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Emerson Hancock
Emerson Hancock

Five members of the University of Georgia baseball team have earned All-Southeastern Conference honors, the league office announced Monday.

Sophomore pitcher Emerson Hancock was named First Team All-SEC, senior second baseman LJ Talley and junior third baseman Aaron Schunk made Second Team All-SEC, pitcher Cole Wilcox was part of the Freshman All-SEC squad plus Talley and junior shortstop Cam Shepherd headline the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Hancock (8-2, 1.31 ERA), a Cairo, Ga. native and semifinalist for The Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, leads the SEC and ranks fourth nationally in ERA. In nine of his 12 starts this year, he allowed zero or one run. His two losses came 1-0 to No. 10 LSU and 2-0 at Tennessee. In eight SEC starts, Hancock went 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA and held opponents to a .157 batting average. 

LJ Talley
LJ Talley

Talley and Schunk are enjoying career years. Talley, who hails from Folkston, Ga., is batting a team-leading .346 with eight home runs and 40 RBI. He has started all 56 games and is fielding .986. Schunk, an Atlanta native and semifinalist for the Olerud Award as a two-way standout, is hitting .343 with a team-best 11 home runs and 44 RBI in 50 games. On the mound, he’s 1-2 with a 2.53 ERA and 11 saves in 16 appearances.

Aaron Schunk
Aaron Schunk

Wilcox, a native of Chickamauga, Ga., is 3-1 with a 4.17 ERA in 17 appearances including four starts. In SEC action, Wilcox is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched.

Cole Wilcox
Cole Wilcox

Shepherd, a native of Duluth, Ga., has put together one of the finest defensive seasons ever by an SEC shortstop, going error-free in 30 SEC games in a total of 109 chances. For the year, he’s fielding .990 with just two errors in 206 total chances. At the plate, Shepherd is batting .232 with six home runs and 30 RBI.

Cam Shepherd
Cam Shepherd

Seventh-ranked Georgia (42-14, 21-9 SEC) is the No. 3 seed at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. The Bulldogs will play Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET against the winner of a Tuesday game involving 13th-ranked and No. 6 seed Texas A&M and No. 11 seed Florida. The Bulldogs swept the Gators in Athens this season and did not face the Aggies.

2019 SEC Baseball Awards

Player of the Year: JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt

Pitcher of the Year: Ethan Small, Mississippi State

Freshman of the Year: JT Ginn, Mississippi State

Coach of the Year: Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Garrett Stallings, Tennessee

First-Team All-SEC

C: Philip Clarke, Vanderbilt

1B: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State

2B: Justin Foscue, Mississippi State

3B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt

SS: Grae Kessinger, Ole Miss

OF: JJ Bleday, Vanderbilt

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: Alerick Soularie, Tennessee

DH/UT: Nelson Maldonado, Florida

SP: Ethan Small, Mississippi State

SP: Emerson Hancock, Georgia

RP: Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt

Second-Team All-SEC Team

C: Cooper Johnson, Ole Miss

1B: Trevor Ezell, Arkansas 

2B: LJ Talley, Georgia

3B: Aaron Schunk, Georgia

SS: Casey Martin, Arkansas

OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas

OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas

OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU

DH/UT: Matt Goodheart, Arkansas

SP: TJ Sikkema, Missouri

SP: Zack Thompson, Kentucky

RP: Matt Cronin, Arkansas

Freshman All-SEC Team

JT Ginn, SP, Mississippi State      

Kumar Rocker, SP, Vanderbilt     

Doug Nikhazy, SP, Ole Miss         

Cole Henry, SP, LSU        

Cole Wilcox, SP, Georgia 

Patrick Wicklander, SP, Arkansas               

Connor Noland, SP, Arkansas      

Ryan Bliss, 2B, Auburn   

Christian Franklin, OF, Arkansas                 

Joseph Menefee, RP, Texas A&M            

Kendrick Calilao, 1B, Florida         

Brett Kerry, RP, South Carolina 

SEC All-Defensive Team

C: Cooper Johnson, Ole Miss

1B: Trevor Ezell, Arkansas*

1B: Julian Infante, Vanderbilt*

2B: LJ Talley, Georgia

3B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt

SS: Cam Shepherd, Georgia

OF: Dominic Fletcher, Arkansas

OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

OF: Zach Watson, LSU

P: Garrett Stallings, Tennessee

*Tie (Ties are not broken)

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.