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February 12th, 2008
Preseason Southland Conference baseball polls

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

FRISCO – The votes are in and the Texas State Bobcats baseball team is picked to come in third place in the Southland Conference West Division this year. The voting is done by the coaches and sports information directors of each school. The polls were identical except for the fifth and sixth rankings in the West Division. UTSA received the most points in both polls.

The Bobcats received two 1st place votes in the coaches poll and one 1st place vote in the sports information directors poll. When the votes were tallied, the Bobcats were a solid 3rd place team in each poll. The UTSA Roadrunners received a league best 18 out of a possible 24 first place votes in both polls to lead the west. The Pre-Season All-Conference teams were also selected. Returning players who were named All-Southland Conference following the 2007 season were automatically placed on the 2008 Preseason teams. Open positions were filled by a vote of the league’s head coaches.The Bobcats have one Pre-Season 1st Team player, two 2nd Team selections and three honorable mentions. The honorable mention selections were 2B-Adam Witek, OF-Laurn Randell and DH-Ben Theriot. The 2nd team All-Conference players were Sophomore 3B Paul Goldschmidt from The Woodlands and Junior P Mike Hart from Staten Island, N.Y. The 1st team selection was Junior SS Thomas Field form Hewitt, Texas. Field was a Second-Team All-Southland Conference selection in 2007. He led the Bobcats in runs scored (61) and finished third on the team in hits (64) and RBI’s (37).

The 2008 Southland season gets underway February 22nd.
2008 SOUTHLAND BASEBALL PRESEASON POLLS

(HEAD COACHES)
EAST DIVISION
School (1st place votes) Points
1. Lamar (7) ………………………… …………..62
2. Southeastern Louisiana (5) ……………….58
3. Northwestern State ……………………….. .42
4. McNeese State ………………………… ……39
5. Central Arkansas ………………………… …30
6. Nicholls State ………………………… ……..15

WEST DIVISION
School (1st place votes) Points
1. UTSA (8) ………………………… ……………63
2. Sam Houston State (2) ……………………..53
3. Texas State (2) ………………………… …….52
4. Stephen F. Austin ………………………… …30
5. A&M-Corpus Christi ……………………….24
6. UT Arlington ………………………… ……….20

(SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS)
EAST DIVISION
School (1st place votes) Points
1. Lamar (9) ………………………… …………..64
2. Southeastern Louisiana (3) ……………….51
3. Northwestern State ……………………….. .47
4. McNeese State ………………………… ……43
5. Central Arkansas ………………………… …30
6. Nicholls State ………………………… ……..17

WEST DIVISION
School (1st place votes) Points
1. UTSA (10) ………………………… ………….70
2. Sam HoustonState (1) ………………………57
3. Texas State (1) ………………………… …….50
4. Stephen F. Austin ………………………… …34
5. UT Arlington ………………………… ……….24
6. A&M-Corpus Christi ………………………16

2008 All-Southland Conference Preseason Baseball Teams
FIRST TEAM
(Automatic selections based on 2007 All-SLC)*
1B Trent Lockwood* UTSA Sr. Groesbeck, Texas
2B James Keithley* UTSA Jr. San Antonio, Texas
3B Ty Summerlin Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Vancleave, Miss.
SS Thomas Field* Texas State Jr. Hewitt, Texas
C Zach Etheredge* UTSA Sr. Boerne, Texas
DH Tim Palincsar* UTSA So. College Station, Texas
OF Bobby Verbick* Sam Houston State Sr. Angleton, Texas
OF Keith Stein* Sam Houston State Sr. College Station, Texas
OF Michael Rockett* UTSA Jr. Sugar Land, Texas
P Brian Sisk* Lamar Sr. Henderson, Texas
P Jacob Howard* Sam Houston State Jr. West Columbia, Texas
P Erich Lehmann* Stephen F. Austin Jr. Fort Worth, Texas

SECOND TEAM
1B Danny Slinkman UT Arlington Sr. Arlington, Texas
2B Noel Trevino Stephen F. Austin Sr. Fort Worth, Texas
3B Paul Goldschmidt Texas State So. The Woodlands, Texas
SS Bryan Gerondale Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Galveston, Texas
C Kevin Croft Stephen F. Austin Jr. Lake Jackson, Texas
DH Chris Widner Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. Baytown, Texas
OF Chase Williams* A&M-Corpus Christi Sr. College Station, Texas
OF Chris Houk Central Arkansas Sr. Little Rock, Ark.
OF Todd Sebek Sam Houston State Sr. Kerrville, Texas
P Lance Luetge* Stephen F. Austin Sr. Industry, Texas
P Mike Hart Texas State Jr. Staten Island, N.Y.
P Wade Miley Southeastern Louisiana Jr. Loranger, La.

Honorable Mention:
1B-Bryn Thompson, MCN; 2B-Jordan D. Arensbourg, SLU; 2B-Adam Witek, TXST; 3B-Lance Brown, UTSA; 3B-Martin Parra, AMCC; 3B-Chase Lyles, NWLA; SS-Shon Landry, MCN; SS-Marshal Davis, UTSA; C-Heath Pugh, SHSU; OF-Kevin Crabtree, SFA; OF-Zach Gardner, SFA; OF-Laurn Randell, TXST; OF-Chase Wheaton, AMCC; DH-Chris Dunkin, LU; DH-Brandon Street, SLU; DH-Ben Theriot, TXST; P-Tim Erickson, LU; P-Josh Black, SLU; P-Matt Whitaker, UCA.

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