Fayetteville, Ark.– As the 2012 SEC Tournament kicked off SEBaseball.com named three Arkansas Razorbacks to their All-SEC team. Included on the list of 19 position players, 10 starting pitchers, and five relief pitchers were junior starting pitchers D.J. Baxendale and Ryne Stanek along with third baseman Matt Reynolds.
Matt Reynolds finished the regular season hitting .347 for Arkansas with 18 doubles, 7 homers, and 41 RBI, all team highs. Reynolds also led the Hogs in walks (37) and total bases (107).
Reynolds, a junior from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was able to overcome injuries he battled through during his freshman and sophomore seasons finally allowing him to show his talent at the plate and in the field.
At the end of the regular season Reynolds’ .347 batting average was ninth best in the SEC.
D.J. Baxendale (Sylvan Hills) started the season off as Arkansas’ Friday starter, comparable to being a MLB staff ace. After three SEC series starts, Baxendale moved to the Sunday spot allowing Ryne Stanek the first shot at opposing SEC teams.
Due to a back injury and a line drive off Stanek’s shoulder, Arkansas skipper Dave Van Horn moved Baxendale back to series starter to face Auburn and Tennessee in the Hogs’ final two series of the season.
Baxendale ranked in the top of starting SEC pitchers in innings pitched (No. 10, 80.1), batters struck out (No. 7, 74), and wins (7). Baxendale led the SEC in games started with 15.
Ryne Stanek, a product of Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kansas, proved to be a SEC ace throughout the season. Stanek finished the 2012 college baseball season with a 6-4 record, 3.09 ERA, and struck out 72 batters.
During the regular season Stanek only gave up one home run, allowing his second homer of the year during the SEC Tournament.
Curiously missing from the All-SEC team was Arkansas closer/spot starter Barret Astin.
Astin had the difficult role of not only closer for the Hogs but also turned into a mid-season starter for Arkansas; taking the mound as a starter in three different games.
Astin’s 3-5 record may not overwhelm but his 9 saves was fourth best in the SEC (leader had 12), he appeared in 27 games (leader appeared in 30), and finished the third most SEC games 20 (leader had 27).
Sporting a 2.31 ERA as a starter or as a closer is impressive, so impressive that it ranks third best in the SEC. Yet the sophomore from Forrest City, Arkansas was overlooked for his accomplishments on a team that ranked third overall in ERA (3.00) during the 2012 college baseball season.
Freshman outfielder Brian Anderson was recognized on the Freshman All-SEC Team.
Anderson, from Deer Creek High School in Edmund, Oklahoma, appeared in 37 games for the Hogs starting in 23 of those contests.
Anderson caught fire for the Hogs at the plate towards the end of the season finishing the year with a .307 average, fifth best on the team while hitting .346 in conference action.
Arkansas finished the season with an overall record of 39-19 and 16-14 in the SEC.
2012 All-SEC Team
Christian Walker, SC
Matt Snyder, OM
Alex Yarbrough, OM
Creede Simpson, AU
Anthony Gomez, VU
Adam Frazier, MSU
LB Dantzler, SC
Matt Reynolds, ARK
Mike Zunino, UF
Luke Maile, UK
Raph Rhymes, LSU
Preston Tucker, UF
Austin Cousino, UK
Ryan Tella, AU
Mason Katz, LSU
Taylor Dugas, ALA
Brian Johnson. UF
Drew Steckenrider, UT
Austin Nola, LSU
Chris Stratton, MSU
Kevin Gausman, LSU
Bobby Wahl, OM
DJ Baxendale, ARK
Sam Selman, VU
Alex Wood, GA
Michael Roth, USC
Hudson Randall, UF
Corey Littrell, UK
Ryne Stanek, ARK
Austin Maddox, UF
Chris Cotton, LSU
Nick Goody, LSU
Trevor Gott, UK
Matt Price, USC
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