Four Aggies Earn SEC Postseason Honors

Posted at 10:54 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 23:54:46-04

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies had four players earn spots on Southeastern Conference postseason awards teams, selected by the league’s coaches, the SEC announced on Monday.

Second baseman Ryne Birk and third baseman Boomer White were selected to the All-SEC First Team. Relief pitcher Mark Ecker was named to the All-SEC Second Team. Birk and pitcher Kyle Simonds were recognized on the SEC All-Defensive Team.

Birk is batting .321 with 41 runs, 11 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 39 RBI and eight stolen bases. He notched six doubles, six home runs and 23 RBI in league play. In the field, Birk owns a .990 fielding percentage with two errors in 202 chances.

White, also honored as the SEC Player of the Year, is batting .411 on the year with 41 runs, 17 doubles, four home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases. His .411 overall batting average ranks second in the SEC. He paced the league with a .486 on-base percentage and his 17 doubles ranked fourth. In league action, White led the SEC in batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.524) and slugging percentage (.648).

Ecker has been a dominant presence on the mound. He has a 4-1 record, four saves and a 0.25 ERA on the season. He is holding opponents to a .154 on-base percentage on the year and has 43 strikeouts in 36.2 innings with just three walks. In conference play, Ecker is 3-1 with three saves, 34 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA.  He held SEC batters to a .120 average with 11 hits and two walks over 29.0 innings.

Simonds is 8-3 on the season with a 2.92 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 80.0 innings of work. In the field, he was errorless with 20 chances. He drew national attention in his complete-game no-hitter against then-No. 5 Vanderbilt, when he made two Gold Glove-worthy plays in the ninth inning to seal the deal. In league play, opponents managed just one stolen base in five attempts.

The Aggies return to action Wednesday when they play either Vanderbilt or Missouri in a 9:30 am contest at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.