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Which Tennessee Baseball Players Landed On All-SEC Teams

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The SEC released its All-SEC teams on Monday afternoon before the start of this weeks SEC Tournament in Hoover. The co-SEC Champion Tennessee Volunteers were well represented with two players landing on the First Team, two players landing on the Second Team, two players landed on the All-Defensive Team and one player landing on the All-Freshman Team.

Second baseman Christian Moore and outfielder Dylan Dreiling landed on the All-SEC First Team after huge seasons. Moore was one of the best players in the conference all season, particularly in 30 SEC games where he hit .429 with 20 home runs, six doubles and 41 RBIs.

Dreiling was Tennessee’s quiet superstar during his sophomore season but nevertheless a hugely important bat in the Vols’ lineup. The left-handed bat hit .333 with 10 home runs, 20 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs during conference play.

The SEC’s coaches voted first baseman Blake Burke and outfielder Kavares Tears on the All-SEC Second Team. Burke hit .341 with seven home runs, 18 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs during a fantastic junior season. Tears proved to be Tennessee’s latest homegrown star, hitting .301 with nine home runs, 17 extra-base hits and 23 RBIs in 28 SEC games played.

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Both Burke and Tears also landed on the All-SEC Defensive Team. Burke made improvements at the plate from his sophomore year to his junior year but his defensive improvement was massive. The California native turned himself into a high level defender and someone who was deserving of the defensive league honor.

Tears arrived at Tennessee without a clear position but turned himself into a high-level outfielder with a rocket left arm that SEC opponents have to fear.

Shortstop Dean Curley landed on the All-SEC Freshman team after hitting .284 with nine home runs, 18 extra-base hits and 37 RBIs over the course of the season and .282 with three home runs, nine extra-base hits and 15 RBIs during SEC play.

The Vols didn’t have a single pitcher land on the two All-SEC teams though sophomore Nate Snead had a strong case to be an All-SEC reliever— posting a 4-1 record, 3.28 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 35.2 innings pitched in SEC play.

Tennessee starting pitcher Drew Beam was also named the SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Tennessee looks to defend its regular season SEC Championship this week at the SEC Tournament in Hoover. The Vols open up play at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday evening against the winner of Tuesday’s Florida-Vanderbilt game.

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