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College  | Story  | 1/27/2022

Conference Preview: Southland

Billy Cruz     
Photo: Pearce Howard (Shane Banegas)
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2021 Records

School W L W L
Houston Baptist 14 38 11 27
Incarnate Word 21 28 17 23
McNeese State 32 30 21 18
New Orleans 29 28 23 17
Nicholls 21 34 16 24
Northwestern State 27 26 20 16
Southeastern La. 32 24 22 17
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 25 29 20 14

Preseason All-Conference Team

Pos. Player School Stats/Notes
C Josh Caraway Texas A&M-Corpus Christi .287-6-27, collected 43 hits in ’21, led team with a .553 slugging percentage
1B Preston Faulkner Southeastern La. .269-8-48, second team All-Southland honors, led team in RBIs with 15 multi-hit games 
MIF Grant Smith Incarnate Word  .293-7-38, started all 49 games at SS in ‘21, led team in hits, RBIs, and runs scored
MIF Daunte Stuart Northwestern State .270-7-30, paced NSU's qualifying hitters in the Triple Crown categories (.270 BA, 7 HR, 30 RBIs) and in total bases (84) and slugging percentage (.454), led team in multi-hit games (12)
MIF Diego Davila Houston Baptist .345-6-32, sure handed SS who has gap to gap power, high OBP potential, and a high baseball IQ
3B Kasten Furr New Orleans .318-1-12, second team All-Southland Honors, led team in runs (48) and stolen bases (10)
OF Payton Harden McNeese State .321-1-26, 70/80 runner that has shown improvement in his game each year, game changing presence every time he is on the field.
OF Pearce Howard New Orleans  .333-7-56, shows an advanced hit tool, likely will be top candidate to win conference POY
OF Tyler Finke Southeastern La. .307-4-34, third team All-Southland honors, led team in batting average and slugging percentage
DH Tre Obregon III McNeese State .321-2-34, best overall hitter in lineup, second team All-Southland honors
UTL Anthony Herron New Orleans .374-16-55, transfer impact player, INF/OF versatility with plus raw power, advanced approach and hit tool
SP Hayden Thomas Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3.31 ERA with 94 Ks in 81+ innings, 92-94 with sharp breaker and CH
SP Brennan Stuprich Southeastern La. 2.31 ERA with 67 Ks in 81+ innings, solid freshman campaign, Southland Freshman of the Year and first team All-Southland Honors 
SP Brandon Mitchell New Orleans 4.67 ERA with 58 Ks in 71+ innings, posted 5-2 record in ’21, LHP, 88-92 sinking FB. Above average CB and CH
SP Will Kinzeler Southeastern La.  4.33 ERA with 68 Ks in 70+ innings, opponents hit .266, twice named Southland’s Pitcher of the Week in ‘21
RP Caleb Seroski New Orleans 4.20 ERA with 55 Ks in 45 innings, second team All-Southland honors, 10 saves in ’21 (tied for 4th highest single season total in program history)

Pitcher of the Year: Hayden Thomas, RHP, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Player of the Year: Pearce Howard, OF, New Orleans
Freshman of the Year: Andrew Duran, UTL, New Orleans

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