LSU's Bell named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year

Bianka Bell (Source: LSU Reveille)
Bianka Bell (Source: LSU Reveille)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WAFB) - The Southeastern Conference announced its annual softball awards to cap the 2013 season and kick off the SEC Softball Tournament.

LSU's Bianka Bell and University of Georgia's Geri Ann Glasco shared SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

"Bianka is extremely deserving of being the SEC's Co-Freshman of the Year," Torina said. "She will go down in the history of LSU as one of the most special hitters that we've had. She's been a cornerstone of our offense all season. I'm so proud of her, and I'm so thankful the SEC coaches gave her this honor."

Bell led the Tigers with a team high 12 home runs and 47 RBI's. She was a two-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree, batted .356 with five HRs and 18 RBI's in SEC play and has been involved in 34 percent of LSU's runs scored in SEC play.

LSU outfielder A.J. Andrews was named to the SEC's first team.

"It's nice that the rest of the SEC coaches respect and see how valuable A.J. is to our team as much as we do," head coach Beth Torina said. "She really jumpstarts our offense and has been a huge spark plug for us at the top of the lineup. She also makes spectacular defensive plays in the outfield. On top of it, A.J. is a hard worker and always is trying to make herself a better player. She has huge expectations and goals for herself."

Pitcher Rachele Fico, outfielder Jacee Blades and Bell made the second team list.

"Rachele is not only a special pitcher but a great teammate," Torina said. "We support her so much and are so proud to have her recognized. I know for her, the season starts right now with postseason play, this is how she plays. She did a great job for us all season going against the SEC's best of the best."

"Jacee is so much fun and a pleasure to be around on a daily basis," Torina said. "I don't know where we would be without her and A.J. at the top of the lineup. It's really nice for Jacee to be recognized after she's worked so hard all season long to earn her spot in the lineup after not being an opening day starter. I'm proud to watch her every day, and she makes some great defensive plays out there as well."

Catcher Kellsi Kloss joined Bell on the All-SEC Freshman team.

"Kellsi is another player that's really earned her way into lineup and has now found herself in the middle of our lineup because she's done so well," Torina said. "She's a pleasure to coach and her hard work has enabled her to earn a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team."

LSU starts SEC Tournament play Friday against Georgia. The game will be televised on ESPNU with the first pitch scheduled for 12:30pm.

2013 SEC Softball Awards

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
Bianka Bell, LSU; Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jenna Marston, Missouri

First Team All-SEC
P - Chelsea Thomas, Missouri
P - Hannah Rogers, Florida
IF - Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
IF - Raven Chavanne, Tennessee
IF - Madison Shipman, Tennessee
IF - Paige Wilson, Georgia
OF - Kayla Braud, Alabama
OF - Kat Dotson, Tennessee
OF - Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia
OF - A.J. Andrews, LSU
C - Jenna Marston, Missouri
DP/U - Lauren Haeger, Florida

Second Team All-SEC
P - Rachele Fico, LSU
P - Kimmy Beasley, Arkansas
IF - Samie Garcia, South Carolina
IF - Kelsey Stewart, Florida
IF - Bianka Bell, LSU
IF - Kaila Hunt, Alabama
OF - Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF - Kelsey Horton, Florida
OF - Branndi Melero, Auburn
OF - Jacee Blades, LSU
C - Griffin Joiner, Kentucky
DP/U - Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M

Freshman All-SEC
P - Kelsey Nunley, Kentucky
P - Chelsea Wilkinson, Georgia
IF - Kelsey Stewart, Florida
IF - Bianka Bell, LSU
IF - Geri Ann Glasco, Georgia
IF - Emily Carosone, Auburn
OF - Haylie McCleney, Alabama
OF - Kaylee Puailoa, Georgia
OF - Kristi Merritt, Florida
OF - Andrea Hawkins, Alabama; Tiffany Howard, Auburn
C - Kellsi Kloss, LSU
DP/U - Cali Lanphear, Texas A&M

SEC All-Defensive
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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