Missouri baseball players Keaton Steele, Josh Lester earn All-SEC honors

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | 9:18 p.m. CDT

Missouri baseball players Keaton Steele and Josh Lester were named to the All-Southeastern Conference teams Tuesday. Steele was named to the All-SEC first team as a utility player, and Lester earned the first base position on the All-Freshman team.

Steele is the first Missouri player to land on an all-conference first team since Aaron Senne and Brett Nicholas earned spots on the All-Big 12 Conference first team in 2010.

Steele, a right-handed junior pitcher/infielder, had five wins and two saves on the mound and batted .276 with 24 RBIs and a team-high five home runs. He was the only player in a power conference to lead his team in wins, saves and home runs this season. He was also the first player in 16 years to be named SEC Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week in the same season.

In his first year at Missouri, Lester hit .260, drove in 25 runs, led the team with nine doubles and tied for the team-lead in extra-base hits with 11. He also tallied a pair of home runs. Lester played all four infield positions for Missouri, committing only four errors in 281 chances, good for a .986 fielding percentage, a team-best among Tigers infielders.

Vanderbilt second baseman Tony Kemp was named the SEC player of the year. LSU's Aaron Nola was pitcher of the year, and shortstop Alex Bregman was freshman of the year. Vanderbilt's Tim Corbin was coach of the year, and Mississippi State's Sam Frost was the scholar-athlete of the year.

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