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Gamecocks Land Two on SEC Softball Postseason Listings
May 9, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina infielders Mackenzie Boesel and Kaylea Snaer both garnered postseason recognition from the Southeastern Conference coaches, the league announced on Tuesday. Boesel earned a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team, while Snaer took the first-baseman spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Boesel leads South Carolina with a .333 batting average, .438 on-base percentage and .556 slugging percentage. Her seven home runs are one shy of the Gamecocks’ freshman-year record of eight, set by her teammate Snaer. She’s one of three Gamecocks who have started every game.

Snaer currently has the highest fielding percentage of a Gamecock first baseman in a single season at .998, only making one error on the year. She’s fourth in the SEC in putouts and second in fielding double plays. At the plate, she’s hit a team-best 14 doubles and eight home runs, with eight of those doubles and four of the round-trippers coming in SEC play. In her career, Snaer’s set South Carolina’s career record in walks and is one shy of matching the doubles mark.

Both Tennessee and Florida took two of the individual awards. The Gators’ Tim Walton took the SEC Coach of the Year, while Kelly Barnhill earned SEC Pitcher of the Year accolades. The Vols’ Meghan Gregg was named SEC Player of the Year, and Caylan Arnold garnered the SEC Freshman of the Year award. Auburn’s Kasey Cooper was picked as the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Boesel’s the fourth Gamecock under head coach Beverly Smith to make the SEC All-Freshman Team, while Snaer’s the third South Carolina player to make the SEC All-Defensive Team.

South Carolina takes on seventh-seeded Kentucky in Wednesday’s opening round of the SEC Tournament, hosted by Tennessee. First pitch on Wed. is scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT on the SEC Network.
 

 

2017 SEC Softball Postseason Awards
As selected by the coaches

All-SEC First Team
P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
P – Kelly Barnhill, Florida
P – Delaney Gourley, Florida
IF – Nicole DeWitt, Florida
IF – Kayli Kvistad, Florida
IF – Katie Reed, Kentucky
IF – Caroline Seitz, Mississippi State
IF – Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
OF – Amanda Lorenz, Florida
OF – Cortni Emanuel, Georgia
OF – Bailey Landry, LSU
OF – Kylan Becker, Mississippi
C – Carlee Wallace, Auburn
DP/U – Aleshia Ocasio, Florida

All-SEC Second Team
P – Alexis Osorio, Alabama
P – Allie Walljasper, LSU
P – Kaitlin Lee, Mississippi
P – Matty Moss, Tennessee
IF – A.J. Belans, Arkansas
IF – Kasey Cooper, Auburn
IF – Alyssa DiCarlo, Georgia
IF – Kristen Cuyos, Texas A&M
IF – Riley Sartain, Texas A&M
OF – Alyssa Rivera, Auburn
OF – Justine McLean, Florida
OF – Sydni Emanuel, Georgia
OF – Regan Nash, Missouri
C – Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
DP/U – Brooke Vines, Tennessee

SEC All-Freshman Team
P – Autumn Storms, Arkansas
P – Morgan Bruce, Mississippi
P – Caylan Arnold, Tennessee
IF – Sophia Reynoso, Florida
IF – Alex Martens, Kentucky
IF – Braxton Burnside, Missouri
IF – Mackenzie Boesel, South Carolina
IF – Chelsea Seggern, Tennessee
OF – Elissa Brown, Alabama
OF – Alyssa Rivera, Auburn
OF – Bailey Vick, Kentucky
OF – Sarah Hudek, Texas A&M
DP/U – Bailey Hemphill, Alabama

SEC All-Defensive Team
P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
C – Carlee Wallace, Auburn
1B – Kaylea Snaer, South Carolina
2B – Nicole DeWitt, Florida
SS – Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
3B – Kasey Cooper, Auburn
LF – Bailey Vick, Kentucky
CF – Amanda Ivy, Mississippi State
RF – Sydni Emanuel, Georgia

Player of the Year: Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
Pitcher of the Year: Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Caylan Arnold, Tennessee
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kasey Cooper, Auburn
Coach of the Year: Tim Walton, Florida

 

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