Thursday, May 26, 2011

All SEC Baseball Team announced

AUBURN, Ala. – Shortstop Casey McElroy has been voted First Team All-SEC while catcher Tony Caldwell was voted Second Team All-SEC in a vote by the league’s coaches, the conference office announced during the practice day on Tuesday at Regions Park prior to the 2011 SEC Baseball Tournament.

McElroy, a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2008 and a 2010 Cape Cod League All-Star, was voted to an All-SEC team for the first time in his career. In SEC-only games, the Orlando native hit .398 with 10 doubles, five home runs, 32 RBI and 27 runs scored, slugging .602 with a .451 on base percentage. In total, the junior has reached base safely in 52 out of 56 games this season and has a .427 on base percentage, ranking in the top 10 in eight offensive categories in the SEC (Batting Avg. - .370 - 5th; Slugging Pct. - .555 - 6th; Hits - 84 - 1st; RBI - 52 - 5th; Doubles - 18 - T7th; Home Runs - 8 - T8th; Total Bases - 126 - 4th; Sac Flies - 6 - T3rd).

University of Alabama junior centerfielder Taylor Dugas was selected as a Second Team All-Southeastern Conference outfielder, as selected by the coaches and announced by the league office Tuesday. Dugas was also selected to the SEC All-Defensive Team as one of the top defensive outfielders in the conference.

This season, Dugas a Lafayette, La., native, posted a .343 average while starting all 56 games in centerfield for the Crimson Tide. He finished second on the team in hitting during the regular season, while leading the club during SEC play with a .317 average. He had team-highs in home runs (5), triples (4), and doubles (19), giving him a club leading .540 slugging percentage. Additionally, his 38 walks also led the team, helping him to a team-best .453 on-base percentage.

When compared to SEC competition, Dugas was tied for third in doubles and runs scored, was fourth in triples, sixth in on-base percentage, seventh in walks, and ninth in slugging percentage. For his career, Dugas ranks seventh all-time at Alabama with 54 career doubles, eighth in runs scored with 186, and 10th in hits with 252.

An outstanding defensive outfielder, Dugas earned his first selection to the SEC All-Defensive team. He finished the season with a .986 fielding percentage, making just two errors in 145 chances. Dugas is one of two players on the roster to start all 56 games this season, and has not made an error in his last 75 chances, which covers the last 25 games.

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