For the first time in school history, Ole Miss has landed three players on the All-SEC postseason awards list, as sophomore Kylan Becker, junior Kaitlin Lee, and freshman Morgan Bruce earned All-SEC accolades.
Becker, the Rebels’ starting right fielder, becomes the first All-SEC First Team selection in school history. Lee, the SEC leader in innings pitched, earned All-SEC Second Team honors, while Bruce landed on the All-Freshman team.
Becker, the team’s leading hitter in SEC play by a wide margin (.338), finished the regular season seventh in hits in league action (25). She produced five multi-hit games, and recorded at least one hit in two thirds of the Rebels’ conference contests.
The Miami, Florida native stole five bases in SEC competition, and 16 overall, helping create havoc for opposing defenses with her speed out of the box and on the bases. She also impressed defensively, throwing out nine runners from right field, best on the team and one of the top marks in the league.
Lee, a JUCO transfer, stepped right into the rotation and made a huge difference in 54 regular season games, going 16-10 in 192 innings, the most innings pitched of any player in the league. She ranks third in school single-season history in wins, and finished the regular season with her 19th complete game in 29 starts, seventh most of any player in a season.
In all but seven of her starts (22-of-29), Lee allowed two earned runs or less, and finished the regular season with a sub 2.00 ERA at 1.93. The Gulfport, Mississippi native led Ole Miss to six wins in SEC action, including three shutouts, and worked 11 complete games in 14 starts with a 2.02 ERA in her debut season.
Bruce, in her first collegiate campaign, helped carry the load behind Lee, totaling 12 starts in the regular season with an 8-5 overall record and 2.85 ERA. She also tallied three shutouts in 73.2 innings, and impressed in her first few weeks of the season now allowing a single earned run through her first five starts.
The Roanoke, Virginia native finished her debut regular season with just two earned runs or less allowed in seven of the 12 starts, and was second on the team in appearances (21) and innings (73.2) helping the Rebels to 36 regular season victories.
Becker becomes Ole Miss’ first All-SEC First Team selection in school history, as five players earned second team honors a total of nine times previously. It also marks the first time in program history with three Rebels on the SEC postseason awards, as Bruce becomes the third-straight All-Freshman SEC selection, and 10th in school history.
The Rebels open up play in the 2017 SEC Tournament Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET at Sherri Lee Parker Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee against rival Mississippi State. The game will be aired live on SEC Network with Adam Amin (pxp), Amanda Scarborough (analyst) and Laure Rutledge (sideline) on the call.
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