Southeastern Louisiana’s Josh Cryer, Tyler Watkins and Cody Gougler were named to the Southland Conference Academic Baseball Team for the second consecutive year on Monday.

Cryer, a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, Summa Cum Laude graduate and the 2011 F.L. McDonald Scholarship recipient, earned first-team Academic All-Conference honors for the third consecutive year.

A three-time, first-team member on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VI team, Cryer finished his undergraduate career with a 4.0 grade point average in accounting and was a two-time Southland Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Watkins, a pitcher, repeated as a second-team member. A three-time member on the SLU Dean’s List and a three-time member on the President’s List, Watkins finished with a 3.45 grade point average in general studies.

Gougler, a junior outfielder, was a First-Team Academic All-SLC selection in 2010. A four-time member on the SLU President’s List and twice named to the Dean’s List, Gougler hit .289 on the season with three home runs and 27 RBI while finishing fourth on the team with 12 doubles.

SLC All-Academic Teams

First team

Josh Cryer, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 4.00, accounting

Jace Peterson, McNeese State, Jr., 3.22, general studies

Jarid Scarafiotti, Stephen F. Austin (Shreveport), Jr., 3.59, mathematics

Luke Irvine, Northwestern State, Sr., 3.48, fine and graphic arts

Seth Granger, McNeese State, Jr., 3.06, general studies

Second team

Tyler Watkins, Southeastern Louisiana, Sr., 3.45, general studies

Drew Helenihi, Northwestern State, Sr., 3.57, biology

Cody Gougler, Southeastern Louisiana, Jr., 3.53, sports management


CLOWERS EARNS GOLD GLOVE: UL-Monroe junior second baseman Caleb Clowers was named to the Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced Monday.

The NCAA Division I team is comprised of just nine players to represent each position on the field.

Clowers committed just one error all season long to finish the year with a .996 fielding percentage.

Clowers had 111 putouts and 138 assists while teaming on 33 double plays. He played error-free over the final 34 games, including all 30 Sun Belt Conference games.


FLYNN AND ZIZINIA BOTH SIGN WITH DIAMONDBACKS: Pitchers Conrad Flynn and reliever Drew Zizinia have each signed professional contracts with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to a Tulane news release.

Flynn will begin in Missoula, Mont., with the Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer League.

Zizinia will begin his professional career in Yakima, Wash., with the Yakima Bears.

Florida International

BAHAMAS DROPS RAPE CHARGES AGAINST WITTELS: In Nassau, Bahamas, a court in the Bahamas dismissed a rape case Monday against a Florida International baseball star and two friends who were accused of sexually assaulting two American teens after a night of drinking at an island resort.

Judge Derrence Rolle-Davis dropped the charges against Garrett Wittels and two friends from New York at the request of prosecutors who said they had no case against the men. The judge ordered the $10,000 bond paid by each should be returned.

“You are free to go,” he told them.

Wittels, who had a 56-game hitting streak end earlier this year, and his two friends, Robert Rothschild and Jonathan Oberti, declined to speak to reporters.

Defense lawyer Richard Sharpstein said the accusations stemmed from an apparent attempt to extort money from the Atlantis resort, where the three friends and two 17-year-olds from the United States spent an evening drinking and gambling at the casino in December 2010.

The three men had insisted on their innocence from the start.