Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tyler Langley and Connor Gilmore earn Southland Pre-Season honors

Senior center fielder Tyler Langley of Conway was named to the first team and senior righthanded pitcher Connor Gilmore of Little Rock to the second team.

Langley, from Conway High School, started all 53 games for the Bears in 2015, hitting .305 with a team-high 62 hits. Langley had 13 doubles, 3 triples and 5 home runs, with a team-high slugging percentage of .463. He also stole 10 bases and scored 39 runs, ranking seventh in the Southland. Langley had a team-high 19 multi-hit games, including going 4 for 6 with a home run against Sam Houston State. He also had four RBI against Wichita State.

Gilmore, who played at Little Rock Catholic, was a two-time SLC Pitcher of the Week in 2015 and posted an 8-3 record with a 2.42 earned-run average in 15 starts. Gilmore struck out 59 batters and had a team-high five complete games in 108 innings. He pitched at least eight innings seven times, going nine innings four times. Gilmore pitched the Bears to a 7-6 victory over Nicholls in the SLC Tournament opener last May in Sugar Land, Texas. 


Josh Watkins and Kenneth Tabor receive GAC weekly honors

GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Josh Watkins, Arkansas Tech, RF, Sr., Hope Hull, Alabama
Watkins posted a .571 average in the Wonder Boys' series with Missouri Western State. In Tech's home opener, he went 5-for-6 with a double and a triple in an 8-7 12-inning victory. After collecting a hit in four at bats in game two, he tallied two more hits and two runs scored in the finale, a 7-6 win.

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Kenneth Tabor, Southern Arkansas, LHP, Sr., Plano, Texas
Tabor won his first collegiate start last weekend as he worked 6.0 innings of shutout baseball en route to a 7-1 victory against East Central at the SAU Division II Classic at the Ballpark. In those six innings, Tabor struck out eight Tigers and limited ECU to only three base hits.

- Evan Comeau, Sr., SS, Arkansas-Monticello (Drove in four and scored three runs at the Houston Winter Invitational)
- Jakahari Howell, So., CF, Ouachita (Doubled twice and hit .364 in three-game series with Union)
- Jordan Taylor, Jr., UTL, Henderson State (Hit .455 with five RBIs at the Houston Winter Invitational)
- Jake Tisevich, So., OF, Southern Arkansas (Went 4-for-7 in two games at the SAU Division II Classic at the Ballpark)

- Branden Bohuslav, Jr., RHP, Arkansas Tech (In two relief stints, threw 3.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts; earned a win)


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hunter Payne Named GAC Pitcher of the Week

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Hunter Payne, Harding, RHP, Sr., Jasper, Alabama
Payne earned the victory against No. 11 St. Edward's as he surrendered only one run in 5.0 innings of work in his second career start in 43 appearances for the Bisons. He allowed only five hits while striking out two and walking a pair in the 5-1 triumph.

- Kaleb Warden, Jr., C/DH, Arkansas Tech (Went 6-for-15 with three RBIs and two runs scored against No. 15 St. Mary's)

- Lane Norwood, So., RHP, Arkansas Tech (Registered 2.1 innings of scoreless relief vs No. 15 St. Mary's with two strikeouts)


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GAC Pre-Season Poll

With the start of the 2016 Great American Conference baseball season less than three weeks away, the league announced Southern Arkansas as the preseason favorite, following a league-wide vote of the conference's head coaches.


Monday, January 11, 2016

Ecclesia College Baseball Joins Victory Collegiate Baseball Conference

Head Baseball Coach Derrion Hardie announced that Ecclesia College Baseball has accepted an invitation to join the newly formed Victory Collegiate Baseball Conference (VCBC) that will begin play in 2017.

Coach Hardie has trail blazed Ecclesia College Royals Baseball in the first three years of the program's history to three consecutive winning seasons and post-season appearances.  Hardie was hired to lead the development of the baseball program, which played its inaugural season in 2013.

The VCBC consists of colleges in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.  Members of the VCBC at this time are Ecclesia College, Dallas Christian College, Arlington Baptist College, Hillsdale Baptist College and Manhattan Christian College.  The VCBC could grow to as many as ten teams, as five other colleges have expressed interest in joining the newly formed collegiate baseball conference. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Opening Days!

Arkansas Feb. 19
Arkansas Baptist Feb. 9
Arkansas Fort Smith Feb. 12 (Ouachita Baptist)
Arkansas Little Rock Feb. 19
Arkansas Monticello Feb. 5
Arkansas Pine Bluff Feb. 19
Arkansas State Feb. 19
Arkansas Tech Jan. 29
Central Arkansas Feb. 19
Central Baptist Feb. 5
Crowley's Ridge Feb. 12
Ecclesia Jan. 29
Harding Jan. 30
Henderson State Jan. 29
Hendrix Feb. 12
Lyon Feb. 5
North Arkansas Feb. 12
Ouachita Baptist Feb. 6
Southern Arkansas Feb. 5
U. of the Ozarks Feb. 12

Williams Baptist Feb. 5

Collegiate Baseball Div. 2 Pre-Season Poll

14. Southern Arkansas (40-18)

16. Henderson St. (33-21)

Receiving Votes: Arkansas-Ft. Smith, Arkansas Tech

full poll