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Baseball: Angel Receives Preseason SBC Honors, Louisiana Picked Third in West Division

Angel is one of three starting pitchers to get an SBC preseason nod


LAFAYETTE – Conor Angel has been named to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team, while Louisiana was picked to finish third in the West Division, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.

Already labeled as a Preseason All-Conference pick by PerfectGame.org, Angel added another preseason accolade to his name. Before touching 98 on the gun in the fall, Angel owned a 3.74 ERA and held opposing batters to a .221 average in 21.2 innings pitched in 2020.

Angel fanned 26 of the 93 batters he faced and gave up two or less earned runs in four of five appearances last year. His top performance during the shortened 2020 campaign came against Virginia Tech, when he pitched 7.1 innings of shutout baseball and fanned seven batters.

The Canadian joins Aaron Funk (Little Rock) and Jordan Jackson (Georgia Southern) as the three starting pitchers on the All-Conference squad.

The Louisiana Baseball team was picked third in the Sun Belt West Division in the Preseason Coaches Poll and received two first-place votes.

A full list of the Preseason Coaches Poll and All-Conference team is listed below.
Baseball: East Preseason Coaches’ Poll        
Coastal Carolina – 69 (10)
South Alabama – 51 (1)               
Georgia Southern – 51 (1)
Troy – 44   
App State – 21
Georgia State – 16      
Baseball: West Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Texas State – 65 (6)   
UTA – 58 (4)
Louisiana – 52 (2)          
Little Rock – 33           
ULM – 27    
Arkansas State – 13
Baseball: Preseason Player of the Year
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama 
Baseball: Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Aaron Funk, Little Rock
Baseball: Full All-Sun Belt Team
SP: Aaron Funk, Little Rock                
SP: Jordan Jackson, Ga. Southern      
SP: Conor Angel, Louisiana                
RP: W. Divis, UTA
RP: Lance Johnson, Troy
C: Caleb Bartolero, Troy 
1B: William Sullivan, Troy
2B: Luke Drumheller, App State
SS: Drew Frederic, Troy
3B: Cooper Weiss, Coastal Carolina
OF: Ethan Wilson, South Alabama     
OF: Parker Chavers, Coastal Carolina 
OF: Rigsby Mosley, Troy
UTL: Andrew Beesley, ULM
DH: Elian Merejo, Georgia State