BAXTER AND WARRICK EARN SECOND TEAM ALL-SLC HONORS
May 23, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas - Senior right-handed pitcher Jake Baxter and sophomore outfielder Nathan Warrick were named to the 2005 All-Southland Conference Baseball Team, released by the conference office on Monday. The team was voted on by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Six other members of the team were honored as first baseman Ryan Nelson was named to the third team, and second baseman Aaron Batlle, catcher Brett Lewis, designated hitter Boomer Welles, pitcher Grant Varnell and pitcher Dillon Gee were all named honorable mention.
Baxter (Westminster, Calif.) was named to the second team after finishing the regular season with a record of 7-6 and an SLC best 2.35 ERA. Baxter also led the league with 111 innings pitched and was second with six complete games and fourth with 92 strikeouts.
Warrick (Belton, Texas) led the Mavs offense with a .333 average, 57 hits, 39 runs scored, .427 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases. He also leads the team with 22 infield hits, including 12 bunt singles.
Nelson (Carrollton, Texas) earned third team honors after hitting .293 with 14 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBIs. He hit .320 with 19 RBIs in 26 conference games.
Batlle (Arlington, Texas) was named honorable mention for the third straight season after hitting .273 and a team leading 17 doubles, five home runs and 39 RBIs.
Lewis (Rockwall, Texas) hit .271 with 11 double and 24 RBIs, but showed his worth behind the plate. Lewis has thrown out 22-of-45 (.488) attempted base stealers overall, and 14-of-23 (.609) in SLC games. He has also picked off two runners.
Welles (Beverly Hills, Calif.) has emerged over the last six weeks and is hitting .344 with three home runs. His numbers are even better in conference as he finished with a .415 average.
Varnell (Allen, Texas) finished the regular season with a 7-2 record with a 3.54 ERA. He was second on the team with 101.2 innings pitched and 69 strikeouts, while walking only 18.
Gee (Cleburne, Texas) made an impact in his freshman season as went 5-7 with a 5.52 ERA and one save. He threw 75 innings and tossed a complete-game shutout against then-No. 12 Baylor.
The Mavs will open action in the Southland Conference Tournament against Lamar on May 25. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches, La.