SEC champion Gators rake in league postseason honors

Florida Gators Amanda Lorenz celebrates after scoring the Florida Gators first run during their home game against the Florida State Seminoles on April 25, 2018. The Florida Gators beat FSU 5-1. [Lauren Bacho/Gainesville Sun]

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.Florida’s softball team garnered 10 different SEC accolades, including both SEC Player and Pitcher of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, Kelly Barnhill was tabbed as the SEC Pitcher of the Year, while Amanda Lorenz earned her first SEC Player of the Year award. The pair of juniors were dominant over the course of the 2018 regular season.

It’s only the second time in program history, first since Lauren Haeger and Kelsey Stewart in 2015, that UF has swept both awards.

“I’m very proud of all of our players who have worked so hard this season and to be recognized by the SEC and the SEC coaches shows how that hard work has paid off,” UF coach Tim Walton said. “It takes a team to be successful, so these awards are shared with every player, the coaches and the staff.”

Barnhill and Lorenz both headlined the All-SEC First Team selections and were joined by seniors Nicole DeWitt and Aleshia Ocasio to round out the first team selections.

Hannah Adams registered a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Team along with Jordan Matthews. Adams was also selected to the All-SEC Defensive squad along with senior Janell Wheaton.

The Gators play the Alabama-Auburn winner on Thursday, the second day of the SEC Tournament.


First Team All-SEC Second Team All-SEC
P – Kelly Barnhill, Florida P – Alexis Osorio, Alabama
P – Brittany Gray, Georgia P – Mary Haff, Arkansas
P – Allie Walljasper, LSU P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
IF – Nicole DeWitt, Florida IF – Bailey Hemphill, Alabama
IF – Alyssa DiCarlo, Georgia IF – Justice Milz, Georgia
IF – Meghan Gregg, Tennessee IF – Katie Reed, Kentucky
IF – Aubrey Leach, Tennessee IF – Rylee Pierce, Missouri
IF – Tori Vidales, Texas A&M IF – Mackenzie Boesel, South Carolina
OF – Kaylee Tow, Alabama IF – Kenzi Maguire, South Carolina
OF – Amanda Lorenz, Florida OF – Elissa Brown, Alabama
OF – Cortni Emanuel, Georgia OF – Hannah McEwen, Arkansas
OF – Scarlet McSwain, Tennessee OF – Aliyah Andrews, LSU
C – Mia Davidson, Mississippi State OF – Kolby Romaine, Missouri
DP/U – Aleshia Ocasio, Florida C – Alyssa VanDerveer, South Carolina
DP/U – Cayla Kessinger, Missouri
Freshman All-SEC SEC All-Defensive
P – Mary Haff, Arkansas P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
P – Grace Baalman, Kentucky C – Janell Wheaton, Florida
P – Kelsey Oh, South Carolina C – Ashley Walters, Texas A&M
IF – Taylon Snow, Auburn 1B – Tori Vidales, Texas A&M
IF – Hannah Adams, Florida 2B – Hannah Adams, Florida
IF – Brooke Wilmes, Missouri SS – Katie Reed, Kentucky
IF – Jana Johns, South Carolina 3B – Amanda Sanchez, Missouri
IF – Ashley Morgan, Tennessee 3B – Jana Johns, South Carolina
OF – Kaylee Tow, Alabama LF – Aliyah Andrews, LSU
OF – Hannah McEwen, Arkansas CF – Erica Russell, Texas A&M
OF – Taryn Antoine, LSU RF – Sarah Hudek, Texas A&M
OF – Amanda Ayala, Tennessee
C – Mia Davidson, Mississippi State
DP/U – Jordan Matthews, Florida
Player of the Year: Amanda Lorenz, Florida
Pitcher of the Year: Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Mia Davidson, Mississippi State
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Katie Reed, Kentucky
Coach of the Year: Lu Harris-Champer, Georgia