FRISCO, Texas – Ten of 13 Southland Conference schools are represented on the league’s 2017 preseason All-Conference Baseball teams. The league announced the selections Monday. Voting was among the conference’s baseball coaches.
Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Lamar paced the way, with each school represented with five picks on the teams. Three players from New Orleans received pre-season honors.
The Bearkats are the defending regular season and tournament champions and the winners of four of the last five regular season crowns. Sam Houston is the pre-season favorite, according to a recent poll of conference head coaches and sports information directors. Southeastern Louisiana, the regular-season champions in 2015, is tabbed for a second-place finish and Lamar was voted to finish third.
Notables named to the teams include:
- Lamar senior outfielder Reid Russell, the conference’s hitter of the year in 2016
- Southeastern Louisiana’s Kade Granier, last season’s Southland Relief Pitcher of the Year
- Another Lion, outfielder Brennan Breaud returns after claiming the conference Freshman of the Year award
The ten schools represented: Lamar (5) Sam Houston State (5); Southeastern (5); New Orleans (3); Stephen F. Austin (2); Abilene Christian (1), Central Arkansas (1); McNeese (1); Nicholls (1); Northwestern State (1).
The two teams total 25 players, including a tie for the second team 3B slot between Lamar’s Robin Adames and Sam Houston State’s Andrew Fregia.
2017 Preseason All-Southland Baseball Teams
|1B||Trey Silvers||Lamar||Sr.||Manvel, Texas|
|2B||Carson Crites *||Southeastern Louisiana||Sr.||Amarillo, Texas|
|3B||Dakota Dean *||New Orleans||Sr.||Crestview, Fla.|
|SS||Aaron Palmer *||New Orleans||Sr.||Jesup, Ga.|
|OF||Reid Russell *||Lamar||Sr.||Longview, Texas|
|OF||Conner Fikes *||Stephen F. Austin||Sr.||Rowlett, Texas|
|OF||Bryce Johnson *||Sam Houston State||Jr.||Cypress, Texas|
|C||Bryndan Arredondo *||Lamar||Sr.||Lubbock, Texas|
|DH||Hezekiah Randolph *||New Orleans||Sr.||Baton Rouge, La.|
|P||Mac Sceroler *||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Denham Springs, La.|
|P||Heath Donica *||Sam Houston State||Sr.||Corsicana, Texas|
|P||Collin Kober *||McNeese||Sr.||Lake Charles, La.|
|1B||Russell Crippen||Abilene Christian||Sr.||Snohomish, Wash.|
|2B||David Fry *||Northwestern State||Jr.||Colleyville, Texas|
|3B||Robin Adames||Lamar||So.||Bronx, N.Y.|
|3B||Andrew Fregia1||Sam Houston State||So.||Liberty, Texas|
|SS||Brennan Breaud *||Southeastern Louisiana||So.||Norco, La.|
|OF||Webb Bobo *||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Prattville, Ala.|
|OF||Zac Michener *||Stephen F. Austin||Sr.||Kennedale, Texas|
|OF||Cutter McDowell||Lamar||Sr.||Friendswood, Texas|
|C||Robie Rojas||Sam Houston State||Sr.||Jersey Village, Texas|
|DH||Kyle Knauth*||Nicholls||Jr.||Slidell, La.|
|P||Riley Gossett*||Sam Houston State||So.||Cypress, Texas|
|P||Kade Granier||Southeastern Louisiana||Jr.||Destrehan, La.|
|P||Cody Davenport||Central Arkansas||So.||Fayetteville, Ark.|
*2016 All-Conference selection
 Tied with same number of votes for 3B
All 13 conference schools will be in action Friday (Feb. 17) when the 2017 baseball season commences. Conference play begins March 10, while the 2017 Southland baseball tournament is set for May 24-27 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. This year marks the 54th season of Southland Conference baseball.
Please click here for the entire 2017 Southland Conference baseball schedule.