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Four named to Southland preseason teams; ORU picked third

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          Release: 01/30/2013
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TULSA, Okla. - Four Oral Roberts baseball players have made a preseason impression on their new conference coaches as the Southland Conference released the official Preseason All-Conference nods on Wednesday.

Already picking up Preseason All-American mentions from various publications, Jose Trevino was named as a catcher and Drew Bowen as a pitcher on the Preseason All-Southland First Team. On the second team is pitcher Alex Gonzalez and outfielder Logan Domenico.

Also released on Wednesday were the preseason coaches and sports information directors polls. In each, the Golden Eagles are slated to finish in third, with Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana picked one and two, respectively. ORU received three first place votes in the SID poll.

The Bearkats of Sam Houston won the league a year ago.

Bowen, a right hander from Tulsa, finished the 2012 season with a 7-2 record. He had an outstanding .195 earned run average in 87.2 innings on the mound, striking out 68 batters and allowed just 21 free passes to opposing batters.

A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Trevino led the Golden Eagles in five offensive categories, including average (.317), hits (78), runs batted in (57), doubles (18) and triples (3). The sophomore also tied with former first baseman Jared Schlehuber with a team high 13 home runs.

Joining Bowen on the mound in the weekend rotation is the junior Gonzalez. Last season, Gonzalez was 6-3 on the season, striking 66 batters and had an 2.30 ERA in 86 innings on the mound. Opposing hitters only hit a .205 average against the Florida native, the lowest average by the opposition on the Golden Eagle staff.

Domenico, a sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona, had a very solid freshman campaign in 2012, starting 39 of 40 games played with the Golden Eagles. He was one of the most consistent hitters, recording an average of .312, four on the team.

The Golden Eagles begin the season with a tough home series as Saint Louis comes to town for a three game set. First pitch of the season is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Feb. 15.

First Team

Position

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1B

Brad Picha

Lamar

Sr.

Stephenville, Texas

2B

Philip Lyons*

Nicholls St.

Jr.

Thibodaux, La.

3B

Kevin Miller*

Sam Houston St.

Jr.

Denton, Texas

SS

Hunter Dozier*

Stephen F. Austin

Jr.

Denton, Texas

C

Jose Trevino

Oral Roberts

So.

Corpus Christi, Texas

OF

Forrestt Allday*

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Friendswood, Texas

OF

Jonathan Davis*

Central Arkansas

Jr.

Camden, Ark.

DH

Anthony Azar*

Sam Houston St.

Jr.

The Woodlands, Texas

P

Caleb Smith*

Sam Houston St.

Jr.

Huntsville, Texas

P

Dylan Hills

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Ponchatoula, La.

P

Drew Bowen

Oral Roberts

Sr.

Tulsa, Okla.

 

Second Team

Position

Name

School

Class

Hometown

1B

Max Lamantia

Stephen F. Austin

So.

Flower Mound, Texas

2B

Freddy Villalobos*

Stephen F. Austin

Sr.

Houston, Texas

3B

Darian Johnson*

Lamar

Sr.

Chandler, Ariz.

SS

Ben Hernandez

Southeastern La.

Sr.

Zachary, La.

C

Nick Purdy

Northwestern St.

Sr.

Pascagoula, Miss.

OF

Ethan Harris

Central Arkansas

Sr.

White Hall, Ark.

OF

Colt Atwood

Sam Houston St.

So.

Katy, Texas

OF

Logan Domenico

Oral Roberts

So.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

DH

Jonathan Gonzales*

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Buda, Texas

P

Jordan Hymel

Southeastern La.

Jr.

Lutcher, La.

P

Alex Gonzalez

Oral Roberts

Jr.

Delray Beach, Fla.

P

Cameron Gann

Stephen F. Austin

So.

Crandall, Texas

*Returning all-conference selection

Coaches Poll

Rank

Team (first place votes)

Points

1.

Sam Houston St. (11)

81

2.

Southeastern La. (1)

68

3.

Oral Roberts

65

4.

Stephen F. Austin

48

5.

Central Arkansas

47

6.

Lamar

45

7.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

32

8.

McNeese State

30

9.

Northwestern State

19

10.

Nicholls State

15

Sports Information Directors Poll

Rank

Team (first place votes)

Points

1.

Sam Houston St. (4)

75

2.

Southeastern La. (3)

72

3.

Oral Roberts (3)

71

4.

Stephen F. Austin

51

5.

Central Arkansas

46

T6.

Lamar

34

T6.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

34

8.

McNeese State

32

9.

Northwestern State

22

10.

Nicholls State

13

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