HOOVER, Ala. – LSU outfielder Dylan Crews was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Year Monday in a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches.

Crews, a sophomore from Longwood, Fla., shared the honor with Auburn first baseman Sonny DiChiara.

Crews becomes LSU’s first SEC Player of the Year since outfielder Raph Rhymes received the honor in 2012. Former LSU right-hander Aaron Nola was named SEC Pitcher of the Year in 2013 and in 2014.

Crews is hitting .345 (76-for-220) this season with eight doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 67 RBI and 63 runs scored.

His 21 homers represent the most by an LSU player since outfielder Ryan Schimpf hit 22 home runs in 2009.

Crews was named by USA Baseball earlier this season to the 2022 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, and he was voted last week to the 2022 SEC Baseball Community Service Team for his dedicated philanthropic work with special needs children.

He leads the SEC this season in homers (21) and runs scored (63), and he is No. 2 in the league in triples (4), No. 2 in total bases (155), No. 2 in RBI (67), No. 3 in hits (76) and No. 4 in slugging percentage (.705).

Crews was named SEC Co-Player of the Week on May 9 after he led LSU to a series victory at Alabama, batting a remarkable .636 (7-for-11) in the series with one double, three homers, seven RBI and five runs.

He was honored in 2021 as the Perfect Game National Freshman of the Year, hitting .362 last season (89-for-246) with 16 doubles, two triples, 18 homers, 42 RBI, 64 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

He was also voted 2021 Second-Team All-American and Second-Team All-SEC, and he was named to the NCAA Eugene Regional All-Tournament Team