Harden named SLC Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year

FRISCO, Texas — McNeese outfielder Payton Hardenthe Southland Conference Player of the Year, was named the 2022 SLC Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with the all-academic teams.

Harden is from Atascocita, Texas and has a 3.82 GPA in Mass Communications Public Relations. He is only the fifth Cowboy to receive the league’s top honor and the first since 1994 (Deron Hofstetter). The 2022 All-Conference first-team selection and member of the ABCA All-South Region Team led the Southland in hitting (.378), total hits (85), triples (4), and stolen bases (26). His 85 base hits was the second-highest in a single season in school history, while his 252 career hits are two shy of matching the school’s all-time mark of 254.

He was one of four all-academic First Team members for the Cowboys who became champions in the regular season. short stop Reid Bouque Harden entered the first team after posting a 4.00 GPA in H&HP/Sports and Wellness Management. Cameron Fosterthe league’s Relief Pitcher of the Year, also earned first-team honors as an outfielder with a 4.00 mark in Behavioral Sciences Julian Gonzales, a 2022 CoSIDA Academic All-American, rounded out the Cowboys’ first team selection after earning a 4.00 GPA in biology/premed. This is the second time Gonzales has received all academic honors in his career.

jug chance stone earned a second-team nod after recording a 3.66 GPA in H&HP/prephysical therapy.

Foster, who was named a third-team All-American by the NCBWA earlier this month, led the 2022 Southland in six categories, including saves (12), ERA (1.86), strikeouts (84), batting average against (.164 ) , Hits Allowed (35) and Runs Allowed (17). He placed second in the conference for allowed walks (20).

Gonzales started in all 57 games for the Cowboys and hit .280 with nine homers with 44 RBI, making him team leader of the season, while Bourque, who became McNeese’s all-time stolen bases and games that season, hit .276 for the year with four homers, 25 RBI and 24 stolen bases, second on the roster.

Stone finished third on the team with 50.1 innings and had a 3-3 record with a 5.01 ERA. He started 15 games at team level and made 17 appearances overall.

Southland All-Academic teams are selected by the head coach, sports information director and an academic staff member from each member school. Student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and have completed a full academic year at the nominating institution to qualify. Nominees who were on the first team at all conferences are automatically named Southland All-Academic.

The Southland Conference Awards Committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the eight member schools, selects the Student-Athlete of the Year. Candidates for Student Athlete of the Year must have at least a 3.20 GPA and at least two years of athletic achievement at the nominating institution.

2022 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year: Payton HardenMcNeese

2021 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic First Team

Surname school class grade point average Main
Jared Burch HBU sir 3.53 Business Administration
RidgeRogers3 UIW sir 3.91 rehabilitation science
GrantSmith* UIW jr 3.60 biology
Reid Bouque McNeese sir 4.00 HHP sports & wellness management
Cameron Foster* McNeese sir 4.00 behavioral science
Julian Gonzales*2 McNeese sir 4.00 Biology Pre Med
Payton Harden^* McNeese sir 3.82 Mass Communication Public Relations
Tyler LeBlanc New Orleans So. 3.54 finance
Alec Paz nicholas GR. 3.00 Masters, Higher Education
Drayton Brown Northwest State So. 4.00 Business Administration
Alex Makawich Northwest State So. 3.92 industrial engineering
Eve Keller2 southeast sir 3.79 Chemistry
Rhett Rosevear southeast So. 4.00 Occupational Safety, Health and Environment (OSHE
Brandon Petkoff Texas A&M Corpus Christi sir 3.86 mathematics

2022 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Second Team

Surname school class grade point average Main
burning bale HBU sir 3.53 Interdisciplinary research
Andrew Reitmeyer HBU sir 3.40 Kinesiology Sports Management
Nixon Brannan UIW jr 3.85 Business Administration
chance stone McNeese sir 3.66 HHP pre-physiotherapy
Box Furr New Orleans jr 3.19 finance
Collin Kullivan New Orleans GR. 3.83 Masters, Finance
Parker Coddou nicholas So. 3.58 Business Administration
Devin Desandro nicholas So. 3.51 health sciences
Nico Saltaformaggio nicholas So. 3.80 Business Administration
Dane Simon nicholas sir 3.71 health sciences
Down Stuart Northwest State jr 3.20 Electronics engineering technology
Will Kinzeler southeast So. 3.49 kinesiology
Fee Trahan southeast GR. 3.33 Master of Business Administration
Josh Cumin Texas A&M Corpus Christi sir 3.50 finance

^ Student Athlete of the Year
* Automatic selection

2 Two-time purely academic selection
3 Three-time purely academic selection

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