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Andrew Benintendi Named SEC Player of the Year

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The Razorbacks claim the SEC's top award in baseball and basketball in the same year.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING | Andrew Benintendi is the 2015 SEC Player of the Year!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BennyBaseball?src=hash">#BennyBaseball</a>&#10;&#10;Details &gt; <a href="http://t.co/a4U1g1OFs2">http://t.co/a4U1g1OFs2</a> <a href="http://t.co/yHNot6FfYO">pic.twitter.com/yHNot6FfYO</a></p>&mdash; Razorback Baseball (@RazorbackBSB) <a href="https://twitter.com/RazorbackBSB/status/600375402863931392">May 18, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The SEC coaches named Andrew Benintendi the league's Player of the Year, the first Razorback to ever win the award.

Benintendi was simply phenomenal this season. UA has a great breakdown of his accomplishments:

The Cincinnati native flipped a switch on March 31 and began his journey to greatness, raising his batting average 106 points over the final 26 games and skyrocketing to the top of every national offensive statistic. He finished the regular season as the SEC leader in batting average (.415), home runs (17), on base percentage (.511) and total bases (145), and led the country with a .771 slugging percentage.

Benintendi finished five RBI’s short of becoming the second Triple Crown winner in SEC history and is on the verge of becoming the third player in league history to lead the conference in home runs and batting average. He is the first player in Arkansas’ storied program with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season and the only power five conference player to accomplish the feat this season.

Over the last 14 games, Benintendi has 11 multi-hit performances and has hit safely in 24 of the last 26 games, including riding a career-long 10-game hitting streak into the SEC Tournament. He has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games, including 41 of his last 59 plate appearances. The sophomore has not struck out over his last 11 games and 46 at bats.

Simply awesome. He's certainly worthy of joining Bobby Portis as an SEC Player of the Year this season.

Additionally, relief pitcher Zach Jackson was named All-SEC First Team along with Benintendi, starting pitcher Keaton McKinney was named to the Freshmen All-SEC Team, and 3B Bobby Wernes was named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.