February 2, 2010

HERNANDEZ CLAIMS FIRST-TEAM HONORS, BASEBALL POLLS RELEASED

The Southland Conference announced the 2010 Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams and Preseason Polls Tuesday with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Trey Hernandez earning first-team honors at first base. The league also released the Southland Conference Preseason Polls.

Hernandez finished the season with a team-best 12 home runs and was third with 33 runs batted in while batting .236. His home run total was ninth in the Southland Conference. In two seasons, Hernandez has amassed 22 home runs which is third all-time for the Islanders. He is averaging .291 in his career after hitting at a .339 clip his freshman season.

"I think it is encouraging to see the respect that Trey earns from the other coaches in the league," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "His average suffered from a 'sophomore slump', but he was able to maintain his power numbers.

"Trey has been working very hard with the staff to get his swing back to where it was his freshman season. If we are to win like I expect and reach the postseason, we need to have Trey hitting consistently in the middle of our lineup."

After finishing 18-38 a season ago, the Islanders have been picked to finish 11th this season in both the coaches' and sports information directors polls. The Islanders had 23 points in the Coaches' poll and 21 in the Sports Information Director's poll to finish ahead of Nicholls in both.

"I think the thing that has been encouraging in the offseason and in the early part of practice is that the guys have been rallying behind the idea of surprising people," said Malone. "They know we took a step back last year, and are working to take two leaps forward this season. The team is eager to change the direction and mentality of the program."

Both preseason polls were nearly identical with a flip-flop of Central Arkansas and McNeese State for ninth and tenth the only difference. Texas State, which won last season's regular season title, was selected first. The Bobcats received five first-place votes from the coaches and six from the SIDs. Sam Houston State was chosen second with four votes to finish first, while Lamar was picked third with three votes for the top-spot by the coaches and two by the SIDs.

The Islanders open the 2010 season with a three-game series at Chapman Field against Prairie View A&M the weekend of Feb. 19-21.

2010 Preseason All-Southland Conference Baseball Teams

First Team

Pos.

Name

University

Class

Hometown

1B

Trey Hernandez

A&M-Corpus Christi

Jr.

Robstown, Texas

2B

Braeden Riley*

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Woodville, Texas

3B

Lance Brown*

UTSA

Sr.

Richland Hills, Texas

SS

Trent Grondin*

Northwestern State

Sr.

Round Rock, Texas

OF

Michael Choice*

UT Arlington

Jr.

Arlington, Texas

OF

Tyler Sibley*

Texas State

So.

Frisco, Texas

OF

Bret Atwood*

Texas State

Jr.

Katy, Texas

C

Chad Comer

UT Arlington

Jr.

Mansfield, Texas

DH

Brett Aguilar

UTSA

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas

P

Eric Harrington*

Lamar

So.

Groves, Texas

P

Rett Varner

UT Arlington

Jr.

Trophy Club, Texas

P

Dallas Gallant

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Mansfield, Texas

Second Team

Pos.

Name

University

Class

Hometown

1B

Kyle Livingstone

Texas State

Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas

2B

Ryan Hutson*

UTSA

Jr.

Round Rock, Texas

3B

Chase Lyles

Northwestern State

Sr.

Plain Dealing, La.

SS

Jason Martinson

Texas State

Jr.

Birdville, Texas

OF

Lee Orr*

McNeese State

So.

El Campo, Texas

OF

Scott Moseley

Nicholls

Sr.

Enterprise, Ala.

OF

Cass Hargis

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Meraux, La.

C

Josh Cryer

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Leesville, La.

DH

Wade Mathis

Lamar

Jr.

Wharton, Texas

P

Chris Franklin

Southeastern La.

Sr.

Oneonta, Ala.

P

Matt Shelton

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Mansfield, Texas

P

Chad Sheppard

Northwestern State

So.

Enterprise, La.



2010 Preseason Southland Conference Baseball Polls

COACHES POLL

Pl.

School (fi rst-place votes)

Pts.

1.

Texas State (5)

114

2.

Sam Houston State (4)

107

3.

Lamar (3)

105

4.

Southeastern Louisiana

84

5.

UTSA

77

6.

UT Arlington

73

7.

Northwestern State

65

8.

Stephen F. Austin

50

9.

Central Arkansas

39

10.

McNeese State

34

11.

A&M-Corpus Christi

23

12.

Nicholls

17

SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS POLL

Pl.

School (fi rst-place votes)

Pts.

1.

Texas State (6)

112

2.

Sam Houston State (4)

103

3.

Lamar (2)

100

4.

Southeastern Louisiana

90

5.

UTSA

83

6.

UT Arlington

76

7.

Northwestern State

62

8.

Stephen F. Austin

46

9.

McNeese State

41

10.

Central Arkansas

40

11.

A&M-Corpus Christi

21

12.

Nicholls

17

1st -Place Votes in Parentheses