|Jameson Fisher is the Southland’s Player of the Year (photo – SE Athletics)
Frisco, TX – The Southland Conference announced its 2016 baseball honors and topping the list is junior catcher/first baseman Jameson Fisher of Southeastern Louisiana. Fisher was named the league’s Player of the Year and as of May 24 led the nation in batting with a .449 average, a full 16 points above Little Rock’s Ryan Scott in second place. Within the conference, he is among the top-10 in 10 different categories.
Another junior, Northwestern State’s Adam Oiler was named the Southland’s Pitcher of the Year. His 1.31 ERA was a league best, and he struck out 67 batters – 20 of them looking – and led the team in victories with eight.
Two programs recently described here as on the rise, Abilene Christian and the University of New Orleans, had representative showings among the postseason accolades. ACU’s Russell Crippen earned the conference’s Utility Player of the Year award. He played first, second, and third base as well spending time in the outfield and serving as the club’s designated hitter. In 2014 he also pitched for the Wildcats. He leads ACU in batting average, hitting at a .309 clip. The Wildcats, who did not qualify for the Southland’s postseason, play Arizona today and tomorrow to close out their 2016 campaign.
The UNO Privateers landed two on the Southland’s all-conference first team, including senior catcher Kyle Bracey and junior DH Hezekiah Randolph. The two helped UNO to a Southland tournament bid, where they’ll face Southeastern Louisiana in Sugarland, Texas on Wednesday. Sugarland is home to the deftly named Sugarland Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.