Georgia’s Ben Anderson, Charlie Condon and Fernando Gonzalez earned Southeastern Conference baseball honors Monday as the league announced the annual awards and All-SEC teams as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Anderson, along with Alabama’s Andrew Pinckney, are the SEC Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Condon was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. LSU’s Dylan Crews was named SEC Player of the Year, LSU’s Paul Skenes is the SEC Pitcher of the Year. Arkansas’ Dave Van Horn was voted the SEC Coach of the Year.
Anderson, a native of LaGrange, Ga, holds a degree in biochemistry and is pursuing a master’s degree with a 3.79 grade point average in biomedical sciences. He plans to attend medical school after his playing career. Anderson is the first Georgia baseball player to earn an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, and he is the third to earn SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in consecutive seasons. Anderson has started 51 games and posted a .282 batting average with 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 28 RBI and a perfect fielding percentage. Pincnkey recently earned his degree in management information systems with a 3.52 grade point average. Pinckney is hitting .347 in his junior campaign with 15 home runs and 49 RBI. Anderson is the third Bulldog to be named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year since the league added this award in 2004. Anderson joins Gordon Beckham (2008) and Keegan McGovern (2018) as Bulldog recipients.
Condon, a narive of Marietta, Ga., is among the SEC leaders in batting (.393), hits (81) and RBI (67), and his 25 home runs this season is an SEC freshman record, breaking the previous mark of 22. Earlier this season, Condon had a 37-game on base streak and a 24-game hitting streak. He also leads the SEC in home runs in conference games this season (16). In Georgia history, Condon’s 25 home runs ranks second in a season behind Beckham who tallied 28 in leading Georgia to the 2008 College World Series Finals. Also, Condon was a second team All-SEC selection at first base plus was named to the Freshman All-SEC team. Condon is Georgia’s first SEC Freshman of the Year since the award was added by the league in 2000.
Gonzalez was named the catcher on the 11-man SEC All-Defensive Team. A junior native of Panama City, Panama, he has appeared in 43 games including 41 starts. He has a .994 fielding percentage with 293 putouts, 20 assists and two errors. The past seven games, he has served as a designated hitter due to an elbow injury. He is batting .232 with nine doubles, six home runs and 25 RBI.
Crews leads the SEC and is ranked seventh nationally with a .423 batting average. He has 14 home runs, 13 doubles and 57 RBI so far this season. He is the first to garner SEC Player of the Year honors in consecutive seasons. Skenes leads the SEC in wins (10), strikeouts (164) and earned run average (1.77). Van Horn led the Razorbacks to their fourth SEC regular season title and second in the last three seasons.
The 2023 SEC Baseball Tournament runs Tuesday through Sunday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Georgia opens the tournament against South Carolina Tuesday with first pitch slated for 10:30 a.m. ET.
2023 SEC Baseball Awards
Player of the Year: Dylan Crews, LSU
Pitcher of the Year: Paul Skenes, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Charlie Condon, Georgia
Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Ben Anderson, Georgia; Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Andrew Pinckney, Alabama
Coach of the Year: Dave Van Horn, Arkansas
First Team All-SEC
C: Cole Messina, South Carolina
1B: Jac Caglianone, Florida
2B: Cade Kurland, Florida
3B: Tommy White, LSU
SS: Josh Rivera, Florida
OF (3): Dylan Crews, LSU; Wyatt Langford, Florida; Ethan Petry, South Carolina
SP (2): Paul Skenes, LSU; Hagen Smith, Arkansas
RP: Brandon Neely, Florida
DH/UT: Hunter Hines, Mississippi State
Second Team All-SEC
C: Calvin Harris, Ole Miss
1B: Charlie Condon, Georgia
2B: Emilien Pitre, Kentucky
3B (2): Luke Mann, Missouri*; Bryson Ware, Auburn*
SS: Jacob Gonzalez, Ole Miss
OF (4): Kemp Alderman, Ole Miss; Enrique Bradfield Jr., Vanderbilt; Andrew Pinckney, Alabama*; Jared Dickey, Tennessee*
SP (2): Devin Futrell, Vanderbilt; Brandon Sproat, Florida
RP: Nick Maldonado, Vanderbilt
DH/UT: Kendall Diggs, Arkansas
Freshman All-SEC Team
Charlie Condon, Georgia; Ethan Petry, South Carolina; Ike Irish, Auburn; Cade Kurland, Florida; Colby Shelton, Alabama; Jared Jones, LSU; Jace LaViolette, Texas A&M; Alton Davis II, Alabama; Dakota Jordan, Mississippi State; Gage Wood, Arkansas; RJ Austin, Vanderbilt; Luke Heyman, Florida
SEC All-Defensive Team
C: Fernando Gonzalez, Georgia
1B (2): Drew Williamson, Alabama*; Hunter Gilliam, Kentucky*
2B: Emilien Pitre, Kentucky
3B: Davis Diaz, Vanderbilt
SS: Jim Jarvis, Alabama
OF (4): Enrique Bradfield, Jr., Vanderbilt; Dylan Crews, LSU; Tavian Josenberger, Arkansas*; Kason Howell, Auburn*
P: Hagen Smith, Arkansas
*Ties (Ties are not broken)