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Baseball: Cajuns Place Three On 2017 All-Louisiana Baseball Team

 Leger named to first team; Marks, Sensley earn second-team honors

LSWA Baseball

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns pitchers Gunner Leger and Wyatt Marks, along with outfielder Steven Sensley, earned more postseason honors as the trio was named to the 2017 All-Louisiana Baseball Team in a release by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The team was selected by a statewide panel of college baseball sports information directors and media members.

Leger, named to the first team, posted a 10-2 record on the mound with was 22nd in the nation with a 1.97 earned run average. Leger became the first player in program history to be named a semifinalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The southpaw combined to post six shutouts on the season and limited opponents to two or fewer hits in five appearances. The Lake Charles native ranked in the top 50 nationally in hits allowed per nine inning and WHIP and came within an out of posting a no-hitter against Saint Peter's.

Marks, who was named to the second team, was 2-1 on the season with a 2.28 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 59.1 innings of work. He led the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (15.17) and hits allowed per nine innings (4.4) during the season for Louisiana. His 15.17 strikeouts per nine ranks eighth best all-time in the NCAA record book. The Lafayette native ranked 15th nationally in WHIP, 41st in ERA and 49th in appearances. Marks became the sixth player in Division I baseball since 2003 to post 100 strikeouts in a season without making a start, while setting a school record for strikeouts in a season by a reliever

Sensley, a second team selection, claimed the Triple Crown for Louisiana leading the team in average (.314), home runs (11) and RBI (46). He finished the season on a 26-game on base streak and ranked sixth in the Sun Belt in home runs and seventh in RBI. He posted 16 multi-hit games and a team-best 12 multi-RBI games.

LSU's Greg Deichmann claimed Hitter of the Year honors with Alex Lange being tabbed as the state's Pitcher of the Year and Eric Walker earning Freshman of the Year honors. Head coach Paul Mainieri was named the LSWA Coach of the Year after leading LSU to the SEC regular-season and tournament title.
 
McNeese State's Robbie Podorsky, named to the honorable mention team, was selected as Newcomer of the Year.

2017 ALL-LOUISIANA BASEBALL TEAM
HITTER OF THE YEAR:
Greg Deichmann, LSU
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Alex Lange, LSU
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Robbie Podorsky, McNeese
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Eric Walker, LSU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Mainieri, LSU
 
FIRST TEAM
Pitchers -
Nate Harris, Louisiana Tech; Alex Lange, LSU; Gunner Leger, Louisiana; Mac Sceroler, Southeastern Louisiana.
Catcher – Brent Diaz, Louisiana Tech
First Base – Hunter Williams, Tulane
Second Base – Joe Provenzano, McNeese
Third Base – Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana
Shortstop – Kramer Robertson, LSU
Outfield – Greg Deichmann, LSU; Raphael Gladu, Louisiana Tech; Shane Selman, McNeese
Utility – Drew Avans, Southeastern Louisiana
Designated Hitter - Hezekiah Randolph, New Orleans
 
SECOND TEAM
Pitchers –
Zack Hess, LSU; Wyatt Marks, Louisiana; Jared Poche', LSU; Eric Walker, LSU
Catcher – Michael Papierski, LSU
First Base – David Fry, Northwestern State
Second Base – Cole Freeman, LSU
Third Base - Matt Gallier, McNeese
Shortstop – Kevin Rosario, LSU-Shreveport
Outfield - Antoine Duplantis, LSU; Michael Schimpf, Centenary; Steven Sensley, Louisiana
Utility - Jonathan Washam, Louisiana Tech
Designated Hitter - Jarret Dehart, Tulane
 
HONORABLE MENTION
C -
John Cable, New Orleans; 2B - Jordan Washam, Louisiana Tech; OF - Robbie Podorsky, McNeese; Zach Watson, LSU; UTIL - Ricky Ramirez, Jr., McNeese; Seth Stevens, Louisiana College.



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