May 27, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart became the first Tennessee player since 2009 to earn All-SEC First Team accolades and Nick Senzel was named to the league's all-freshman team as the conference announced its postseason honors on Tuesday.
Stewart was Tennessee's top offensive threat in 2014, becoming just the 11th player in program history to win the team "Triple Crown" by leading the Vols with a .330 batting average, five home runs and 39 RBIs.
The only player to play in all 54 of UT's games this year Stewart also paced the squad with 45 runs scored, 72 hits, 19 doubles, six triples and a .541 slugging percentage.
The Lawrenceville, Ga., native is the first UT player to earn first team All-SEC honors since Blake Forsythe and the program's first "Triple Crown" winner since Cody Hawn, both of which last occurred during the 2009 campaign.
Also taking home postseason honors on Tuesday was Senzel, who was named the league's top freshman designated hitter. The local Knoxville product opened his collegiate career by hitting at a .315 clip with 15 extra-base hits and tying Stewart for the team lead with 39 RBIs.
UT's cleanup hitter for the majority of the season, Senzel also stole 14 bases, good for second on the squad, and walked (30) more times than he struck out (25) en route to posting a team-high .419 on-base percentage.
Senzel's award marks the 10th straight season that Tennessee has had at least one player on the SEC All-Freshman Team, continuing the trend started by the Vol trio of James Adkins, J.P. Arencibia and Julio Borbon in 2005
Tony Delmonico earned the honors in 2006 before both Yan Gomes and Jeff Lockwood followed suit in 2007. Kentrail Davis and P.J. Polk picked up the accolades in 2008 and Zach Osborne made it five consecutive seasons with his award in 2009. Chris Fritts and Andrew Toles followed in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and Will Maddox (2012) and Vincent Jackson (2013) kept the streak going the last two seasons.
A complete listing of the 2014 All-SEC awards can be found at SECSports.com.
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