MOBILE, Ala. — After a record-breaking season in which Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team won the Sun Belt Conference title by an all-time league-best seven games, the Ragin’ Cajuns had nine players named to the all-conference team Tuesday while also taking three of the top four individual honors.
Second baseman Jace Conrad, who hit .396 in league play and ranked among the league leaders in every offensive category while committing only three errors, was named Player of the Year. The Lafayette native, a junior, became the first Cajuns player to claim the Sun Belt’s top honor.
Junior righthander Carson Baranik, the league leader in wins and one of 25 players nationally with double-digit wins (10-1), was selected Pitcher of the Year, the fourth time a Cajuns pitcher had won that honor and the first since Hunter Moody in 2006.
Tony Robichaux, who has guided the Cajuns to the nation’s best record at 49-7 and whose team is ranked second nationally in every major poll, was named Coach of the Year. Robichaux won that honor in 1997, 2005 and 2007.
Joining Conrad and Baranik as Cajuns first-team picks are senior starting pitcher Cody Boutte, sophomore shortstop Blake Trahan and junior outfielder Caleb Adams. Junior pitcher Austin Robichaux, junior catcher Michael Strentz, senior third baseman Ryan Leonards and junior outfielder Seth Harrison were named to the second team.