The Nicholls State baseball team won’t have Taylor Byrd when the Southland Conference tournament opens Wednesday in Conway, Arkansas.

The (Houma) Courier reported Tuesday that Byrd, named Monday the conference Pitcher of the Year, was ruled academically ineligible and could not participate in the tournament. Byrd, a senior from Petal, Mississippi, was 8-3 with a 1.92 ERA this season.

The Courier also reported coach Seth Thibodeaux said Byrd appealed the ruling, but he does not expect to have him for the tournament.

No. 2 seed Nicholls faces No. 7 McNeese State at 4 p.m. Wednesday.