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BASEBALL: Robert Tyler and Stephen Wrenn Named Preseason All-SEC

UGA baseball - Robert Tyler (left) and Stephen Wrenn (right) - photos by Steven Colquitt and Sean Taylor -

UGA baseball – Robert Tyler (left) and Stephen Wrenn (right)
– photos by Steven Colquitt and Sean Taylor –

Georgia baseball team juniors Robert Tyler and Stephen Wrenn have been named to the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team as selected by the league coaches.

Tyler and Wrenn have been named to multiple preseason All-America teams. A 6-4, 226-pound right-hander from Cordele, Ga., Tyler draws the Opening Day start Friday against Georgia Southern. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5 p.m. Wrenn, a 6-2, 185-pound center fielder from Marietta, Ga., will miss the GSU series due to an injury that occurred during last Friday’s scrimmage. He is slated to return next week.
The Bulldog pair was named to the second team while Georgia was picked to finish sixth in the Eastern Division. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their team or student-athletes. Florida and Texas A&M, preseason ranked No. 1 and No. 3 nationally by leading publications, were predicted to win their divisions. League coaches picked Florida as the favorite to win the league, garnering 13 first-place votes with Vanderbilt earning one. The Bulldogs face Florida, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M on the road this season
According to the coaches, the predicted order-of-finish in the East will be Florida, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Georgia and Tennessee. In the Western Division, it was the Aggies followed by LSU, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama.
The SEC portion of the schedule gets underway March 18 when the Bulldogs welcome Kentucky to Foley Field. Along with the Wildcats, the SEC teams coming to Athens this season will be Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Georgia’s SEC road trips will be to the Gators, Aggies, Commodores, Mississippi State and Missouri. Last year, Georgia went 26-28 (10-19 SEC) in the second season under Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin.
Eastern Division
1. Florida (13) – 91
2. Vanderbilt (1) – 78
3. South Carolina – 54
4. Kentucky – 53
5. Missouri – 47
6. Georgia – 32
7. Tennessee – 30
Western Division
1. Texas A&M (8) – 85
2. LSU (5) – 79
3. Arkansas – 65
4. Mississippi State (1) – 49
5. Ole Miss – 46
6. Auburn – 33
7. Alabama – 28
SEC Champion: Florida (13); Vanderbilt (1)
First Team
C – JJ Schwarz, Florida
1B – Peter Alonso, Florida
2B – Ryne Birk, Texas A&M
SS – Ryan Howard, Missouri
3B – Nick Senzel, Tennessee
OF – Nick Banks, Texas A&M
OF – Buddy Reed, Florida
OF – Anfernee Grier, Auburn
DH/UT – JJ Schwarz, Florida
SP – Alex Lange, LSU
SP – A.J. Puk, Florida*
SP – Logan Shore, Florida*
RP – Zach Jackson, Arkansas
Second Team
C – Mike Rivera, Florida
1B – Evan White, Kentucky*
1B – Hunter Melton, Texas A&M*
2B – Rick Nomura, Arkansas
SS – Errol Robinson, Ole Miss
3B – Will Toffey, Vanderbilt
OF – Stephen Wrenn, Georgia
OF – Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
OF – Jake Fraley, LSU
DH/UT – Clark Eagan, Arkansas
SP – Robert Tyler, Georgia*
SP – Jared Poche’, LSU*
SP – Tanner Houck, Missouri
RP – Ryan Hendrix, Texas A&M
* – Ties were not broken


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