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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Conference Preview: Southland

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Randy Bergeron, SLU Athletics



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Predicted Order of Finish

Overall/conference win-loss records from 2017 indicated | * Denotes projected conference automatic bid


No. Team W L W L
1 Sam Houston State* 44 23 19 11
2 Southeastern Louisiana 37 21 20 10
3 McNeese State 37 20 22 8
4 Lamar 33 25 16 14
5 Central Arkansas 34  25 17 13
6 Houston Baptist 29 25 18 12
7 New Orleans 30  29 16 14
8 Nicholls State 29 27 15 15
9 Stephen F. Austin 29 28 17 13
10 Texas A&M CC 22  32 14 16
11 Incarnate Word 20 35 8 22
12 Northwestern State 20 34 10 20
13 Abilene Christian 13  34 3 27


Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Name Class School Stats/Notes
C John Cable Sr. New Orleans .349-3-33; 2nd Team in '17, strong LHH
1B Hunter Strong Jr. Central Arkansas .351-4-47; impact tools on both sides
2B Joe Provenzano Sr. McNeese State .336-6-54; lots of barreled contact during career
SS Tyler Depreta-Johnson Sr.  Houston Baptist .309-2-23; excellent defender up the middle
3B Taylor Schwaner Sr. Southeastern La. .332-16-74; reigning POY, video game numbers
OF Shane Selman Jr. McNeese State .333-14-59; fast-twitch, solid tools, 16 2B
OF Andrew Fregia Jr. Sam Houston State .302-7-48; ultra-versatile, strong & quick
OF Orynn Veillon Sr. New Orleans .300-15-53; excellent 1st year; RH pop
DH David Fry Sr. Northwestern State .340-10-44; consistent bat, run producer
UT Josh Evans Sr. Stephen F. Austin .383-10-38; big 1st year, middle-of-order bat
SP Bryan Warzek Jr. New Orleans 2.12, 101.2 IP, 94:33; FB into low-90s
SP Corey Gaconi Jr. Southeastern La. 3.08, 108 IP, 70:14; 3rd Team in '17, pounds zone
SP Riley Gossett RS-So. Sam Houston State 2.64, 95.1 IP, 62:24*; healthy, Friday night arm
SP Tanner Driskill Sr. Lamar 2.87, 78.1 IP, 63:14; low-90s FB, very good splitter
RP J.T. Newton Jr. Houston Baptist 2.15, 54.1 IP, 43:17; 6 SV; lockout 9th inning arm

* Stats from 2016 season

Player of the Year: Taylor Schwaner, 3b, Southeastern Louisiana
Pitcher of the Year: Bryan Warzek, lhp, New Orleans
Freshman of the Year: Reid Bourque, ss, McNeese State


Top Prospects


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