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By ULL Assistant SID Jeff Schneider

LAFAYETTE, La. – The top-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns baseball team had three players named to the 2014 Baseball America All-America Teams including two first teamers for the first time in program history, the publication announced on Wednesday.

 

Both second baseman Jace Conrad and outfielder Caleb Adams were named to the first team, while shortstop Blake Trahan was tabbed to the second team.

 

The Ragin' Cajuns were among three teams including Oregon State and Indiana to lead all programs with three All-Americans apiece, including two first-teamers.

 

"This is a tremendous honor for both our team and these players," head coach Tony Robichaux said. "We've already had a lot of recognition for a tremendous season and this is another feather in our cap. What the team was able to achieve this year was incredible and these three guys played a big part in that success. Anytime the university is in the national spotlight it's a great thing for the school and our program. I can't be more proud of Jace, Caleb and Blake."

 

Conrad, a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, is the only Louisiana player to earn first team honors from two different publications in program history. The Sun Belt Player of the Year, Conrad hit .364 on the season and finished in a tie for the team lead in RBI with 65.

 

The junior was also named a finalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which goes to the breakout player of the year. Conrad put up respectable numbers last season hitting .286, but erupted this season hitting almost 80 points better while nearly doubling his home run total with nine.

 

Adams stands among the top five nationally in both on-base percentage and slugging percentage while leading the Cajuns in triples, home runs and walks. The All-American honor is the first for the junior who was a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser awards.

 

Trahan earned All-America honors for the second straight season after being selected as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American a year ago. The sophomore stepped up his game in the postseason hitting .512 (21-for-41) with two doubles, two triples, one home run and 12 RBI. On the season, Trahan posted a .355 average with 91 hits 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 49 RBI.

 

2014 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

Selected by Baseball America staff

Teams were selected after NCAA regionals; stats are through super regionals.

 

FIRST TEAM

Pos.  Name                                             Year   AVG   OBP  SLG    AB    R     H       HR    RBI   BB    SO    SB

C       Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State   Jr.       .418   .480  .624    263   59   110   9       58     30     26     17

1B     Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State      Jr.       .389   .520  .682    211   50   82     15     50     58     28     8

2B     Jace Conrad, Louisiana-Lafayette Jr.       .364   .438  .564    264   63   96     9       65     18     27     22

3B     Dustin DeMuth, Indiana                 Sr.      .374   .449  .531    211   40   79     5       40     20     40     4

SS    Trea Turner, N.C. State                 Jr.       .321   .418  .516    215   65   69     8       36     37     25     26

OF    Caleb Adams, Louisiana-Lafayette           Jr.       .381  .502    .673  223 67     85     11     42     46     60  7

OF    Michael Conforto, Oregon State    Jr.       .345   .504  .547    203   52   70     7       56     55     38     4

OF    Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco    Jr.       .368   .461  .573    220   42   81     7       31     31     34     21

DH    Kyle Schwarber, Indiana               Jr.       .358   .464  .659    232   66   83     14     48     44     30     10

UT    A.J. Reed, Kentucky                      Jr.       .336   .476  .735    223   60   75     23     73     49     48     0

                                                               Year   W       L       ERA    G      CG  SV    IP      H       BB    SO    AVG

SP    Kyle Freeland, Evansville              Jr.       10      2       1.90    14     2     0       100   79     13     128   .214

SP    Nathan Kirby, Virginia                   So.     9        2       1.73    16     1     0       104   65     25     104   .182

SP    Aaron Nola, Louisiana State          Jr.       11      1       1.47    16     2     0       116   69     27     134   .172

SP    Ben Wetzler, Oregon State            Sr.      12      1       0.78    14     4     0       104   49     31     83     .143

RP    Jacob Lindgren, Mississippi State  Jr.       6        1       0.88    25     0     3       51     20     21     93     .116

UT    A.J. Reed, Kentucky                      Jr.       12      2       2.09    16     1     0       112   98     29     71     .236

 

SECOND TEAM

Pos.  Name                                             Year   AVG   OBP  SLG    AB    R     H       HR    RBI   BB    SO    SB

