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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Conference Preview: Southland

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Brian Blalock/Sam Houston State

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Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2016 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid

No. Team W L W L
1 Sam Houston State* 44 22 24 6
2 Southeastern Louisiana 40 21 22 8
3 Lamar 34  19 20 10
4 McNeese State 31 25 15 15
5 Northwestern State 33 24 20 10
6 New Orleans 31  26 14 16
7 Central Arkansas 29 27 16 14
8 Stephen F. Austin 30 30 14 16
9 Nicholls State 26 30 14 16
10 Texas A&M CC 19  32 8 20
11 Houston Baptist 24 29 12 18
12 Abilene Christian 16 37 8 21
13 Incarnate Word 13 38 5 22

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C Bryndan Arredondo Sr. Lamar .314-1-20; advanced receiving skills, handles barrel well
1B Kyle Knauth Jr. Nicholls State .347-3-32; 2nd Team DH in '16, productive LH bat
MIF Aaron Palmer Sr. New Orleans .325-2-37; natural barrel feel, sound approach, 19 SB
MIF Carson Crties Sr.  Southeastern La. .298-8-34; big barrel skills, shows pop, 13 2B/13 SB
3B Dakota Dean Sr.  New Orleans .321-5-45; SR leader, shows pop/speed, 6 3B, .422 OBP
OF Bryce Johnson Jr. Sam Houston State .345-2-30; + athlete, switch hitter, + runner, high draft
OF Reid Russell Sr. Lamar  .354-18-62; video game #s in '16, POY pot., big thump
OF Connor Fikes Sr. Stephen F. Austin .362-1-41; 1st Team in '16, advanced barrel feel, 7 3B
DH Hezekiah Randolph Sr.  New Orleans .318-7-45; strong athlete, power continues to develop
UT David Fry Jr. Northwestern State .264-7-27; 16 2B, 2nd Team in '16, middle of order pop
SP Mac Sceroler Jr. Southeastern La.  2.25, 96 IP, 93:33; low-90s FB, feel for 4, drafted in '16
SP Heath Donica Sr. Sam Houston State 3.42, 113 IP, 96:24; advanced command, mixes, 4 CG
SP Riley Gossett So. Sam Houston State 2.64, 95.1 IP, 62:24; + FR year, pounds zone, Sat. arm
SP Cody Davenport So. Central Arkansas 3.21, 101 IP, 71:25; pounds zone, deceptive, adv. feel
RP Collin Kober Sr.  McNeese State 2.76, 42.1 IP, 39:10; 9 SV, different slot, pounds zone

Player of the Year: Reid Russell, of, Lamar

Pitcher of the Year: Mac Sceroler, rhp, Southeastern Louisiana 

Freshman of the Year: Caleb Ricca, ss, Northwestern State

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