Kentucky’s sophomore stud shortstop Katie Reed was named to the 2017 All-Southeastern Conference First Team as part of three award-winning players for the Wildcats by the league office on Wednesday morning. Reed joins Bailey Vick and Alex Martens, who were named to the All-Freshman Team for the 2017 season. Vick was also named to the All-Defensive Team.

The first team honor for Reed is the first of her young career, but the second time that the St. Louis, Missouri native has made the All-SEC postseason list, piggybacking off of her All-Freshman season in 2016. Reed leads Kentucky’s offense with a .354 average on the season and has three home runs and 21 RBI on the season. Reed played all 51 games for Kentucky this season at shortstop and committed just six errors at that spot all season, making some amazing game-saving plays and inning-defining stops in the hole at short.

Reed becomes the eighth player all-time at Kentucky to be named to the All-SEC First Team.

Bailey Vick
UK softball head shots. 2016-17.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Bailey Vick, a Paducah, Kentucky native hit .343 in the regular season, slapping her way onto the All-SEC award docket for the first time of her career. Vick was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week two times this season in back-to-back weeks in the final week of April and the first week of May. The left fielder was also named to the All-Defensive team, as she currently sports a 1.000 fielding percentage in left field in her 24 attempts to make plays on the ball in left field.
Alex Martens
UK softball head shots. 2016-17.
Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Alex Martens also joins the postseason award list in 2017, as the freshman from McHenry, Illinois earned All-Freshman Team honors, making Kentucky one of just one of two teams with two players on the All-Freshman Team. Martens is currently hitting at a .282 clip with 10 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI. Martens started all 51 games this season for the Wildcats at second base, and is one of the best two-out hitters for Kentucky in RBI situations.

Kentucky opens the 2017 SEC Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET against 10th-seeded South Carolina from Lee Stadium in Knoxville. The game will be shown live on the SEC Network with Beth Mowins (pxp), Michele Smith (color) and Holly Rowe (dugout) on the call.

First Team All-SEC
P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
P – Kelly Barnhill, Florida
P – Delanie Gourley, Florida
IF – Nicole DeWitt, Florida
IF – Kayli Kvistad, Florida
IF – Katie Reed, Kentucky
IF – Caroline Seitz, Mississippi State
IF – Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
OF – Amanda Lorenz, Florida
OF – Cortni Emanuel, Georgia
OF – Bailey Landry, LSU
OF – Kylan Becker, Ole Miss
C – Carlee Wallace, Auburn
DP/U – Aleshia Ocasio, Florida

Second Team All-SEC
P – Alexis Osorio, Alabama
P – Allie Walljasper, LSU
P – Kaitlin Lee, Ole Miss
P – Matty Moss, Tennessee
IF – A.J. Belans, Arkansas
IF – Kasey Cooper, Auburn
IF – Alyssa DiCarlo, Georgia
IF – Kristen Cuyos, Texas A&M
IF – Riley Sartain, Texas A&M
OF – Alyssa Rivera, Auburn
OF – Justine McLean, Florida
OF – Sydni Emanuel, Georgia
OF – Regan Nash, Missouri
C – Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
DP/U – Brooke Vines, Tennessee

Freshman All-SEC
P – Autumn Storms. Arkansas
P – Morgan Bruce, Ole Miss
P – Caylan Arnold, Tennessee
IF – Sophia Reynoso, Florida
IF – Alex Martens, Kentucky
IF – Braxton Burnside, Missouri
IF – Mackenzie Boesel, South Carolina
IF – Chelsea Seggern, Tennessee
OF – Elissa Brown, Alabama
OF – Alyssa Rivera, Auburn
OF – Bailey Vick, Kentucky
OF – Sarah Hudek, Texas A&M
DP/U – Bailey Hemphill, Alabama

SEC All-Defensive
P – Kaylee Carlson, Auburn
C – Carlee Wallace, Auburn
1B – Kaylea Snaer, South Carolina
2B – Nicole DeWitt, Florida
SS – Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
3B – Kasey Cooper, Auburn
LF – Bailey Vick, Kentucky
CF – Amanda Ivy, Mississippi State
RF – Sydni Emanuel, Georgia

Player of the Year: Meghan Gregg, Tennessee
Pitcher of the Year: Kelly Barnhill, Florida
Freshman of the Year: Caylan Arnold, Tennessee
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Kasey Cooper, Auburn
Coach of the Year: Tim Walton, Florida

For the latest on the Kentucky softball team, follow @UKSoftball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as on the web at UKathletics.com.

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For more information contact:
Chris Shoals (cmsh223@uky.edu, 513-312-2489)
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Chris Shoals
UK Media Relations
Softball / Women’s Socce

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