Angelo State senior Lee Neumann has been named the Lone Star Conference's Co-Player of the Year for the second straight season, while David Goggin earned Freshman of the Year and Jake Feckley and Andrew LaCombe were first-team selections to highlight conference honors which were released on Wednesday.
The Rams, who open the conference tournament at 7 p.m. on Friday against West Texas A&M at Wilder Park in Canyon, had three first-team, five second-team and one honorable mention selection. ASU players on the LSC second team are Mike Weatherly, Quaid McKinnon, Christian Summers, Reggie Rodriguez and Tyler Coughenour. Ryan Greer earned honorable mention.
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Neumann is the first Angelo State player to earn the top conference award in consecutive seasons after leading the conference with seven triples, 45 RBI, 106 total bases and was second with six home runs, 64 hits and 45 runs scored in the regular season. He shares the award with Texas A&M-Kingsville's Taylor Taska.
“He is a great competitor who really did a great job responding to the expectations that were on him following last season,” ASU head coach Kevin Brooks said. “It can be difficult to manage, but he came back this year concentrating on getting better and being Lee Neumann and not forcing anything. He's had the success he's had because he worked hard.”
Goggin, who was named LSC Freshman of the Year, led the Rams with a .351 batting average in conference games this season and is hitting .321 overall in his first season out of Red Wing, Minn. Playing a dual defensive role at catcher and in the outfield, Goggin has 31 singles, three doubles and 18 RBI.
“David has been a real solid surprise for us,” Brooks said. “We knew he was going to be solid, but he's been a lot more than that. He really has the mentality of a junior or senior. He's been huge for us.”
LaCombe, who earned first-team honors at catcher for the second straight year, finished the regular season with a .331 batting average and in a three-way tie for second with 42 RBI. He was fourth on the team with 54 hits and had 14 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI performances. He was also named the conference's Academic Player of the Year this week.
Feckley (9-3) enters the conference tournament having won his last five starts, including earning the win in last Saturday's doubleheader opener at Abilene Christian. The junior right hander has four complete games this season and is second in the conference with a 2.08 ERA. He has 54 strikeouts in 65 innings of work this season and was a second-team selection last year.
“Every weekend he's getting better,” Brooks said. “There have been a number of games where he's single-handedly carries us to wins by going out there and dominating the game.”
Weatherly (6-3), a right-handed senior from Mesquite who was selected to the LSC second-team, has a 2.88 ERA this season with a team-leading 55 strikeouts in 65.2 innings of work. McKinnon is hitting .313 with 38 singles, 13 doubles, three home runs and a triple in his senior season out of Phoenix, Ariz. He leads ASU with 18 multi-hit games this season and has four multi-RBI games. The Rams' first baseman was selected as a second-team all-conference performer and is the reigning LSC tournament MVP. Rodriguez is hitting .331 with 34 singles, 14 doubles, three home runs, a triple and 30 RBI.
Summers enters the tournament with a .340 batting average in his first season at ASU where he earned second-team all-conference honors at shortstop. Along with his 14 doubles, he has five triples, two home runs and 22 RBI. His five triples put him in a three-way tie for second in the conference. Coughenour is hitting .301 with 40 singles, six doubles, three triples and a home run. Coughenour, who earned second-team all-conference honors as a utility player after playing at second base and short stop this season, leads the Rams with 24 stolen bases and is second in the conference.
Greer has reached base in a team-leading 13 straight games and is hitting .309 with eight doubles, three triples and two home runs. A senior from Glendale, Ariz., Greer has stolen 22 bases this season and 51 in his career at ASU. He is third in the program's history in steals and first in fielding percentage at .994. Greer, who was second on the team with 56 hits in the regular season and an honorable mention selection, has not made an error this season with 78 putouts and six assists from the outfield.