FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas junior catcher James McCann and senior outfielder Kyle Robinson were named to the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament All-Tournament Team, announced on Sunday afternoon.
A semifinalist for the 2011 Johnny Bench Award, McCann finished the conference tournament hitting .313 with a team-high four RBI. The 2011 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recorded his first career four-hit game in Arkansas’ victory over Mississippi State on Thursday, finishing the contest going 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. McCann also had a pair of RBI in the Razorbacks’ opening game of the tournament against Alabama. The junior from Santa Barbara, Calif., had a strong tournament behind the plate, throwing out three would-be base stealers and not committing an error.
For the season, McCann is second on the team with a .309 batting average with six homers and 33 RBI. He has also stolen nine bases.
A native of Boca Raton, Fla., Robinson was Arkansas’ top hitter at the SEC Tournament, finishing the event with a .500 batting average, a home run, three RBI and a stolen base. After not playing in the tournament opener, Robinson had two hits in each of the last three games Arkansas played. In the Razorbacks’ victory over Alabama on Friday, Robinson hit his ninth home run of the season and also added an insurance run later in the game with a RBI single. He also had two hits against Mississippi State on Thursday and Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Robinson has been one of the top run producers for Arkansas in 2011, leading the team with nine homers and ranking second on the team with 45 RBI to go along with a .293 batting average. Robinson also has nine stolen bases in 10 attempts on the season.
Florida’s Daniel Pigott was named the Most Valuable Player of the SEC Tournament after leading the Gators to the conference tournament championship.
2011 SEC Baseball Tournament All-Tournament TeamP – Hudson Randall, FloridaP – Sonny Gray, VanderbiltP – Michael Roth, VanderbiltP – Michael Palazzone, GeorgiaC – James McCann, Arkansas1B – Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt2B – Riley Reynolds, Vanderbilt3B – Jason Esposito, VanderbiltSS – Nolan Fontana, FloridaOF – Daniel Pigott, FloridaOF – Kyle Robinson, ArkansasOF – Bryson Smith, FloridaDH – Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt
MVP: Daniel Pigott, Florida