Cryer among three Lions named to SLC all-academic baseball team
Jun 27, 2010 at 12:01 AMJun 27, 2010 at 7:40 PM
Paced by a pair of first-team selections, Southeastern Louisiana University placed three student-athletes on the 2010 Capital One Bank/Southland Conference all-academic baseball team in a release by the league office on Wednesday.
Named to the first-team were catcher Josh Cryer and outfielder Cody Gougler. Joining the duo as a second-team selection was pitcher Tyler Watkins. C
ryer was one of three players on the 24-man team to repeat as members on the 2010 squad, joining Tye Throneberry of Central Arkansas and Ryan Rummel of UTSA.
Cryer, who carries a 4.0 grade point average in accounting, was selected to the all-academic team for the second consecutive year after hitting .312 on the season for the Lions with five home runs and 46 RBIs.
The Leesville native was named third-team all-Southland Conference last month after posting career highs in home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, walks and stolen bases.
The junior tied a career-high with 22 hit-by-pitches and posted 16 multi-hit games, including a 4-for-4 performance at Stephen F. Austin. Cryer, who also was named to the CoSIDA all-academic District VI squad, hit a team-high .342 (.342-4-31) for Southeastern in Southland Conference games.
Gougler, a sophomore from Huntsville, Texas, hit a team-high .337 on the season and led Southeastern in on-base percentage and walks. A 3.53 student-athlete in sports management, Gougler finished second on the team and fourth in the Southland Conference in runs scored (64) and was one of four Lions to record 70 hits on the season.
He finished the season tied for third on the team with 20 multi-hit games, including a 5-for-5 effort at LSU. Gougler reached base safely 10 consecutive times over a three-game span last month and helped fuel Southeastern to a three-game sweep earlier in the season at Mississippi State.
Watkins, a junior from Petal, Miss., went 6-3 on the mound with a 3.80 earned run average and one save for Southeastern. The right-hander appeared in 19 games with 13 starts and finished second on the team in strikeouts and fourth in wins.
Watkins, a 3.33 student-athlete in general studies, tossed a complete-game seven-hitter, allowing an unearned run, in a win at Stephen F. Austin and pitched seven innings, scattering eight hits and fanning five, in earning a win over Northwestern State in the Southland Conference Tournament.
Northwestern State’s Eric DeBlanc was named the Capital One Bank/Southland Conference baseball student-athlete of the year, the league office announced Wednesday in conjunction with the release of the all-academic baseball teams.
DeBlanc, a native of Scott, carries a 3.79 grade-point average in Biology and is the second Northwestern State player to be selected baseball student-athlete of the year, joining Bobby Barbier in 2006.
Six members received automatic selections, three of which were CoSIDA Academic all-district VI honorees. Cryer (4.00) received first-team merits, while UT Arlington senior Jason Mitchell and Texas State sophomore Tyler Sibley were voted to the second-team. Joining DeBlanc from the all-conference automatic selections are Texas State senior Kyle Livingstone and sophomore Kyle Kubitza
The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic/compliance administrators from each Southland university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team's competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.