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Stanek, Anderson earn All-SEC honors

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Stanek, Anderson earn All-SEC honors

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas junior pitcher Ryne Stanek and sophomore outfielder Brian Anderson each earned All-Southeastern Conference honors, as voted on by the league coaches and announced on Tuesday. Stanek was one of two starting pitchers named to the All-SEC first team, while Anderson earned second-team All-SEC recognition as an outfielder. Stanek and Anderson each earned All-SEC honors for the first time in their career, becoming the 27th and 28th in Razorback history to be named All-SEC. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek was one of the most dominant pitchers in the SEC in 2013. In 10 starts in conference play, Stanek compiled a 7-1 record with an SEC-leading 0.97 ERA. In conference games only, Stanek also ranked third in the SEC in wins, fifth in opponent batting average (.204), tied for fifth in strikeouts and ninth in innings pitched. In 65 innings of work, Stanek allowed 13 runs, only seven earned, on 48 hits and struck out 56. Stanek worked six or more innings in seven of his 10 SEC starts and allowed zero or one earned run in nine of his 10 starts. Stanek turned in his best outings when the team needed him the most, after losing a series opener on Friday. In four Saturday SEC starts after Arkansas had lost its series opener, Stanek was 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 27.1 innings. Overall for the season, Stanek has started 15 games and has a 9-2 record with a 1.40 ERA, which is the lowest in the SEC. Anderson was the Razorbacks’ top offensive performer in conference play, finishing up the league schedule with a .371 batting average with three homers and 16 RBI. In SEC games only, Anderson ranked fourth in the conference in batting average, tied for third in slugging percentage (.581), second in on-base percentage (.472), tied for fifth in runs scored (24), sixth in hits (39) and tied for first in triples. A native of Edmond, Okla., Anderson hit safely in 22 of the 29 conference games he played and had 12 multi-hit games in conference play. Anderson also recorded six multi-RBI games in league play. Overall for the season, Anderson leads the team with a .338 batting average with a team-high tying four homers and 33 RBI. Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp was tabbed as the SEC Player of the Year, while LSU’s Aaron Nola was the league’s Pitcher of the Year. LSU’s Alex Bregman was the SEC Freshman of the Year and Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin was named the SEC Coach of the Year. Mississippi State’s Sam Frost was picked as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The No. 15 Arkansas baseball team, a two seed in the Manhattan Regional, begins play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. as it faces No. 3 seed Bryant in the first round at Tointon Family Stadium. Host school and No. 1 seed Kansas State will face No. 4 seed Wichita State in the other first round game on Friday at 2 p.m.



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