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Baseball: Conrad And Baranik Named To Louisville Slugger All-America Teams

LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns second baseman Jace Conrad garnered first team All-American accolades and Carson Baranik received third team mention on Thursday as Collegiate Baseball magazine unveiled the 2014 Louisville Slugger All-America team.




Conrad, the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, is the first Ragin’ Cajun named first team All-American since Phil Devey was bestowed the honor by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 1999. The junior is the third first team All-American in program history.




“This is quite an honor for Jace and Carson,” head coach Tony Robichaux said. “To be selected as one of the best players in the country at your position speaks to the kind of season that they have had. This honor is great not only for them as individuals, but also for our team to earn this kind of recognition. We have had a special season and it’s because of the work that both Jace and Carson put in all year long. Baseball is a sport that pays you back, and both of these guys are getting paid back for their hard work and effort.”




Conrad carries a career-best .367average as Louisiana (53-7) begins NCAA Regional action. His 84 hits top the squad while his 55 RBI are second highest.




The Lafayette native ranks Top 100 nationally in average, doubles, hits, runs, RBI, slugging percentage, total bases and stolen bases.




Baranik led the Cajuns pitching staff with 10 regular season victories en route to collecting Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year honors. The junior righty has held opponents to a .233 average and 81 hits over 92 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 69.




One of only 39 pitchers nationwide with at least 10 victories, Baranik has two complete games, two complete game shutouts and three combined shutouts to his credit.




The Cajuns have had 22 All-Americans in school history with the addition of Conrad and Baranik this season.




Louisiana opens play in the 2014 NCAA Lafayette Regional on Friday at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in a 6 p.m. contest against Jackson State.




2014 Louisville Slugger All-America Team (presented by Collegiate Baseball)




First Team




RHP Aaron Nola, LSU


LHP Ben Wetzler, Oregon St.


LHP Jace Fry, Oregon St.


RHP Andrew Morales, U.C. Irvine


LHP Nathan Kirby, Virginia


LHP Chris Diaz, Miami (Fla.)


Relief Michael, Cederoth San Diego St.


Relief Nick Burdi, Louisville




Position Players


C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw St.


1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita St.


2B Jace Conrad, Louisiana


3B Daniel Miles, Tennessee Tech.


SS Trea Turner, N.C. State


OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St.


OF Brandon Thomasson, Tennessee Tech.


OF Michael Katz, William & Mary


UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky




Second Team




LHP Blake Fox, Rice


RHP Josh Prevost, Seton Hall


RHP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian


RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson


RHP Mike Murray, Florida Gulf Coast


RHP Sam Street, Texas-Pan American


RHP Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville


RHP Tyler Davis, Washington


LHP Matt Imhof, Cal. Poly


RHP Casey Bloomquist, Cal. Poly


RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV


RHP Josh Frye, Long Beach St.


RHP Chase Mallard, Alabama-Birmingham


RHP Matt Warren, Creighton


Relief Sam Moore, U.C. Irvine


Relief Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma St.




Position Players


C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana


C Taylor Gushue, Florida


1B Sam Travis, Indiana


1B Nic Wilson, Georgia St.


1B Matt Tellor, S.E. Missouri


2B Ryan Seiz, Liberty


3B Connor Panas, Canisius


SS Dylan Bosheers, Tennessee Tech.


OF Jeff Gardner, Louisville


OF D.J. Stewart, Florida St.


OF Casey Jones, Elon


UT Aaron Brown, Pepperdine




Third Team




LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville


RHP Luke Weaver, Florida St.


LHP Joey DeNato, Indiana


RHP Carson Baranik, Louisiana


RHP Logan Shore, Florida


LHP Brandon Finnegan, Texas Christian


LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State


LHP Seth Varner, Miami (Ohio)


RHP Chance Sinclair, Nebraska


Relief Ryan Thompson, Campbell


Relief Nick Howard, Virginia


Relief Ryan Williams, East Carolina




Position Players


C Kevin Krause, Stony Brook


C Aramis Garcia, Florida International


1B Connor Joe, San Diego


1B Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento St.


1B Reagan Fowler, Creighton


1B Trent Miller, Middle Tennessee


2B Bradley Strong, Western Carolina


2B Mark Mathias, Cal. Poly


2B Andrew Daniel, San Diego


2B Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt


2B Hutton Moyer, Pepperdine


2B Jake Noll, Florida Gulf Coast


3B Dustin DeMuth, Indiana


3B Matt Chapman, Cal. St. Fullerton


3B Shane Hoelscher, Rice


3B Austin Anderson, Mississippi


SS Michael Russell, North Carolina


SS Sam Bumpers, Lamar


OF Zach Fish, Oklahoma St.


OF Jordan Luplow, Fresno St.


OF Chase Raffield, Georgia St.


OF Sean Godfrey, Ball St.


UT Louie Lechich, San Diego




— Ragin’ Cajuns —




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