Sun Belt Announces Season Honors

TROY, Ala. – The South Alabama duo of Kevin Hill and head coach Mark Calvi along with UL Lafayette’s Blake Trahan and Gunner Leger were honored by the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday night as the end of season awards were handed out at the 2015 Baseball Championship Family Night at Riddle-Pace Field in Troy, Ala.

Hill was named the league’s Pitcher of the Year with Calvi being named the league’s Ron Maestri Coach of the Year. Trahan was named the Player of the Year, and Leger, the Freshman of the Year. All awards given were decided by a vote of the conference’s 11 baseball head coaches.

Hill, a senior right-hander, led the Sun Belt with nine wins on the year and a 1.79 ERA in 80.2 innings pitched. He allowed opponents to hit a Sun Belt low .197 against him in his 11 appearances. Hill allowed just 19 runs on the year while striking out 92 batters.

Hill, a 2015 Preseason All-SBC First-Team selection, became the first Jaguar to be named the Pitcher of the Year since P.J. Walters in 2006.

Trahan, the 2013 Freshman of the Year, hit .332 on the year with a .448 on-base percentage, which ranks fourth overall in the league. He scored 45 runs on the year and had 69 hits. His runs scored rank fourth and hits sixth in the league. Trahan is the only player in the Sun Belt named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List.

Trahan’s Player of the Year award marks the first back-to-back honors for the same team since 2010-11. Last year, Jace Conrad earned Player of the Year honors for the Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Cajuns’ Leger claimed the Freshman of the Year award after leading the Cajuns and finishing seventh overall with an ERA of 2.90. Leger finished the season with a 6-4 record in 14 games started. He struck out 70 batters and walked 15 in 87 innings. Leger is the second Cajun to be named Freshman of the Year and is the fourth pitcher in the last five years to be named Freshman of the Year.

Jaguar head coach Mark Calvi earned his second Sun Belt coaching accolade in the last three years after guiding the Jaguars to a Sun Belt regular season title and an overall record of 34-19. Calvi’s squad had an eight-win improvement on last year’s conference record as the Jaguars posted a 19-9 record in 2015 compared to an 11-18 record in 2014.

Calvi’s Jaguars were picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll and will be seeking their first Sun Belt tournament title since 2005.

The Ragin’ Cajuns led all teams with six total selections between first- and second-team All-SBC, two coming on the All-SBC First Team.

Georgia State and South Alabama each had three selections on the All-SBC First Team. The Cajuns placed four on the All-SBC Second Team with the Troy Trojans posting three on the Second Team.

The 2015 Sun Belt Baseball Championship begins play on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m. CT with the first of four matchups. No. 4 Georgia Southern and No. 5 Georgia State will hit the field followed by No. 1 South Alabama and No. 8 Arkansas State at 12:30 p.m. CT. The afternoon session begins with No. 3 UL Lafayette taking on No. 6 Texas State at 4:00 p.m. CT followed by the day's final matchup between No. 7 UT Arlington and tournament host and No. 2 Troy at 7:30 p.m. CT.

All games will be available via web stream on SunBeltSports.org. All weekend games, including Sunday’s championship, will be aired live on ESPN3.

All-Sun Belt Baseball First Team

Taylor Thurber (Appalachian State, Senior, SP)

Evan Challenger (Georgia Southern, RS-Sophomore, SP)

Kevin Hill (South Alabama, Senior, SP)

Ben Taylor (South Alabama, Senior, RP)

Joey Roach (Georgia State, Junior, C)

Matt Rose (Georgia State, Junior, 1B)

Stefan Trosclair (UL Lafayette, Junior, 2B)

Blake Trahan (UL Lafayette, Junior, SS)

Tanner Rockwell (UALR, Senior, 3B)

Aaron Mizell (Georgia Southern, Senior, OF)

Ryan Blanton (Georgia State, Sophomore, OF)

Cole Billingsley (South Alabama, RS-Sophomore, OF)

Zach George (Arkansas State, RS-Senior, UTL)

David Hall (Troy, Senior, DH)

All-Sun Belt Baseball Second Team

Gunner Leger (UL Lafayette, Freshman, SP)

Grant Bennett (Troy, Junior, SP)

Lucas Brown (Troy, Junior, SP)

Dylan Moore (UL Lafayette, Freshman, RP)

Chase Griffin (Georgia Southern, Senior, C)

Levi Scott (UT Arlington, Senior, 1B)

Dillon Dobson (Appalachian State, Junior, 2B)

Travis Sibley (UT Arlington, Senior, SS)

Keelin Rasch (UL Monroe, Senior, 3B)

Kyle Clement (UL Lafayette, Junior, OF)

Granger Studdard (Texas State, Sophomore, OF)

Logan Hill (Troy, Junior, OF)

Anthony Herrera (UL Monroe, Sophomore, UTL)

Tyler Girouard (UL Lafayette, Senior, DH)

Sun Belt Baseball Player of the Year

Blake Trahan (UL Lafayette, Junior, SS)

Sun Belt Baseball Pitcher of the Year

Kevin Hill (South Alabama, Senior, SP)

Sun Belt Baseball Freshman of the Year

Gunner Leger (UL Lafayette, Freshman, SP)

Sun Belt Baseball Ron Maestri Coach of the Year

Mark Calvi, South Alabama


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