Hunter Strong Central Arkansas 1B Jr. Sheridan, Ark. Name School Pos. Class Hometown All first team honorees are automatic selections as returners from last season’s all-conference teams. The Lions lead the first team with all three of their selections being named to top list, headlined by senior third baseman Taylor Schwaner. The reigning Southland Player of the Year notched a .330 batting average against league foes last season in 112 at-bats, including 41 RBIs and nine home runs with a .670 slugging percentage. Ethan Valdez Nicholls 2B Jr. San Antonio, Texas Corey Gaconi Southeastern Louisiana P Jr. Metaire, La. Hayden Wesneski Sam Houston State P So. Cypress, Texas Orynn Veillon New Orleans OF Jr. Lafayette, La. David Fry Northwestern State 1B Sr. Colleyville, Texas Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions. Bryan Warzek New Orleans P Jr. Clifton Park, N.Y. Ryan Gonzales UIW SS Jr. Corpus Christi, Texas Second Team First Team Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Jr. El Campo, Texas Grant Devore Lamar U Sr. Dallas, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State led all Southland baseball programs with four student-athletes named to the 2018 Preseason All-Conference Teams, the league announced Tuesday. Andrew Fregia Sam Houston State 3B Jr. Liberty, Texas Last season’s Relief Pitcher of the Year JT Newton of Houston Baptist and Freshman of the Year Hayden Wesneski of Sam Houston State also return, along with Newcomer of the Year Josh Evans returning for Stephen F. Austin.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 16 with 13 games, starting when Houston Baptist welcomes Western Michigan at 2 p.m. CT. Grant Anderson McNeese P Jr. Beaumont, Texas Luis Trevino Abilene Christian C Jr. Mission, Texas JT Newton Houston Baptist P Jr. Bangs, Texas Drew Avans Southeastern Louisiana U Sr. Alabaster, Ala. Hunter Hearn Sam Houston State OF Jr. Crosby, Texas Tyler Gray Central Arkansas P Sr. Fort Smith, Ark. Josh Evans Stephen F. Austin DH Sr. Ponca City, Okla. 2018 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams Tyler Depreta-Johnson Houston Baptist SS Sr. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Shane Selman McNeese OF Jr. Lake Charles, La. The 2017 Southland Hitter of the Year also returns in McNeese junior Shane Selman. Selman hit .362 last season against conference opponents in 127 at-bats, tallying 10 home runs. Robin Adames Lamar DH Jr. The Bronx, N.Y. Dalton Stark Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. Cypress, Texas Keaton Presley Central Arkansas OF Sr. Springfield, Mo. Central Arkansas, McNeese, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana all earned a trio of selections while Houston Baptist and Lamar each earned two picks. Abilene Christian, UIW, Nicholls, Northwestern State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all garnered one spot. Joe Provenzano McNeese 2B Sr. Downers Grove, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown John Cable New Orleans C Sr. Roswell, Ga. Taylor Schwaner Southeastern Louisiana 3B Sr. Slidell, La.