Azar on ABCA All-Region first team

By: SHSU Sports Information Department/Paul Ridings
By: SHSU Sports Information Department/Paul Ridings

HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Sam Houston senior catcher Anthony Azar has been named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division I Central All-Region first-team. The Bearkat backstop was a second-team member last season.

Azar finished the season among the Southland’s top-five players in seven different categories, including leading the league in total bases (127). The senior from the Woodlands also ranks second in hits (86), RBI (47) and slugging percentage (.543), third in batting average (.368) and home runs (nine) and fourth in on-base percentage (.450).

The Southland Player of the Year was one of the toughest hitters to strike out in the nation, going down only 17 times in 234 at bats and drawing 27 walks. Azar has thrown out 21 attempted base-stealers on the year, which leads the league.

He managed the Bearkat pitching staff that had a 2.73 team ERA, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. He was also Sam Houston’s first semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the nation’s top catcher.

First-team selections will be considered as candidates for the ABCA All-America, which will be announced later this month.

FIRST TEAM
Position
First
Last
Year
School
State
SP
Blake
Fox
So.
Rice
Texas
SP
Andro
Cutura
Jr.
Southeast La.
Louisiana
SP
Mike
Franco
Jr.
FIU
Florida
RP
Chase
Wellbrock
Sr.
Houston
Texas
C
Anthony
Azar
Sr.
Sam Houston
Texas
1B
Casey
Grayson
Sr.
Houston
Texas
2B
Jace
Conrad
Jr.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana
3B
Brandon
Tierney
Sr.
TAMCC
Texas
SS
Blake
Trahan
So.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana
DH
Matt
Shortall
Sr.
UT-Arlington
Texas
OF
Caleb
Adams
Jr.
Louisiana
Louisiana
OF
Doug
Votolato
Sr.
Central Ark
Arkansas
OF
Andrew
Godbold
Jr.
Southeast La.
Louisiana

SECOND TEAM
Position
First
Last
Year
School
State
SP
Zac
Curtis
Sr.
Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
SP
Austin
Robichaux
Jr.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana
SP
Carson
Baranik
Jr.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana
RP
Tyler
Ford
Sr.
Houston
Texas
C
Aramis
Garcia
Jr.
FIU
Florida
1B
Tent
Miller
Sr.
Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
2B
Julio
Nunez
Jr.
Alabama A&M
Alabama
3B
Ryan
Leonards
Sr.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana
SS
Sam
Bumpers
Sr.
Lamar
Texas
DH
Waldyvan
Estrada
Jr.
Alabama State
Alabama
OF
Ryan
Bottger
Jr.
UT-Arlington
Texas
OF
Andrew
Utterback
Jr.
Alabama A&M
Alabama
OF
Seth
Harrison
Jr.
La.-Lafayette
Louisiana


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