The Southeastern Louisiana baseball team dominated the Southland Conference postseason awards on Monday with nine players taking home all-conference distinctions, while center fielder Jacob Seward was named Player of the Year and coach Matt Riser was crowned Clay Gould Coach of the Year.
The Lions led the Southland with the most players making the three all-conference teams, including four with first-team honors. McNeese State had seven players on the lists.
Along with Seward, first baseman Kevin Carr, designated hitter Daniel Midyett and pitcher Tate Scioneaux were all named to the first team.
“You don’t set out to be an all-conference player, you don’t set out to be Coach of the Year, you set out to win ball games,” Riser said. “I’m extremely happy for the guys getting postseason awards from a lot of hard work and time put into this.”
Seward earned Player of the Year honors after finishing second in runs scored (47) and third in hits (74), stolen bases (19) and batting average (.365).
Riser, in his second year at the helm of the Lions, brought the team to a bevy of team and conference records, the least of which is Southeastern’s first regular-season conference title since 1994 as part of the Trans America Athletic Conference.
The Lions will also enter this week’s Southland Tournament as the top seed after setting the league record for conference wins with 25. They’re slated to play Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Nicholls State also had a strong showing in the postseason awards as Justin Sinibaldi was named Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Stuart Holmes earned Relief Pitcher of the Year.
Northwestern State’s Cort Brinson was awarded Hitter of the Year, as well, and McNeese’s Joe Provenzano was named Freshman of the Year.