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BSB: SLC Announces 2000's All-Decade Team


 

 

June 13, 2013

Southland Conference 2000's All-Decade Team

FRISCO, Texas – UT Arlington had seven former Mavericks named to the 2000's All-Decade team. Michael ChoiceMark Lowe, Adam Moore, Daniel Ortmeier, Matt Otteman, Hunter Pence and Ryan Roberts were honored with a selection.

The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its All-Decade Baseball Team from the 2000s. The team includes stars from its member institutions from the 2000 season through 2009.

A total of 56 student-athletes makeup the 2000s all-decade team, including honorees from 12 of the 13 institutions that made up the league during that era. Lamar leads all conference team with 10 selections, followed by Texas-Arlington with seven and McNeese State, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State with six selections apiece. Southeastern Louisiana had five, while former Southland teams Louisiana-Monroe, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State each had four. Nicholls had two selections while Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each had one.


 

 

“The new century brought more Southland baseball excellence between 2000 and 2009, with more NCAA berths and plenty of future big leaguers,” Southland commissioner Tom Burnett said. “Also, the decade again proved what a historical impact Lamar’s Jim Gilligan has made in the Southland, from his playing days in the 1960s to the recent years of coaching excellence.”

Gilligan, the winningest coach in Southland Conference history, is the coach of the all-decade team of the 2000s. Gilligan, who shared coach of the decade honors for the 1970s and 1980s and was a member of the 1960s all-decade team as a player, continued his historic run of success in his second term as the Cardinals’ head coach.

Lamar won 361 overall games from 2000-09, as well as 173 conference games on the way to a pair of regular-season (2003 and 2004) and tournament (2002 and 2004) titles. He led Lamar to three NCAA berths in 2002, 2003 and 2004, and the 2003 club was one win away from advancing to an NCAA Super Regional. His teams in the decade featured a player of the year, two hitters of the year, three pitchers of the year, three freshmen of the year, and 19 first-team All-Southland players.

A five-time Southland Conference coach of the year, Gilligan has 1,267 career wins which ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I coaches. All but 10 of those wins have come while he was at Lamar, where he has coached from 1973-86 and again from 1992-2013.

Among Gilligan’s players, 10 were selected onto the 2000 all-decade team, including three players who twice earned first-team all-conference honors. Catcher Michael Ambort was the 2005 Hitter of the Year after earning all-conference honors in both 2005 and 2007. Second baseman Blake Justice earned all-conference honors in 2002 and 2003, while pitcher Brian Sisk was a two-time, first-team all-conference selection in 2007 and 2008.

Another five of Lamar’s players were individual award winners, including outfielder Colin Delome, the 2006 Player and Hitter of the Year; pitcher Tim Erickson, the 2008 Pitcher of the Year; pitcher Jesse Floyd, the 2003 Pitcher of the Year; pitcher Clay Hensley, the most valuable player of the 2002 tournament; and, Kyle Stutes, the 2004 Pitcher of the Year. Outfielder Eric Kanaby was an all-conference pick in 2007, the same year he batted .406 to lead the Southland in batting.

Hensley has spent the last seven seasons in the Major Leagues. He was drafted in the eighth round by the San Francisco Giants, but was later traded to San Diego, where he made his big-league debut in 2006. He has since pitched for the Padres, Astros, Marlins, Giants and is currently with the Cincinnati Reds. Lamar’s other all-conference selection to make the team is first baseman Micah Hoffpauir, who earned all-league honors in 2002 and would later play three seasons (2008-10) with the Chicago Cubs, the team that drafted him in the 13th round in 2002.

Among the members of the decade team, there are another 25 players who combined to earn 34 individual awards during the decade, including player, hitter, pitcher and newcomer of the year. Six of those have been named both the player and hitter of the year, including Louisiana-Monroe third baseman Willie Core, the 2001 Player and Hitter of the Year; Texas-San Antonio third baseman Mark Schramek, the 2002 Player and Hitter of the Year; Texas-Arlington third baseman Ryan Roberts, the 2003 Player and Hitter of the Year to go with his newcomer of the year award in 2002; Texas-Arlington outfielder Hunter Pence, the 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year; Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, the 2008 Hitter of the Year and the 2009 Player and Hitter of the Year; and, Texas-Arlington outfielder Michael Choice, the 2010 Player and Hitter of the Year.

Additionally, Northwestern State pitcher O.J. King was the 2002 Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year and McNeese State first baseman Chris Williamson was the 2000 Hitter and Newcomer of the Year.

Goldschmidt, Pence and Roberts all have played in the Majors. Roberts made his Major League debut with Toronto in 2006 and has also played for Texas and Arizona before finding a home with Tampa Bay this season. Pence, a two-time MLB All-Star, made his debut in Houston in 2007 and has also played for Philadelphia and is currently for San Francisco. Goldschmidt has been with Arizona since 2011. Texas-Arlington’s Mark Lowe, has been on MLB rosters for eight seasons, making his debut in 2006. He has played for Seattle, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.

 A total of 17 members of the all-decade team were two-time first-team all-conference selections.

 Southland Conference 1970s All-Decade Team (2000-09; 56 players)

Name, Team

Pos.

