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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Conference Preview: Sun Belt

Matt Czechanski        
Photo: Coastal Carolina Athletics




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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 Louisiana*  43 21 21 9
2 Coastal Carolina#  49 16 21 3
3 South Alabama  42 22 21 9
4 Georgia Southern  36 24
16 14
5 Troy  32 26 17 13
6 Texas State  31 28 16 14
7 Texas-Arlington  30 28 15 15
8 Arkansas-Little Rock  26 28 17 13
9 Arkansas State  29 29 13 17
10 Louisiana-Monroe  20 35 10 20
11 Georgia State  24 31 10 20
12 Appalachian State  18 36 9 21

#Member of the Big South Conference in 2016


Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C Brady Cox Sr. Texas-Arlington .365-2-41; All-Conference player, four-year starter
1B Ryan Cleveland Sr. Georgia Southern .286-15-55; 12 SB, middle-of-order power bat
MIF Matt Vernon Sr. Appalachian State .317-8-42; versatile infielder, compact swing 
MIF Drew LaBounty Jr. South Alabama .284-2-43; 14 SB, athletic, top-of-the-order bat
3B Seth Lancaster Jr. Coastal Carolina .326-7-35; 15 SB, smooth LH swing, athletic infielder
OF Joe Robbins  Sr. Louisiana .286-10-37; 10 SB, 5-tool player, strong athlete
OF Billy Cooke Jr. Coastal Carolina .328-3-36; 27 SB, electric, top-of-the-order hitter 
OF Dalton Thomas Sr. Arkansas-Little Rock .375-9-52; smooth RH swing, proven performer
DH Joey Denison Sr. Troy .322-7-37; athletic outfielder, all-fields power
UT Anthony Herrera Jr. Louisiana-Monroe 1.76, 41.1, 26:12; 10 SV, athletic, will also start at SS
SP Andrew Beckwtih Sr. Coastal Carolina 1.94, 111.1 IP, 73:15; Varies slots, sinker/SL combo
SP Alex Cunningham Sr. Coastal Carolina 3.64, 116.1 IP, 97:37; FB up to 95, power arm
SP Gunner Leger Jr. Louisiana 2.26, 91.2 IP, 81:24; lefty w/ advanced pitchibility 
SP Randy Bell Sr. South Alabama 2.45, 88.1 IP, 60:20; command specialist 
RP Dylan Moore Jr. Louisiana 0.90, 49.2 IP, 59:15, 14 SV; very deceptive FB/SL 

Player of the Year: Dalton Thomas, of, Arkansas-Little Rock

Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Beckwith, rhp, Coastal Carolina

Freshman of the Year: Todd Lott, of, Louisiana 



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