Southland announces preseason all-conference baseball teams

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Southeastern Louisiana placed four players on the preseason all-conference first-team

FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s 2015 Player of the Year junior outfielder Jacob Seward is among the 17 returning all-conference players who are on the 2016 preseason all-conference teams, which the league office announced Wednesday.

The Lions lead all schools with six all-conference selections including four student-athletes on the first team along with two second-team selections. Seward led Southeastern in batting average (.350), on base percentage (.442), hits (76) and stolen bases (19). Joining Seward on the first team is a group of seniors with catcher Chris Eades, designated hitter Daniel Midyett and pitcher Kyle Cedotal.  Eades scored 32 runs off of 43 this while walking 21 times last season. Midyett hit for .306 in 216 at bats with 66 hits, 42 runs and leading the Lions with 46 RBI. Cedotal is the Lions’ top returning arm completing the 2015 season 9-2 with a 2.08 era while throwing 95 strikeouts in 99.2 innings.

Junior catcher Jameson Fisher was named to the second team after sitting out the 2015 season.  Fisher is expected to play behind the plate as well as the infield leading into the season. During his 2014 sophomore season, Fisher posted a .389 batting average while starting all 63 games. He drove in 53 runs off of 93 this and 30 walks. Fellow junior Ryan Byers joins Fisher on the season team as an outfielder. Byers earned 44 RBI with 53 hits and 36 runs in 183 at bats.

McNeese State and Northwestern State each had three student-athletes claim spots on the preseason all-conference teams. The Cowboys return Freshman of the Year second baseman Joe Provenzano. The sophomore first-team selection batted .310 in 171 at bats while driving in 20 runs off of 53 hits and 26 walks. Senior first baseman Conner Crane also returns for McNeese joining Provenzano on the first team starting all 57 games last season with 235 at bats. Crane led the team with eight homeruns while tallying 14 doubles, 64 hits and 104 total bases. Junior pitcher Collin Kober landed a spot on the second team for the Cowboys after leading the team with a 1.03 era in 27 appearances while posting a 6-1 record. Kober gave up just six earned runs in 52.2 innings pitched and held batters to a .192 average.

The Demons’ Hitter of the Year senior Cort Brinson returns as a first-team selection in the outfield. Brinson led the team in batting average (.350), at bats, (220), hits (77), homeruns (9), RBI (42) and total basses (114). Junior pitcher Adam Oller joins Brinson on the first team. Oller completed last season with a 2.58 ERA and a 6-4 record through 108.1 innings pitched. Northwestern State’s sophomore second baseman David Fry earned a spot on the second team after claiming all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2015 season. Fry scored 25 runs off of 51 hits including 11 doubles with 30 RBI for the Demons.

Nicholls top returns hold two spots on the first team with Newcomer of the Year senior third baseman Kyle Reese and junior Pitcher of the Year Justin Sinibaldi. Reese led the league with a .377 batting average in 207 at bats. He drove in 32 runs off of 78 hits while scoring 34 runs for the Colonels. Sinibaldi returns as the conference’s top pitcher with a 1.40 ERA and a 10-1 record in 77.1 innings pitched. He gave up 17 earned runs and kept all hits in the park, not allowing a homerun from any batters faced.

Lamar senior shortstop Stijn van der Meer was named to the first team after leading the Cardinals in batting average (.351), at bats (222), runs (40), hits (78) and total bases (98).  Lamar placed senior third baseman Jake Nash on the second team after posting a .324 batting average in 182 at bats. Nash drove in 19 runs off of 59 hits while grabbing 22 runs.

Central Arkansas also placed one student-athlete on the first team and one on the second team. Senior outfielder Tyler Langley earned a spot on the first team and led the Bears in total based (94), slugging percentage (.463) and stolen bases (10) while posting a .305 batting average in 203 at bats. UCA’s second-team selection senior pitcher Connor Gilmore posted an 8-3 record with a 2.42 ERA in 108 innings pitched while striking out 59 batters.

Sam Houston State’s senior first baseman Spence Rahm and sophomore outfielder Bryce Johnson each earned a spot on the second team. Rahm started all 59 games for the Bearkats with 34 runs scored, 69 hits including 13 doubles and 100 total bases. Johnson batted .310 in 187 at bats with 58 hits and 33 runs scored.

Houston Baptist also claimed two spots on the second team with senior shortstop Louie Payetta and senior pitcher Matthew McCollough. Payetta was the only Huskie to start all 55 games last season. He posted a .306 batting average with 67 hits and 25 runs with 12 walks. McCollough led the Huskies with a 2.87 era and a 8-3 record in 106.2 innings pitched.

New Orleans’s top offensive returner senior outfielder Ryan Calloway earned second-team preseason all-conference honors for the Privateers. Calloway led his team in batting average (.335), hits (72), runs (33), total bases (79) and stolen babes (9).

Stephen F. Austin senior designated hitter Kyle Thornell was named to the second team after posting a .301 batting average in 166 at bats. Thornell led the Lumberjacks with a .525 slugging percentage while picking up 50 hits and 27 runs scored.

Returning players who earned first- and second-team all-conference honors following the 2015 season automatically receive preseason honors. Third-team postseason selections move into vacated positions on the first and second preseason teams. The remaining spots are voted on by the league’s head coaches.

2016 Preseason All-Southland Conference Baseball Teams

First Team
Pos. Name University Class Hometown
1B Conner Crane* McNeese State Sr. Parker, Colo.
2B Joe Provenzano* McNeese State So. Downers Grove, Ill.
3B Kyle Reese* Nicholls Sr. Mobile, Ala.
SS Stijn van der Meer* Lamar Sr. Rosmalen, Netherlands
C Chris Eades* Southeastern La. Sr. Slidell, La.
OF Cort Brinson* Northwestern State Sr. Hattiesburg, Miss.
OF Jacob Seward* Southeastern La. Jr. New Orleans, La.
OF Tyler Langley* Central Arkansas Sr. Conway, Ark.
DH Daniel Midyett* Southeastern La. Sr. Shreveport, La.
P Justin Sinibaldi* Nicholls Jr. Kenner, La.
P Kyle Cedotal* Southeastern La. Sr. Denham Springs, La.
P Adam Oller* Northwestern State Jr. Conroe, Texas
Second Team
Pos. Name University Class Hometown
1B Spence Rahm* Sam Houston State Sr. Tomball, Texas
2B David Fry* Northwestern State So. Colleyville, Texas
3B Jake Nash Lamar Sr. Palestine, Texas
SS Loui Payetta Houston Baptist Sr. Huntington Beach, Calif.
C Jameson Fisher Southeastern La. Jr. Zachary, La.
OF Ryan Byers* Southeastern La. Jr. Ponchatoula, La.
OF Ryan Calloway New Orleans Sr. Jacksonville, Fla.
OF Bryce Johnson Sam Houston State So. Cypress, Texas
DH Kyle Thornell* Stephen F. Austin Sr. Magnolia, Texas
P Collin Kober* McNeese State Jr. Lake Charles, La.
P Connor Gilmore Central Arkansas Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
P Matthew McCollough Houston Baptist Sr. Katy, Texas

*Returning all-conference selection

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