Thursday morning, the SEC announced its 2019 All-SEC preseason team, and it included Auburn's very own Makayla Martin.
The 12th annual preseason All-SEC team included eight seniors, three juniors, and three sophomores, stretching out to many different SEC teams with Alabama, Florida, and LSU having the most representatives with two. Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee all followed behind with one representative.
The preseason All-SEC Team is decided by votes from the leagues coaches and can have no more then 14 players. Each coach has to make vote a certain amount of players for each set of positions, they vote for five infielders, four outfielders, three pitchers, one catcher and one designated player. The list is then narrowed down to which players have the most votes. There were no ties this year.
This honor comes as Martin is entering her senior season after pitching a 15-7 record with a 1.36 ERA last year. That mark was good enough for the second-lowest ERA in school history. Martin also held a 1.21 ERA in conference play, which was good enough to finish second among SEC pitchers.
As a junior, the California native started 24 games with four shutouts in 134 innings. Martin only allowed 33 walks in 529 batters that came her way, with a .202 batting average against her.
She finished last season only allowing three home runs.
Martin stands well against past Auburn pitchers as she is already ranked in six different Auburn records that include ERA, wins, games started, shutouts, walks allowed and opponent batting average.
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Auburn opens its 2019 season Feb. 8 in Gulf Shores against Tennessee State.
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