Four Bulldogs Earn SEC Honors
Junior Curt Powell earned All-SEC Second Team honors in 2012.

May 29, 2012

ATHENS----Alex Wood, Curt Powell, Hunter Cole and Kevin Ruiz were honored by the Southeastern Conference Tuesday as the league announced its All-SEC and Community Service teams for baseball.

Wood and Powell were named to the All-SEC Second Team; Cole made the All-Freshman SEC team while Ruiz landed a spot on the SEC Community Service squad. The SEC Coaches vote on the teams, and they can not vote for their own players.

Wood ranked among the league’s best pitchers, posting a 7-3 record and 2.73 Earned Run Average (ERA) in 15 starts. He struck out 100 with only 21 walks in 102.1 innings pitched. Wood’s 2.73 ERA was the best by a Georgia starter since 1989 (Dave Fleming, 2.08). Powell started 55 games at third base and led the club with a .355 batting average, 45 runs scored and a .434 on base percentage. He fielded .938 in 160 total chances and was 12-for-16 in stolen base attempts. Cole, who made 50 starts, had a team-best seven home runs while batting .276 with 23 RBI. He registered seven assists in the outfield too. In SEC action, Wood went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 starts and picked off seven base runners. Powell batted .345-2-10 while Cole hit .278-3-8.

The SEC sponsors community service teams for all 20 league sports, and these individuals are highlighted for their superior service efforts. Ruiz, an outfielder, was an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) that organized and participated in various projects including Home Runs for Hometown Rivals, a baseball game fundraiser for Athens-Clarke County Special Olympics; participated in clothing/shoe/can food drives; and visited elementary schools. Ruiz, a member of the UGA Honor’s Program and regular on the SEC and UGA Academic Honor Rolls, earned a degree in finance earlier this month. He has accepted a position with Aon Company in Atlanta.



“Alex had an outstanding season and Curt did too, they were our most consistent guys all year on the mound and at the plate, and I’m excited that they made All-SEC,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Hunter’s  first season was something he definitely can build on, and we’re looking forward to that. Kevin was a steady contributor throughout his career in the outfield, at first base, on the mound, and he served as an example of how to be a successful student-athlete. He was a fine representative of the Bulldog baseball program on and off the field.”

The SEC Coach of the Year is Gary Henderson (Kentucky), the Player of the Year is Raph Rymes (LSU), Pitcher of the Year is Chris Stratton (Miss. State), the Freshman of the Year is Austin Cousino (Kentucky) and Scholar-Athlete of the Year is Michael Roth (South Carolina).

Wood and Powell are Georgia’s first All-SEC selections since 2009. Georgia posted a final record of 31-26 (14-15 SEC) in 2012. Up next, the Bulldogs turn their attention to Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft (June 4-6). Wood is projected to be a first day selection along with a couple members of Georgia’s recruiting class.          

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