Auburn pitcher Kaylee Carlson and outfielder Alyssa Rivera were selected to the Preseason All-SEC Team, the league office announced on Wednesday morning.
Auburn is one of five teams with multiple players on the list. The All-SEC squad consists of 10 seniors, six juniors and Rivera, the lone sophomore.
Carlson, a senior, is coming off a huge 2017 season that included a program-record 27 wins and 1.36 ERA, the second-lowest in school history. Carlson earned All-SEC First Team and Defensive Team honors last season. Carlson had 21 complete games in 2017, good for fourth in school history and was part of eight shutouts, including six solo efforts.
"I couldn't be prouder for Kaylee, being a senior and putting herself in that position," Auburn head coach Mickey Dean said. "She's earned it and I think she's excited about her senior year."
Rivera, a sophomore, was named to both the All-SEC Second Team and All-SEC Freshman Team after an impressive freshman campaign that included a team-leading .371 batting average with 28 RBI.
The outfielder was the only freshman in the SEC to record at least 20 hits in league play and held a .396 OBP in SEC games.
"Alyssa worked hard in the offseason playing for the junior national team, getting that experience and exposure," Dean said. "I think it's going to be a big year for her."
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The preseason All-SEC Softball Team is voted on by the league's head coaches and consist of a minimum of 14 players. Each SEC head coach voted for five infielders, four outfielders, three pitchers, one catcher and one designated player/utility.
Full list of the 2018 All-SEC Preseason Team
- Nicole DeWitt, Florida - IF - Sr. - 5-7 - Garden Grove, Calif.
- Kayli Kvistad, Florida - IF - Sr. - 5-8 - Lake City, Fla.
- Alyssa DiCarlo, Georgia - IF - Jr. - 5-9 - Glendale, Ariz.
- Katie Reed, Kentucky - IF - Jr. - 5-6 - St. Louis, Mo.
- Megan Gregg, Tennessee - IF - Sr. - 5-10 - Williamson, Ga.
- Tori Vidales, Texas A&M - IF - Sr. - 5-8 - La Porte, Texas
- Alyssa Rivera, Auburn - OF - So. - 5-9 - Eagle Lake, Fla.
- Amanda Lorenz, Florida - OF - Jr. - 5-5 - Moorpark, Calif.
- Cortni Emanuel, Georgia - OF - Sr. - 5-4 - Missouri City, Texas
- Kylan Becker, Ole Miss - OF - Jr. - 5-9 - Miami, Fla.
- Elantra Cox, Ole Miss - OF - Sr. - 5-4 - Henderson, Tenn.
- Regan Nash, Missouri - OF - Jr. - 5-7 - Camden Point, Mo.
- Alexis Osorio, Alabama - P - Sr. - 5-8 - Riverside, Calif.
- Kaylee Carlson, Auburn - P - Sr. - 5-10 - Garden Grove, Calif.
- Kelly Barnhill, Florida - P - Jr. - 5-7 - Marietta, Ga.
- Ashley Walters, Texas A&M - C - Sr. - 5-8 - Center Point, Texas
- Aleshia Ocasio, Florida - DP/UT - Sr. - 5-9 - St. Cloud, Fla.
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