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Kentucky's Joiner, Nunley earn All-SEC honors

Griffin Joiner connected with the ball as UK softball played the University of Florida on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Photo by Mark Ashley
Griffin Joiner connected with the ball as UK softball played the University of Florida on Saturday, April 13, 2013. Photo by Mark Ashley Herald-Leader

Kentucky sophomore catcher Griffin Joiner and freshman pitcher Kelsey Nunley were honored by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday for their performances this season.

Joiner was one of 12 players named to the All-SEC Second Team and one of nine players chosen for the All-Defensive Team.

Nunley was one of 13 players named to the SEC's All-Freshman Team.

Joiner, a Hopkinsville native, is batting .327 this season with 10 home runs and 27 runs scored. She leads the team with 13 doubles and 41 RBI. Behind the plate, Joiner is fielding at a .986 clip and has caught 14 of 55 base runners stealing, including 10 of 28 in SEC play.

Nunley (24-7) is the first pitcher in UK history to win 20 games in a season. She leads the Wildcats with a 2.01 ERA and has pitched a team-high 2231⁄3 innings, with 170 strikeouts. The native of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., has 19 complete games and three shutouts.


Player of the Year: Lauren Gibson, Tennessee

Pitcher of the Year: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri

Coach of the Year: Tim Walton, Florida

Freshman of the Year (tie): Bianka Bell, LSU; Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Jenna Marston, Missouri


Pitchers: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri; Hannah Rogers, Florida

Infielders: Lauren Gibson, Tennessee; Raven Chavanne, Tennessee; Madison Shipman, Tennessee; Paige Wilson, Georgia

Outfielders: Kayla Braud, Alabama; Kat Dotson, Tennessee; Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia; A.J. Andrews, LSU

Catcher: Jenna Marston, Missouri

Designated player: Lauren Haeger, Florida


Pitchers: Rachele Fico, LSU; Kimmy Beasley, Arkansas

Infielders: Samie Garcia, South Carolina; Kelsey Stewart, Florida; Bianka Bell, LSU; Kaila Hunt, Alabama

Outfielders: Haylie McCleney, Alabama; Kelsey Horton, Florida; Branndi Melero, Auburn; Jacee Blades, LSU

Catcher: Griffin Joiner, Kentucky

Designated player: Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M


Pitchers: Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky; Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia

Infielders: Kelsey Stewart, Florida; Bianka Bell, LSU; Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia; Emily Carosone, Auburn

Outfielders: Haylie McCleney, Alabama; Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia; Kirsti Merritt, Florida; Andrea Hawkins, Alabama; Tiffany Howard, Auburn

Catcher: Kellsi Kloss, LSU

Designated player: Cali Lanphear, Texas A&M


P: Chelsea Thomas, Missouri; C: Griffin Joiner, Kentucky; 1B: Morgan Estell, Auburn; 2B: Lauren Gibson, Tennessee; SS: Madison Shipman, Tennessee; 3B: Raven Chavanne, Tennessee; LF: Kayla Braud, Alabama; CF: Haylie McCleney, Alabama

RF: Kat Dotson, Tennessee

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