Carolina’s Noah Campbell named to preseason All-SEC Second Team

COLUMBIA – Carolina’s Noah Campbell was named to the Preseason All-SEC second team while the University of South Carolina was picked to finish fifth in the East Division in the SEC Preseason poll, the conference office announced Thursday afternoon.

Campbell, who also was named to the Baseball America Preseason All-America third team, hit .239 with 32 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 19 RBI last season for the Gamecocks. He had eight stolen bases and a .378 on-base percentage while recording 11 multi-hit contests. Campbell was named a Cape Cod All-Star for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2019 as he hit .324 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 34 games.

The Gamecocks earned 48 points in the preseason poll, good for fifth in the division, just two points behind Tennessee. Vanderbilt was picked to win the East, picking up nine first-place votes and 87 points. Florida, Georgia and Tennessee followed the Commodores while South Carolina was followed by Missouri and Kentucky. In the West, Arkansas was picked to win that division with five first-place votes and 82 points. The Razorbacks were followed by Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU (both tied for third place), Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Alabama.

Vanderbilt was picked to be the SEC champion, earning eight votes. Florida earned two votes while Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Mississippi State each earned one vote.

South Carolina opens the 2020 season next Friday (Feb. 14) against Holy Cross. First pitch at Founders Park is scheduled for 4 p.m.

2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll

Eastern Division
1. Vanderbilt (9) – 87
2. Florida (3) – 77
3. Georgia (2) – 76
4. Tennessee – 50
5. South Carolina – 48
6. Missouri – 32
7. Kentucky – 22

Western Division
1. Arkansas (5) – 82
2. Mississippi State (4) – 73
T3. Auburn (2) – 67
T3. LSU (3) – 67
5. Texas A&M – 44
6. Ole Miss – 38
7. Alabama – 21

() – First place votes

SEC Champion: Vanderbilt (8), Florida (2), Arkansas (1), Auburn (1), Georgia (1), Mississippi State (1)

2020 SEC Baseball Coaches Preseason All-SEC Team

First Team
C: Casey Opitz, Arkansas
1B: Cade Beloso, LSU*
1B: T.J. Collett, Kentucky*
2B: Justin Foscue, Mississippi State
3B: Austin Martin, Vanderbilt
SS: Casey Martin, Arkansas
OF: Daniel Cabrera, LSU
OF: Alerick Soularie, Tennessee
OF: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas
DH/UTL: Matt Goodheart, Arkansas
SP: Emerson Hancock, Georgia
SP: Asa Lacy, Texas A&M
RP: Tyler Brown, Vanderbilt

Second Team
C: Ty Duvall, Vanderbilt
1B: Josh Hatcher, Mississippi State*
1B: Rankin Woley, Auburn*
2B: Noah Campbell, South Carolina*
2B: Harrison Ray, Vanderbilt*
2B: Riley King, Georgia*
3B: Tyler Keenan, Ole Miss
SS: Jordan Westburg, Mississippi State
OF: Jud Fabian, Florida
OF: Tyler Gentry, Alabama
OF: Rowdey Jordan, Mississippi State*
OF: Zach DeLoach, Texas A&M*
DH/UTL: Tanner Allen, Mississippi State
SP: Kumar Rocker, Vanderbilt
SP: Tanner Burns, Auburn
RP: Cody Greenhill, Auburn

*Tie (ties are not broken)

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