The Sun Belt Conference's best were honored Tuesday night as the league office released its 2008 All-Conference Baseball Teams and individual award winners.
Florida Atlantic outfielder Mike McKenna was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year – marking the second time an Owl has won the award as Robbie Wildansky took home the honor a year ago. McKenna is hitting .404 on the season with 61 runs, 92 hits, 74 RBIs, and 16 home runs. He was named the National Player of the Week on April 24th by virtually every collegiate baseball publication after going 12-for-22 (.545 BA) with 7 home runs and 19 RBI in a six-game span.
New Orleans' Brian Cryer was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year after delivering 11 wins and only one loss this season. Cryer currently leads the Sun Belt Conference in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.
WKU's Chad Cregar was named the league's Newcomer of the Year as he is currently batting .345 for the season and is leading the SBC in homeruns. Middle Tennessee's Bryce Brentz was named the league's Freshman of the Year as he is currently batting .333 in his first year as a Blue Raider.
First Team All-Sun Belt SP Bryan Cryer (New Orleans, Sr., SP) SP Hunter Moody (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., SP) RP Josh Storm (Troy, Jr., RP) C Robert Taylor (UALR, Sr., C) 1B Rawley Bishop (Middle Tennessee, Jr., 1B) 2B Ryan Mollica (Florida International, Jr., 2B) SS Ben Soignier (ULM, Jr., SS) 3B Zach Barrett (Middle Tennessee, Sr., 3B) OF Mike McKenna (Florida Atlantic, Sr. Outfield) OF Dexter Fontenot (ULM, Sr., Outfield) OF Bryan Miller (Troy, Sr., Outfield) DH Chad Cregar (WKU, Jr., DH) Utility Jeff Lanning (New Orleans, Jr., Utility) Second Team All-Sun Belt SP Matt Ridings (WKU, So., SP) SP Chase Ware (Arkansas State, Jr., SP) RP Ryan O'Shea (New Orleans, Jr., RP) C Beau Brooks (Troy, Jr., C) 1B Nick Schwaner (New Orleans, So.,1B) 2B Kyle Suire (ULM, Sr., 2B) Johnny Giavotella (New Orleans, Jr., 2B) SS Nick Arata (Florida Atlantic, Jr., SS) 3B Wade Gaynor (WKU, So., 3B) OF Matt Apfel (UALR, Jr., Outfield) OF Joey Butler (New Orleans, Sr., Outfield) OF Ray Kruml (South Alabama, Sr., Outfield) DH Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee, Fr., DH) Utility Ryan McMillan (ULM, Jr., Utility) Michael Precise (Troy, Jr., Utility)
Player of the Year: Mike McKenna (Florida Atlantic, Sr. Outfield)
Pitcher of the Year: Bryan Cryer (New Orleans, Sr., SP)
Newcomer of the Year: Chad Cregar (WKU, Jr., DH)
Freshman of the Year: Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee, Fr., DH)
Ron Maestri Coach of the Year: Jeff Schexnaider (ULM)