HUNTSVILLE -- After leading Sam Houston State to its first winning season since 1998, its first league post-season tournament appearance since 2000, and its best conference finish since 1993, nine Bearkat baseball players have been recognized as All-Southland Conference for the 2007 season.
Luke Prihoda, senior right-handed reliever from Weimar, has been named Southland Conference "Pitcher of the Year." Prihoda se ta league record with 15 saves this season while tossing a 1.33 earned run average with a 5-3 record in 61 innings of relief with 58 strikeouts and just nine walks in 30 appearances for the Bearkats.
Prihoda also is one of three Bearkats to earn first team All-Southland
Conference honors. Junior outfielder Bobby Verbick of Angleton and senior designated hitter Karl Krailo also were named to the All-SLC first team.
Verbick hit .379 for the Bearkats, leading the team with 73 RBIs, 22
doubles, and 12 home runs this year. Krailo was .364 at the plate with 14 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBIs.
Junior outfielder Keith Stein of College Station and sophomore pitcher Jacob Howard of West Columbia were second team all-league selections.
Stein led the Bearkats in hitting with a .392 average. Howard compiled a
10-5 record on the mound with a 3.03 ERA.
Second baseman Clint Mann of Pearland, senior shortstop Jeremy Holzbach of
League City, junior outfielder Todd Sebek of Kerrville, and senior pitcher
Jesse Marshall of Montgomery were all honorable mention selections.
Marshall produced a 7-3 record and 3.50 earned run average as a starting
pitcher for the Bearkats. Sebek hit .330, Holzbach .293, and Mann .279.
Sam Houston State begins competition in the Southland Conference post-season
tournament in Natchitoches, LA, Wednesday. The Bearkats are seeded fourth in
the tournament and will play No. 3 seed Texas State-San Marcos at 7 p.m.
Wednesday in the first round.
Members of the All-Southland Conference squad are selected by vote of the
league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Steven Hill of Stephen F. Austin State was named both as SLC "Player of the
Year" and "Hitter of the Year." Trent Lockwood of UTSA was SLC "Newcomer of
the Year." Tim Palinesar of UTSA was "Freshman of the Year." Sherman Corbett
of UTSA was "Coach of the Year."
2007 All-Southland Conference Baseball Team
P LUKE PRIHODA SAM HOUSTON STATE
P Justin Fiske Texas St-San Marcos
P Brian Sisk Lamar
C Michael Ambort Lamar
1B Steven Hill Stephen F. Austin
2B Ryan Baker Lamar
3B Bryan Cartie McNeese St.
SS Brandon Richey Northwestern St.
OF BOBBY VERBICK SAM HOUSTON STATE
OF Charlie Kingray McNeese St
OF Eric Kanaby Lamar
DH KARL KRAILO SAM HOUSTON STATE
P JACOB HOWARD SAM HOUSTON STATE
P Allen Harrington Lamar
P Josh Blakley Texas-San Antonio
C Zach Etheredge Texas-San Antonio
1B David Wood Texas St-San Marcos
2B James Keithley Texas-San Antonio
3B Craig Nyborg Central Arkansas
SS Thomas Field Texas St-San Marcos
OF KEITH STEIN SAM HOUSTON STATE
OF Collin DeLome Lamar
OF Michael Rockett Texas-San Antonio
DH Chase Burch Southeastern Louisiana
P Lance Luetge Stephen F. Austin
P Erich Lehmann Stephen F. Austin
P Jason Baca Texas St.-San Marcos
C Joe Hulett McNeese State
1B Trent Lockwood Texas-San Antonio
2B Richard Imhoff Southeastern Louisiana
3B Ryan Saltzgaber Texas-San Antonio
SS Kyle Rudy Texas-Arlington
OF Chase Williams TX A&M-Corpus Christi
OF Aaron Garza Texas St-San Marcos
OF Jared Pitts Stephen F. Austin
SHSU HONORABLE MENTION SELECTIONS
2B CLINT MANN
SS JEREMY HOLZBACH
OF TODD SEBEK
P JESSE MARSHALL