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College  | Story  | 1/25/2022

Conf. Preview: Conference USA

Jered Goodwin     
Photo: Nolan Schanuel (Florida Atlantic Athletics)
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2021 Records

Teams are listed in alphabetical order* 

Team W L W L
Charlotte 40 21 24 8
FAU 32 25 18 14
FIU 20 31 11 19
Louisiana Tech 42 20 22 8
Marshall 10 35 6 26
Middle Tennessee 24 29 12 19
Old Dominion 44 16 22 10
Rice 23 29 11 20
Southern Miss 40 21 22 9
UAB 18 36 11 21
UTSA 22 26 14 17
Western Kentucky 27 29 15 17

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Player School Stats/Notes
C Caleb Pendleton  FAU .252-8-24, elite catch and throw skills with big power in the RH bat.
1B Adrian Figueroa FIU .324-2-32, showed excellent bat to ball skills and the power is coming in a big way. 
MIF Austin Knight Charlotte .342-11-63, '21 CUSA POY and does not look like he will slow down. 
MIF Taylor Young La Tech .331-7-36, lots of experience and knows how to produce runs. 
MIF Carter Trice ODU .355-14-54, one of the better freshman campaigns in league history and just getting started. 
3B David McCabe Charlotte .338-14-35, enormous power from both sides of the plate. 
OF Gabe Montenegro  Southern Miss .345-4-29, all fields hit tool and can collect hits with the best in the conference. 
OF Jackson Gray Western Kentucky .363-8-32, Second in average in '21 with solid pop that could be on the rise. 
OF Andy Garriola ODU .318-14-72, big pop and the resume suggests he will compete for a conference HR crown. 
DH Nolan Schanuel FAU .343-11-56, checks all the boxes for a middle of the order bat. Patient, power, and little swing and miss.
UTL Tommy Bell ODU .343-8-49, veteran presence that brings stability and production on both sides of the ball. 
SP Jonathan Fincher La Tech 3.05 era with 85 Ks in 100+ innings, shutdown Friday night ace with a slow heartbeat. 
SP Spencer Giesting Charlotte 74 strikeouts in 54+ innings, big time stuff from the left side and could be a big riser as the season plays out. 
SP Peyton Wigginton Middle Tennessee 3.16 era with 60 Ks in 79+ innings, looks to build on a very good '21 and has the durability and stuff to take the next step. 
SP Ben Ethridge Southern Miss 3.25 era with 82 Ks in 74+ innings, excellent on all fronts in '21 and will be relied on to help lead the USM staff. 
RP Jason Hartline ODU 1.88 era with 60 Ks in 48 innings, as lock down as it could get in CUSA and can be used in a plethora of roles out of the pen. 

Pitcher of the Year: Jonathan Fincher
Player of the Year: 
Nolan Schanuel
Freshman of the Year: 
Jayden Melendez

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