BSB: Maverick Trio Tabbed Preseason All-Conference

Jan. 31, 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA baseball catcher Will Olson, starting pitcher Trae Patterson and slugger Omar Salinas have been voted to the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference team by the league coaches, it was announced by the conference office on Wednesday morning.

The trio of Mavericks were each named All-Sun Belt in 2017 after breakout seasons. UTA returns four members of the All-Sun Belt team in 2017, including senior right-hander Daniel James, who paced the circuit with 13 saves as a junior.

A native of Sherman, Texas, Olson was named second-team All-Sun Belt as a redshirt sophomore in 2017, making 39 starts behind the plate and hitting .322. He was a steady presence from the left side of the plate, reaching base safely in 44 of his 46 starts. Olson owned a team-high .439 on-base percentage, belting nine doubles and two homers, while driving in 28. Behind the plate, Olson threw out eight would-be basestealers.

Patterson, a native of Haslet, Texas, went 7-4 with a 2.75 ERA in his UTA debut season after transferring from North Central Texas, Kansas State and Cisco. He posted a 6-2 mark and a 2.59 ERA in conference play, leading the team in innings (98.1). Patterson spun 11 quality starts as a junior, including working at least six innings without an earned run in matchups with ULM, Arkansas State and No. 29 Coastal Carolina.

A product of Arlington High School, Salinas had a breakout 2017 season as a first-team All-Sun belt selection. He led the Mavs in average (.333), doubles (11), hits (65), runs (45), homers (11), RBI (44), walks (33), slugging (.559 and on-base percentage (.439). Salinas hit .366 in Sun Belt play with 10 of his 11 homers. Salinas reached base safely in 46 of his 50 starts. While playing his home games in massive Clay Gould Ballpark, Salinas hit .286 at home and .378 on the road. He tallied two four-hit games, five games of at least three RBI and totaled two multi-homer games.



UTA opens its 2018 season on Feb. 16 with a three-game series at Clay Gould Ballpark with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.  

2018 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team
Andrew Crane (Troy, Senior, Starting Pitcher)
Trae Patterson (UTA, Senior, Starting Pitcher)
Seth Shuman (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Starting Pitcher)
Dylan Moore (Louisiana, Senior, Relief Pitcher)
Will Olson (UTA, Junior, Catcher)
Wells Davis (South Alabama, Junior, First Base)
Jonathan Ortega (Texas State, Junior, Second Base)
Drew LaBounty (South Alabama, Senior, Shortstop)
Jaylen Hubbard (Texas State, Junior, Third Base)
Brendan Donovan (South Alabama, Junior, Outfielder)
Brandon Lockridge (Troy, Junior, Outfielder)
Travis Swaggerty (South Alabama, Junior, Outfielder)
Omar Salinas (UTA, Senior, Designated Hitter)
Dylan Paul (Texas State, Senior, Utility Player)

2018 Preseason Player of the Year
Travis Swaggerty (South Alabama, Junior, Outfielder)

2018 Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Andrew Crane (Troy, Senior, Starting Pitcher)

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