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Ole Miss baseball lands 3 players on the All-SEC team

J.B. Woodman and Henri Lartigue are first-teamers, Tate Blackman lands on the second team.

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After concluding the regular season with a 40-16 record and 18 conference wins, Mike Bianco and Co. were rewarded with three players on the All-SEC team. Junior outfielder J.B. Woodman and junior catcher Henri Lartigue made the first team and junior second baseman Tate Blackman made the second team. Woodman was also named on the SEC All-Defensive team.

Let's take a look at how we got here and why they were recognized.

J.B. Woodman, first-team OF

The C Spire Ferriss Trophy Finalist took a huge step forward as a junior, finally emerging into the all-around star Mike Bianco recruited him to be. He led the conference with 13 dingers while hitting .319 and pacing the team with a .407 on-base percentage. The Carpenter also scored 49 runs and stole 11 bases.

The final two months of the regular season is really what put Woodman on the first team, in my opinion. In conference play, the Orlando native hit .324, slapped nine of his 13 dingers and had a .604 slugging percentage. More times than not when the Rebels needed a lift, it was J.B. who would deliver. The LSU series was his signature moment when Rebel fans saw him hit .500 with three home runs and three outfield assists.

Henri Lartigue, first-team C

The Royal One. King Henri. The Bad Man from the Shaven. KANG. Whatever you want to call him, he was All-SEC caliber all year long. He was shaky at times behind the dish, but by God that was never the case at the plate. Henri hit .348 to lead the team while collecting 10 doubles, three home runs and a .405 on-base percentage. In conference play, the switch-hitter put up a .371 average, slugged .491 and had a .409 on-base percentage.

He was also clutch as hell.

Here's his walkoff hit to sweep Auburn:

And here he is two weeks later sweeping Kentucky:

It remains to be seen if Lartigue will return as a senior, but the young fella was damn fun to watch this season and has continued Ole Miss' recent trend of standout catchers.

Tate Blackman, second-team 2B

A fan favorite for his nickname and now for his hair, Blackman is only a second-teamer only because he got stuck behind A&M's Ryne Birk. After hitting .197 during a disappointing freshman campaign, Taternator hit a cool .332 as a sophomore, driving in 37 runs and bashing three homers. He also formed a pretty damn good duo with Errol Robinson, turning 17 double plays and fielding at a .948 clip.

Blackman had a different feel to him this season, playing with hunger and an edge. Hell, his first at-bat of the season was a dinger to left field against FIU.

I expect the draft-eligible sophomore to go pro after this season, but hot damn he earned it.

Ryan Olenek and Andy Pagnozzi got snubbed on the All-Freshman team.

Playing as a true freshman is never easy, especially in the SEC. But, Olenek has been a critical piece on this team, hitting .267, driving in 27 runs and slapping two dingers. Despite being recruited as an infielder, Ryan was called upon to hold down right field, and boy did he.

Plus he has some sick dance moves.

Pagnozzi turned down the hometown Razorbacks to come all the way to Oxford, where he ended up becoming a critical long-reliver. He leads the team with eight wins, five of which came in conference play. Andy struck out 37 batters in 47 innings, had one save, held opponents to a .222 average and only walked seven batters. In his 19 appearances, he maintained a respectable 3.26 ERA. I've always said his demeanor on the mound reminds me of former Rebel Bobby Wahl and I think he could develop into a weekend guy that Ole Miss trots out on Friday nights.

Here's the full list of awards

Player of the Year: Boomer White, Texas A&M

Pitcher of the Year: Logan Shore, Florida

Freshman of the Year: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State

Coach of the Year: John Cohen, Mississippi State

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Derek Lance, Tennessee

First Team All-SEC

  • C: Henri Lartigue, Ole Miss
  • 1B: Nathaniel Lowe, Mississippi State
  • 2B: Ryne Birk, Texas A&M
  • 3B: Boomer White, Texas A&M
  • SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU
  • OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
  • OF: J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss
  • OF: Gene Cone, South Carolina
  • *DH/UT: Jack Kruger, Mississippi State
  • *DH/UT: Bryce Jordan, LSU
  • SP: Logan Shore, Florida
  • SP: Dakota Hudson, Mississippi State
  • RP: Shaun Anderson, Florida

Second Team All-SEC Team

  • C: Mike Rivera, Florida
  • 1B: Peter Alonso, Florida
  • 1B: Evan White, Kentucky
  • 2B: Tate Blackman, Ole Miss
  • 3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee
  • SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
  • OF: Anfernee Grier, Auburn
  • OF: Bryan Reynolds, Vanderbilt
  • OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
  • DH/UT: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State
  • SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt
  • SP: Clarke Schmidt, South Carolina
  • RP: Mark Ecker, Texas A&M

Freshman All-SEC Team

  • C: Chris Cullen, South Carolina
  • C: Michael Curry, Georgia
  • 1B: LT Tolbert, South Carolina
  • 2B: Deacon Liput, Florida
  • 3B: Jonathan India, Florida
  • SS: Connor Kaiser, Vanderbilt
  • OF: Jake Mangum, Mississippi State
  • OF: Antoine Duplantis, LSU
  • OF: Chandler Taylor, Alabama
  • DH/UT: Ethan Paul, Vanderbilt
  • SP: Braden Webb, South Carolina
  • SP: Adam Hill, South Carolina
  • RP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky

SEC All-Defensive Team

  • C: Mike Rivera, Florida
  • 1B: Evan White, Kentucky
  • 2B: Cole Freeman, LSU
  • 2B: Ryne Birk, Texas A&M
  • 3B: Nick Senzel, Tennessee
  • SS: Dalton Guthrie, Florida
  • OF: Buddy Reed, Florida
  • OF: Anfernee Grier, Auburn
  • OF: J.B. Woodman, Ole Miss
  • P: Jordan Sheffield, Vanderbilt
  • P: Kyle Simonds, Texas A&M
  • P: Dustin Beggs, Kentucky