All-SLC

Superlatives

Michael Ambort, Lamar

C

2005, 2007

2005 Hitter of the Year

Bubba Bell, Nicholls

OF

2005

2005 Batting Average Champion

Josh Boop, Northwestern State

OF

2003, 2004

 

Bryan Cartie, McNeese State

3B

2006, 2007

 

Michael Choice, Texas-Arlington

OF

2009, 2010

2010 Player and Hitter of the Year

Willie Core, Louisiana-Monroe

3B

2001

2001 Player and Hitter of the Year

Danny Davis, McNeese State

P

2006

2006 Pitcher of the Year

Colin Delome, Lamar

OF

2006

2006 Player and Hitter of the Year

Tim Erickson, Lamar

P

2008

2008 Pitcher of the Year

Stephen Flora, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

C

 

2008 Newcomer of the Year; 2008 Batting

Average Champion

Jesse Floyd, Lamar

P

2003

2003 Pitcher of the Year

Anthony Garibaldi, Southeastern Louisiana

P

 

2003 Newcomer of the Year; SLC Season (20) & Career (30) Saves Leader

Isa Garcia, Sam Houston State

2B

 

2005 Newcomer of the Year

Paul Goldschmidt, Texas State

1B

2008, 2009

2009 Player of the Year; 2008 & 2009 Hitter of the Year; 2011- MLB, Arizona

Matt Green, Louisiana-Monroe

P

2005

2005 Pitcher of the Year

Seth Hammock, Sam Houston State

3B

2008

2008 Batting Average Champion

Brad Hanson, Northwestern State

OF

2001, 2002

 

Clay Hensley, Lamar

P

2002

2002 Tournament MVP; 2005- MLB, San Diego, Florida, San Francisco, Cincinnati

Steven Hill, Stephen F. Austin

1B

2007

2007 Player and Hitter of the Year

Micah Hoffpauir, Lamar

1B

2002

2008-10 MLB, Chicago Cubs

Kane Holbrooks, Texas State

P

2009

2009 Pitcher of the Year

Chris Howay, McNeese State

P

2000

2000 Pitcher of the Year

Jared Howton, Texas-San Antonio

P

2001

2001 Pitcher of the Year

Ben Jones, Louisiana-Monroe

1B

2003, 2004

 

Blake Jones, Northwestern State

DH

2005

2005 Player of the Year

Blake Justice, Lamar

2B

2002, 2003

 

Eric Kanaby, Lamar

OF

2007

2007 Batting Average Champion

O.J. King, Northwestern State

P

2002

2002 Pitcher of the Year; 2001 Newcomer of the Year

Charlie Kingrey, McNeese State

OF

2006, 2007

 

Trent Lockwood, Texas-San Antonio

1B

 

2007 Newcomer of the Year

Mark Lowe, Texas-Arlington

P

 

2006- MLB, Seattle, Texas, Los Angeles (AL)

Dustin Martin, Sam Houston State

OF

2006

2006 Batting Average Champion

Wade Miley, Southeastern Louisiana

P

2008

2011- MLB, Arizona; 2012 MLB All-Star

Matt Miller, Texas State

OF

 

2004 Newcomer of the Year

Adam Moore, Texas-Arlington

C

2006

2006 Newcomer of the Year

Brandon Morgan, Northwestern State

2B

2004, 2006

 

Daniel Ortmeier, Texas-Arlington

OF

2001, 2002

 

Matt Otteman, Texas-Arlington

OF

2009

2009 Batting Average Champion

Matt Overman, Nicholls

P

 

2003 Strikeouts Leader

Hunter Pence, Texas-Arlington

OF

2003, 2004

2004 Hitter and Player of the Year; 2007- MLB, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco; Two-time MLB All-Star

Keith Prestridge, Texas State

DH

 

2009 Newcomer of the Year

Luke Prihoda, Sam Houston State

P

2007

2007 Pitcher of the Year

Braeden Riley, Sam Houston State

2B

2009

2009 & 2010 Hits Leader

Michael Rockett, Texas-San Antonio

OF

2008, 2009

2008 Player of the Year; SLC Career Leader in AB (940), Hits (337), Doubles (64), Total Bases (537) and RBI (210)

Bernard Robert, Southeastern Louisiana

P

2005

2005 ERA Leader

Ryan Roberts, Texas-Arlington

3B

2003

2003 Hitter and Player of the Year; 2002 Newcomer of the Year; 2006- MLB, Toronto, Texas, Arizona, Tampa Bay

Jordan Robison, Northwestern State

OF

2000, 2001

 

Randy Roth, Southeastern Louisiana

DH

 

2005 Hits Leader

Mark Schramek, Texas-San Antonio

3B

2002

2002 Hitter and Player of the Year

Brian Sisk, Lamar

P

2007, 2008

 

Kyle Stutes, Lamar

P

2004

2004 Pitcher of the Year

Kevin Mitchell, McNeese State

1B/DH

2000, 2001

 

Brent Varnado, Southeastern Louisiana

P

 

2008 ERA Leader

Bobby Verbick, Sam Houston State

OF

2007, 2008

 

Chris Williamson, McNeese State

1B

2000

2000 Hitter and Newcomer of the Year

Mike Wombacher, Louisiana-Monroe

P

 

2000 Player of the Year

 Coach of the Decade: Jim Gilligan, Lamar

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