Two Commodores earn All-SEC baseball honors

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 2:54pm
Staff reports

Anthony Gomez and Tyler Beede earned All-Southeastern Conference honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Voted on by the conference’s coaches, Gomez was named to the first team for the second time in his career. Beede collected All-Freshman honors.

Gomez, a junior shortstop, leads the Commodores (33-26) into their NCAA Regional on Friday in Raleigh, N.C. He has started all 59 games this season and 173 straight overall. The New Jersey native tops the team with a .354 batting average and 51 RBIs. He ranks ninth all-time in school history with 261 hits — just 39 shy of the school record.

Gomez’s selection marks the seventh straight season a Vanderbilt player has earned All-SEC first team honors.

Beede, a freshman right-hander from Auburn, Mass., was 1-2 in conference play with a 3.91 ERA in nine starts. Against SEC competition, he struck out 45 batters in 48.2 innings — both team-highs.

LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes was named the SEC’s player of the year. Mississippi State’s Chris Stratton earned top pitcher honors and Kentucky outfielder Austin Cousino was tabbed as the freshman of the year. Kentucky’s Gary Henderson was named the league’s coach of the year.