C       Grayson Greiner, South Carolina   Jr.       .311   .389  .486    212   35   82     5       38     22     28     2   

1B     Sam Travis, Indiana                      Jr.       .347   .415  .576    245   55   85     12     58     25     26     8

2B     Mark Mathias, Cal Poly                  So.     .376   .448  .483    205   48   77     2       39     23     18     12

3B     Alex Blandino, Stanford                Jr.       .310   .397  .531    226   49   70     12     44     30     33     2   

SS    Blake Trahan, Louisiana-Lafayette           So.     .355  .465    .455  256 58     91     4       49     44     37  15

OF    Jordan Luplow, Fresno State         Jr.       .377   .475  .609    215   40   81     9       48     36     22     10

OF    D.J. Stewart, Florida State             So.     .351   .472  .557    194   45   68     7       50     40     30     4

OF    Drew Weeks, North Florida             Jr.       .430   .478  .606    221   52   95     6       38     18     20     10

DH    Michael Katz, William & Mary       Jr.       .363   .445  .646    240   64   87     14     75     32     43     0

UT    Aaron Brown, Pepperdine              Jr.       .314   .354  .554    244   44   76     13     49     9       52     5

                                                               Year   W       L       ERA    G      CG  SV    IP      H       BB    SO    AVG

SP    Thomas Eshelman, CS Fullerton   So.     8        3       1.89    16     5     0       124   100   8       99     .222

SP    Jace Fry, Oregon State                  Jr.       11      2       1.80    16     4     0       120   83     30     98     .196

SP    Andrew Morales, UC Irvine             Sr.      11      2       1.53    18     3     0       130   83     30     136   .182

SP    Preston Morrison, Texas Christian  Jr.       9        4       1.32    17     5     0       122   85     19     85     .197

RP    Brendan McCurry, Oklahoma State          Sr.      5       0         0.38  35   0       19     47     29     8       54  .178

UT    Aaron Brown, Pepperdine              Jr.       13      1       1.95    17     1     0       116   84     40     104   .212

 

THIRD TEAM                                                                                                                                                

Pos.  Name                                             Year   AVG   OBP  SLG    AB    R     H       HR    RBI   BB    SO    SB

C       Brett Austin, N.C. State                  Jr.       .344   .414  .516    215   42   74     5       31     27     29     8

1B     Connor Joe, San Diego                 Jr.       .367   .462  .606    218   59   80     9       51     32     24     3

2B     Dansby Swanson, Vanderbilt         So.     .335   .414  .482    251   58   84     3       32     34     45     18

3B     Matt Chapman, CS Fullerton         Jr.       .312   .412  .498    205   37   64     6       48     27     26     6

SS    Michael Russell, North Carolina    Jr.       .339   .424  .496    230   43   78     4       32     29     27     13

OF    Auston Bousfield, Mississippi         Jr.       .349   .395  .495    275   58   96     6       50     16     25     17

OF    Zach Fish, Oklahoma State           Jr.       .308   .390  .517    240   41   74     11     48     32     56     4

OF    Mark Payton, Texas                       Sr.      .326   .467  .464    224   32   73     2       38     55     22     19

DH    Ty France, San Diego State          So.     .356   .450  .498    233   55   83     5       45     28     25     3

UT    Louie Lechich, San Diego            Sr.      .342   .396  .542    225   45   77     7       46     16     30     3

                                                               Year   W       L       ERA    G      CG  SV    IP      H       BB    SO    AVG

SP    Brandon Finnegan, Texas Christian         Jr.       9       3         2.12  16   1       0       98     70     27     129            .202

SP    Kyle Funkhouser, Louisville           So.     13      2       1.73    17     0     0       114   79     59     117   .198

SP    Sean Newcomb, Hartford               Jr.       8        2       1.25    14     1     0       93     51     38     106   .162

SP    Josh Prevost, Seton Hall                Sr.      12      2       1.62    15     6     0       116   64     20     111   .158

RP    Ryan Thompson, Campbell           Sr.      7        2       1.33    39     0     17     88     71     29     87     .219

UT    Louie Lechich, San Diego            Sr.      8        3       1.51    13     1     0       82     82     21     50     .265

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