The team was selected based on nominees from the four-year baseball playing schools in the state and then voted on by a panel of LSWA members.
Rick Jones of Tulane, edged out
Chad Clement of McNeese State for Coach of the Year, while Green Wave while
Green Wave first baseman Mark Hamilton was chosen as the hitter of the year.
Louisiana-Lafayette picked up the honors for Pitcher of the Year in Hunter Moody and Newcomer of the Year for first-year non-freshman players in the state with Canadian Devery Van De Keere.
Also in recognition of its national championship on the junior college level, the LSWA also decided to name LSU-Eunice Coach Jeff Willis as an honorary coach of the year for his efforts this season.
The first team as selected by the voters in addition to pitcher Moody, first baseman Hamilton and outfielder McFadden included: Pitchers -- Bryan Cryer of UNO, Danny Davis of McNeese State and Sean Morgan of Tulane; Catcher -- Jonathan Lucroy of Louisiana-Lafayette; Second Base -- Brandon Morgan of Northwestern State; Shortstop -- Ben Soignier of Louisiana-Monroe; Third Base -- Ryan Hamilton, Louisiana Tech; Outfield -- Mike Epping of UNO, Quinn Stewart of LSU; DH -- Steven Waguespack of LSU; Utility -- Jericho Jones, Louisiana Tech.
For Jones, it was a matter of
keeping his team together after the hurricane as he planned to field one of the
youngest teams in his 13 years at Tulane. The team spent the fall semester in
McFadden also doubled up for the Wave, earning LSWA and C-USA Freshman honors as well as first-team All-C-USA. The team leader in batting average at .381, he also had 22 doubles and 48 RBI. He had 29 multiple-hit games, including a 4-for-5 night against Southern Miss and nine-multi RBI games, including two four-RBI contests.
The Cajuns' Moody had the only double figure win total of any pitcher nominated, posting a 12-2 mark with a 2.63 ERA. He struck out 86 in 113 innings pitched with a .239 opposing batting average. He was named the Sun Belt's Pitcher of the Year and was a Roger Clemons Award nominee. His 12 wins ranked third in the NCAA and he was a perfect 7-0 in conference.
Van De Keere, a junior from Barrhead, Alberta, Canada, earned the state's top newcomer after earning first-team All-Sun Belt honors for Louisiana-Lafayette after leading the Cajuns with a .368 batting average with 41 RBI, nine home runs and a .582 slugging percentage … He had 22 multiple hit and 11 multiple RBI games and made starts for the Cajuns at third base, first base, designated hitter and in the outfield.
The second team consisted of:
Pitchers -- Derek Blacksher,
Honorable Mention selections were:
First Base -- Calvin Anderson, Southern;
P/Bryan Cryer/UNO/So./Denham Springs, La./7-1, 2.72 ERA, 108 Ks, All-Sun Belt
P/Danny Davis/McNeese St./Jr./Slidell, La./8-0, 2.43 ERA, SLC Pitcher of Year
P/Hunter Moody/UL-Lafayette/So./Clinton, La./12-2, 2.63 ERA, 3rd in NCAA in Ws
P/Sean Morgan/Tulane/So./Luling, La./8-5, 3.32 ERA, First Team C-USA
C/Jonathan Lucroy/UL-Lafayette/So./Umatilla, Fla./.333, 12 HR, 68 RBI leads team
1B/Mark Hamilton/Tulane/Jr../Bellaire, Texas/.338, C-USA POY, Unanimous All-LA
2B/Brandon Morgan/Northwestern St./Sr./Fort Worth, Texas/.352, 1st Team All-SLC
SS/Ben Soignier/UL-Monroe/Fr./West Monroe, La./.348, 30 RBI, SLC Top Freshman
OF/Mike Epping/UNO/Sr./Oklahoma City, Okla./.400, 58 RBI, First Team Sun Belt
OF/Quinn Stewart/LSU/Sr./Rowlett, Texas/.287, 23 HR (2nd NCAA), 1st team SEC
DH/Steven Waguespack/LSU/Jr./Thibodaux, La./.321, team's top hitter, .355 SEC gms
Util/Jericho Jones/La. Tech/Fr./Corinth, Texas/.357, 16 HR, WAC Top Freshman
HITTER OF THE YEAR -- Mark Hamilton, Tulane
Votes -- Hamilton 8, Mike Epping 3, Quinn Stewart 3
PITCHER OF THE YEAR -- Hunter Moody, Louisiana-Lafayette
Votes -- Moody 9, Sean Morgan 3, Danny Davis 2
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR -- Warren McFadden, Tulane
Votes -- McFadden 5.5,
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR --
Votes -- Van De Keere 8, Steve Waguespack 5, Derek Blacksher 1
COACH OF THE YEAR -- Rick Jones, Tulane
Votes -- Jones 8,
Second Team All-Louisiana
Pitchers -- Derek Blacksher, McNeese State (7-3, 3.01); Chase Dardar, LSU (6-3, 3.19); Jason Fernandez, Louisiana-Lafayette (9-2, 2.86); Buddy Glass, Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3, 2.17 ERA); Billy Mohl, Tulane (8-0, 3.99 ERA).
Catcher -- Matt Liuzza, LSU (.317, 3 HR, 21 RBI).
First Base -- Tyler Dugas,
Second Base - J. T. Wise, LSU (.299, 11 HR, 40 RBI
Shortstop -- Michael Hollander, LSU (.280, 5 HR, 33 RBI)
Third Base -- Bryan Cartie,
Outfield -- Charlie Kingrey,
DH -- Justin Darr, Centenary (.339, 37 RBI)
First Base -- Calvin Anderson, Southern; Jefferies Tatford, Louisiana-Lafayette; Second Base -- Johnny Giavotella, UNO; Shortstop -- Jameson Parker, Louisiana-Lafayette; Brandon Revis, Southern. Outfield -- Nathan Southard, Tulane. Utility -- Will Harris, LSU.