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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

 

Pitchers

 

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

 

Pitchers

 

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

 

Pitchers

 

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 —

 

 

 

Jeff Schneider
Assistant Sports Information Director
University of Louisiana

Cox Communications Athletics Center 
201 Reinhardt Drive 
Lafayette, LA   70506 

Office: (337) 482-6332 
Cell: (225) 241-8430 
E-mail: 
schneider@louisiana.edu 
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