Feb. 19, 2010

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Brentz, Roberts earn top Sun Belt preseason honors


Junior outfielder Bryce Brentz of Middle Tennessee was named the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year, in voting by the league’s head coaches and released by the conference office.


Senior Kenneth Roberts of the Blue Raiders was voted Preseason Pitcher of the Year.


Brentz was the 2009 Player of the Year in the Sun Belt. He led the nation in hitting at .465, slugging percentage at .930 and total bases with 214. Brentz set school records with 107 hits, 28 home runs and 79 runs.


Roberts posted an 11-1 mark for Middle Tennessee a season ago with a 3.04 ERA. He was the 2009 Sun Belt Tournament Most Outstanding Player.


2010 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

SP – Kenneth Roberts, Sr., Middle Tennessee

SP – Matt Ridings, Sr., Western Kentucky

RP – Lance Baxter, Sr., South Alabama

RP – Bart Carter, Sr., Western Kentucky

C – Matt Rice, Sr., Western Kentucky

1B – Tim Jobe, Sr., FIU

2B – Matt Payton, Sr., Western Kentucky

SS – Boomer Blanchard, Sr., ULM

3B – Tyler Burnett, Jr., Middle Tennessee

OF – Todd Baumgartner, Jr., Arkansas State

OF – Bryce Brentz, Jr., Middle Tennessee

OF – Adam Heisler, Sr., South Alabama

DH – Murray Watts, Jr., Arkansas State


Preseason Player of the Year: Bryce Brentz, Jr., Middle Tennessee

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Kenneth Roberts, Sr., Middle Tennessee