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Maddox Ready to Rebound

Last year presented challenges for Austin Maddox. At the plate, he was adjusting to pitchers attacking his weak spots after he was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2010. Maddox was also adjusting to pitching at the collegiate level. He didn't have much trouble on the mound, as he worked his way up to the closer's role. Maddox knows he has to improve at the plate during his junior season.

It wasn't pretty at the plate. As a freshman, Maddox won SEC Freshman of the Year when he hit .333 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI. Last season, Maddox hit .280 with six home runs and 35 RBIs in just one fewer game played. He went for 33 extra-base hits as a freshman to just nine as a sophomore. There are plenty of factors that could've played into the statistical decline. Pitchers in the SEC didn... Recommended Stories

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