty and second baseman Alex Feinberg received second-team recognition, while redshirt freshman reliever Russell Brewer was named to the All-Freshman team and Macias was named to the All-Defensive team.

Alvarez hit .338 with seven homers, 14 doubles and 25 RBI in 32 games. In 21 SEC games, he hit .400 with five homers, 10 doubles and 18 RBI. Macias led the team with a .366 batting average with seven homers, 15 doubles and 33 RBI. He hit.347 with six homers, nine doubles and 23 RBI in league play and was error free in 58 chances in the outfield.

De la Osa finished his senior campaign with a .309 average, 10 homers, 14 doubles and 45 RBI. He batted .322 in SEC play with four homers, 10 doubles and 26 RBI, while also stealing 13 bases in 15 attempts. He also became the school’s all-time leader in hits and doubles.

Flaherty batted .318 with a team-high 13 homers and 56 RBI to go with 10 doubles and nine stolen bases. He hit .328 with nine homers and 30 RBI in SEC play, earning all-league honors for the second straight year.

Feinberg finished second on the team with a .324 batting average with two homers, 12 doubles and 33 RBI. The senior missed just two SEC games after suffering a broken jaw and is also a two-time Academic All-District selection.

Brewer led the team with five saves while posting a 4-2 record with a 3.38 ERA. He recorded 49 strikeouts and issued just eight walks in 42.2 innings pitched.

Georgia shortstop Gordon Beckham, a potential No. 1 overall pick in June's Major League Draft, was named the unanimous SEC Player of the Year, Georgia closer Josh Field was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Georgia coach David Perno was named SEC Coach of the Year.

You can see all of the selections here.

The sixth-seeded Commodores play third-seeded Florida Wednesday at 1 p.m. CT in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. You can check out the entire bracket here.

1 comment:

Tony Arnold said...

Coach Corbin and his staff have done such a great job in not only getting these young men here, but in developing them further during their time at VU.

Hopefully we will be back in stride this weekend having gotten our mini-slump over with.

Last year we were #1 for so long and then just could not get it done in the regionals. Maybe it will be the opposite way this year--stay out of the top ten most of the year, struggle some, and then peak when it counts and win the whole thing. That would be cool.

I am afraid we might have lost a chance of hosting a regional though. I hope not. I already have placed my order for regional and super-regional tickets at home.