LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky starter Sean Hjelle was named SEC Pitcher of the Year by the conference on Monday.
The 6-foot-11 right-hander is the first Kentucky pitcher to win the honor. Hjelle, a sophomore, went 9-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 14 starts as Kentucky’s Friday starter. His conference numbers were even better: 7-1 with a 1.90 ERA.
Hjelle allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his past seven starts.
He was named First-Team All-SEC along with sophomore outfielder Tristan Pompey and senior reliever Logan Salow.
Pompey led the SEC, hitting .410 in conference play. He also led the SEC in hits and finished in the top 3 in runs, on-base percentage and total bases, according to a release.
Salow’s 10 saves were the second-most in program history and SEC batters hit just .136 against him. He struck out 63 batters in 45 1/3 innings.
Kentucky placed three players on the Second-Team All-SEC: junior infielder Riley Mahan, junior catcher Troy Squires and junior first baseman Evan White. White was also voted to the All-Defensive team for the third time in his career.
The Wildcats finished the season with 19 SEC wins, the second-most in program history. Coach Nick Mingione was also honored Monday as SEC Coach of the Year.