Southland Conference Announces 2021 Baseball All-Academic Teams

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 2:13 PM CDT
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FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston outfielder Colton Cowser is the 2021 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Tuesday along with the all-academic teams. Student-Athlete of the Year awards are presented by GEICO.

The Southland Conference Player of the Year boasts a 3.79 GPA in construction management and picks up his second career academic all-conference nod. The Golden Spikes Award finalist was also named to the Southland All-Defensive team and garnered All-Southland Conference Tournament honors. Cowser enters next month’s MLB Draft as the No. 10 prospect, according to

In conference play, Cowser tied for the league lead with 11 home runs and ranked second in slugging percentage (.667), on-base percentage (.470) and runs scored (37). He registered 13 multi-hit performances in 33 games against Southland foes. In six games at the conference tournament, Cowser hit 11-for-21 (.524) with nine runs, six RBI, three doubles and a pair of home runs to help guide the Bearkats to the championship game.

Abilene Christian, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi led the way with four selections apiece, followed by Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana with three each. UIW, Lamar, New Orleans and Sam Houston each placed two on the teams, and Nicholls and Northwestern State each have one honoree.

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Itchy Burts, who garners his fourth all-academic nod, headlines a group of 11 multi-year honorees.

Four individuals own a perfect 4.00 GPA in Central Arkansas’ Logan Gilbertson, UIW’s Ridge Rogers, Northwestern State’s Levi David and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Luke Marbach. The average mark for the teams is 3.69.

Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by the head coach, sports information director and an academic staff member from each member school. Student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify. Nominees who were on the all-conference first team are automatically named Southland All-Academic.

The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Student-Athlete of the Year. Student-Athlete of the Year candidates must have earned at least a 3.20 GPA and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.

2021 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year: Colton Cowser, Sam Houston

2021 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic First Team

Name School Cl. GPA Major

Mitchell Dickson* Abilene Christian Sr. 3.89 Financial Management

Colton Eager*2 Abilene Christian Sr. 3.67 Management

Tyler Cleveland* Central Arkansas Fr. 3.50 Physical Education/Teacher Education

Lee Thomas* UIW Gr. 3.71 Management Information Systems

Will Dion* McNeese Jr. 3.07 Sports & Wellness Management

Tre Obregon III McNeese Gr. 3.75 Criminal Justice

Clayton Rasbeary*2 McNeese Gr. 3.62 Criminal Justice

Levi David Northwestern State Jr. 4.00 Business Administration

Colton Cowser*^2 Sam Houston Jr. 3.79 Construction Management

Evan Keller Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.82 Chemistry

Will Warren*2 Southeastern Louisiana Jr. 3.40 Kinesiology

Itchy Burts*4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.67 MBA

John Gaddis2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. 3.77 Biomedical Sciences

Luke Marbach2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 4.00 MBA

2021 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Second Team

Name School Cl. GPA Major

Hunter Gieser Abilene Christian Sr. 3.92 Finance

Miller Ladusau Abilene Christian Jr. 3.52 Management

Logan Gilbertson Central Arkansas Gr. 4.00 Health Promotion

Kolby Johnson Central Arkansas So. 3.96 Finance

Ridge Rogers2 UIW Sr. 4.00 Rehab Science

Cole Girouard2 Lamar Sr. 3.90 MBA

Kelby Weyler2 Lamar So. 3.94 Exercise Science

Julian Gonzales McNeese Jr. 3.94 Biology Pre Med

Gaige Howard New Orleans Sr. 3.58 Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Admin.

Darren Willis New Orleans Sr. 3.40 Psychology

Joe Taylor Nicholls Jr. 3.71 Finance

Jack Rogers2 Sam Houston Sr. 3.34 Spring, Texas

Tyler Finke Southeastern Louisiana So. 3.04 Sport Management

Mike Williams Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. 3.38 MBA

^ Student-Athlete of the Year

* Automatic selection

2 Two-time all-academic selection

4 Four-time all-academic selection