Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Three Arkansas baseball players had their great play on the field recognized as Grant Koch, Jax Biggers, and Dominic Fletcher each were named all-conference players Monday by the Southeastern Conference office.
Koch leads the trio as a first team All-SEC catcher, while Biggers was named as a second team All-SEC shortstop. Fletcher is part of the SEC All-Freshman Team in the outfield.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Arkansas State infielder Alex Howard has been named the Sun Belt Conference's Player of the Week for his performance during the last week of the regular season the league office announced Monday morning.
Howard was a key part of A-State's offensive effort in its 3-0 week, which included a win over Ole Miss May 16 and two wins against Little Rock May 18-19. The junior hit .467 (7-for-15) on the week with a .733 slugging percentage. He drove in a team-high eight runs and reached base three times in each game.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
UA Fort Smith’s Dion Williams was named Newcomer of the Year, and teammate Logan Allen earned Freshman of the Year honors.
UA Fort Smith’s Dion Williams was named the Newcomer of the Year after leading the Lions to a second-place conference finish, their highest team finish in program history. Williams hit .357 during the regular season and .425 during conference play. Williams led the conference in triples with 11 nearly doubling the next highest total. He also brought in 41 RBI on 61 hits with 14 doubles and five home runs. The Kansas City native also swiped seven bases.
Williams’ teammate Logan Allen earned Freshman of the Year honors. It marks the first time a UAFS player has claimed the honor since Taylor Shaddy in 2011. Allen hit .325 this season in 49 games in the outfield for UAFS. His 13 stolen bases were fourth in the conference and he was caught just three times. Allen brought in 21 RBI on 63 hits with 22 extra-base hits including four home runs.
Seven University of the Ozarks baseball players received All-Conference honors from the American Southwest Conference, it was announced Wednesday (May 10).
Junior outfielder Justin Crider headlined the group with a First Team selection. Senior outfielder Andrew Beck and junior utility player Patrick Clifford made the Third Team. Freshman First baseman Chase Edwards, junior second baseman Josh Woolly, sophomore third baseman Dakota Ebarb and junior catcher Bryce Elder each made the Honorable Mention Team.
Monday afternoon will go down in the record books as one of the biggest wins in program history for the third-seeded Lyon College baseball team. The Scots held top-seeded Missouri Baptist to two runs and pulled out a 5-2 win to claim their first ever conference tournament championship. While the offense flourised, the pitching combination of Cole Jenkins (FR/Little Rock, Ark.), Trenton Coles (SR/Cave City, Ark.) (pictured below right) and Tyler Tognarine (JR/Cape Coral, Fla.) was the backbone to the Scots victory.
Kyle West (SO/Lewisville, Texas) had two hits and a team high three RBI, while Kylan Barnett (FR/West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Easton Moore (JR/Fort Worth, Texas) each scored two runs apiece. Barnett and Tyler Houston (SR/Cherry Valley, Ark.) also added two hits each for the team.
Jenkins who made his 10th start of the season held the Spartans to just one run over 4.1 innings pitched, while Coles threw 2.2 innings and allowed the remaining run. Tognarine came in for relief of Coles and threw two innings, while escaping a bases loaded jam in the eighth inning.
Lyon is now 34-22 overall, while Missouri Baptist falls to 41-14 on the season. Both teams have qualified for the National Tournament, which will take place on May 15-18 at various opening round sites.
Ecclesia College’s JT Stalnaker earns the VCBC Player of the Year award following a junior campaign where he hit .420 with 63 hits, 48 RBI’s, 17 doubles and 7 homeruns. Madison Bates, also of Ecclesia College was named VCBC Pitcher of the Year as a junior with a 9-1 record and 3.5 ERA on the mound.
The junior from Kansas City, Mo., batted 0.429 with four doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs during the Lions' four-game stretch last week that included a non-conference, extra-inning loss to the Northeastern State RiverHawks and a sweep of then conference co-leader St. Mary's Rattlers.
Williams compiled a 1.048 slugging percentage and a 0.455 on-base percentage. He also compiled a perfect fielding percentage with six putouts in six attempts.