LSU trio receives All-SEC baseball honors
Three LSU players received All-SEC baseball recognition in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.
Senior rightfielder Antoine Duplantis was named second-team All-SEC, junior outfielder Zach Watson was named to the SEC All-Defensive team for the second straight year, and right-handed pitcher Cole Henry was voted to the Freshman All-SEC squad.
Duplantis, a product of Lafayette, is hitting .318 (74-for-233) this season with six doubles, two triples, 11 homers, 58 RBI and 52 runs scored. He is No. 7 in the SEC in hits this season, and he is No. 6 in the league in RBI.
Duplantis has raised his LSU career hits total to 342, and he is No. 2 on the all-time LSU hits list. He needs 11 hits to become LSU’s all-time leader; former first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98) currently holds the LSU career hits record (352).
Duplantis is the SEC’s all-time leader in at-bats with 1,061 at-bats in his four-year career. The previous SEC career at-bats leader was outfielder Preston Tucker of Florida (1,035 at-bats, 2009-12).
The speedy Watson, who hails from Ruston, is regarded as one of the nation’s best centerfielders, and he has recorded a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this season in 121 chances.
Watson is batting .317 this season with 16 doubles, five homers, 31 RBI, 45 runs and 11 steals in 11 attempts.
Henry, a native of Florence, Ala., is 4-2 this season with a 3.26 ERA in 11 appearances (eight starts). He has worked 49.2 innings while recording 60 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .228 batting average.
Henry was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week after defeating Florida on April 19 with a superb effort, limiting the Gators to one run on four hits in 5.1 innings with no walks and a career-high 12 strikeouts. His strikeouts total was the most by an LSU pitcher in an SEC game since March 30, 2017, when Alex Lange recorded 12 Ks against Texas A&M.