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Smith headlines preseason all-Southland team
right-hander Carson Smith of Texas State, the 2010 Southland
Conference Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year, tops the talented
list of 20 returning all-conference performers on the 2011
preseason all-conference team, as released by the league office.
A preseason All-American, Smith tied for the
conference lead with 10 victories a season ago and was second in
opponent batting average (.241). Smith posted an ERA of 3.10 and
struck out 94 in 104.2 innings.
Smith had three teammates join him on the
preseason all-Southland squad, as junior third baseman Kyle
Kubitza and senior outfielder Bret Atwood were named first team
and junior DH Jeff McVaney earned second-team honors.
Lamar, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana and
Stephen F. Austin each had three players on the preseason
all-Southland team, while Sam Houston State and Northwestern
State both had two. Nicholls, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT
Arlington each had one player honored.
Returning players who were named first and second
team all-conference following the 2010 campaign automatically
receive 2011 preseason honors. Third-team postseason selections
move into vacated spots on the first and second preseason teams.
The remaining positions are voted on by the league’s head
The 2011 season begins on Friday, Feb. 18. The
first weekend of conference competition is March 4-6, as Texas
State visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a three-game series.
All 12 teams will have conference sets the following weekend.
The 2011 Southland Conference Tournament will be hosted by Texas
State on May 25-28 at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium in San Marcos,
2011 Southland Preseason All-Conference Team
Pos. Name, School, Class
1B *Trey Hernandez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sr.
2B *Braeden Riley, Sam Houston State, Sr.
3B *Kyle Kubitza, Texas State, Jr.
SS *Jace Peterson, McNeese State, Jr.
OF *Bret Atwood, Texas State, Sr.
OF *Bear Comer, Nicholls, Sr.
OF *Jeff Harkensee, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
C *Aaron Munoz, Northwestern State, Sr.
DH *Chris Andreas, Sam Houston State, Sr.
P *Carson Smith, Texas State, Jr.
P *Luke Irvine, Northwestern State, Sr.
P *Tyler Herriage, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
1B *Darren Crabtree, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
2B *Andy Mena, Lamar, Sr.
3B Ryan Dalton, UTSA, So.
SS *Justin Boudreaux, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr.
OF *Garrett Smith, Stephen F. Austin, Sr.
OF *Lee Orr, McNeese State, Jr.
OF *Cass Hargis, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr.
C *Chad Comer, UT Arlington, Sr.
DH *Jeff McVaney, Texas State, Jr.
P Jonathan Dziedzic, Lamar, So.
P Eric Harrington, Lamar, Jr.
P Jaden Dillon, McNeese State, Jr.
*Returning all-conference selection