Alcorn State’s Gonzalez, Southern’s Maloy voted top honors; Jaguars picked to repeat as champions

BIRMINGHAM – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its 2010 baseball preseason honors Thursday, with Alcorn State 1B Eduardo Gonzalez named Preseason Player of the Year, and Southern’s Jarrett Maloy the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Southern, the 2009 Champions, was picked to repeat as both SWAC and Western Division champions. Jackson State was picked to win the Eastern Division in voting done by conference coaches and sports information departments.

Gonzalez, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore from Tampa, FL, led the SWAC in batting average (.406) and hits (70) in 2009 while tying for sixth in total bases (96). Gonzalez’ batting average ranked third in the nation among freshmen last season as he earned All-SWAC second team, SWAC Freshman of the Year, and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors.

Maloy, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound junior from Tallahassee, FL, was third in the conference in wins (eight) and second in earned run average (3.50) in 2009. He also was fifth in opposing batting average (.277), tied third in batters struck out looking (21) and tied for fourth in fewest earned runs allowed (28). Maloy earned first-team All-SWAC honors and SWAC Tournament MVP honors last season.

In the predicted order of finish, Southern collected 12 first place votes and 85 points. Texas Southern (one first place vote) was second in the West with 58 voting points, followed by Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (two first place votes) with 58 points, Prairie View A&M (one first place vote) with 40 points and Grambling State (one first place vote) with 37 points.

Jackson State was picked to win the Eastern Division as the Tigers garnered eight first place votes and 71 points, just ahead of defending division champion Mississippi Valley State, which was second (five first-place votes) with 68 points. Alcorn State, which lost in the SWAC Tournament Championship game, was picked third (three first place votes) with 63 points, Alabama A&M fourth with 38 points and Alabama State fifth (two first place votes) with 30 points.

Southern led the way with five players chosen for preseason honors – four on the first team. Jackson State had four players selected, while Grambling State and Mississippi Valley State each had three players on the preseason team. Alcorn State and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff each had two players selected, while Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Prairie View A&M each had one selection.

2010 SWAC Baseball Preseason First Team All-Conference

Jarrett Maloy              Southern                          P  6-1  180  Jr.  Tallahassee, FL

Britt Goodman           Mississippi Valley St.  P  6-3  205  Sr.  Mesa, AZ

Josh Brumfield            Alcorn St.                        P  6-0  205  Jr.  Lorman, MS

Cortez Cole                    Jackson State                C   5-10 215 Sr.  Miami, FL

Eduardo Gonzalez      Alcorn St.                        IF 6-3   190 So. Tampa, FL

Frazier Hall                   Southern                          IF  6-3  225 Jr. Baton Rouge, LA

Gregory Whitfield      Southern                           IF 5-11 190 Jr. Biloxi, MS

Curtis Ford                   Mississippi Valley St.   IF  5-8   155 Jr.  St. Louis, MO

James Armstrong      Southern                           OF 5-10 185  Jr. Lafayette, LA

Mike Roby                     Grambling St.                  OF  6-4   216  Jr.  Colorado Springs, CO

Chad Hall                       Jackson St.                        OF  5-9   190  Sr. Tupelo, MS

2010 Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Jarrett Maloy               Southern                             P   6-1     180  Jr.  Tallahassee, FL

2010 Preseason Player of the Year

Eduardo Gonzalez       Alcorn St.                         IF   6-3     190   So.  Tampa, FL

2010 SWAC Baseball Preseason Second Team All-Conference

Ben Blackburn              Prairie View A&M          P 6-3 185 Sr. Houston, TX

Kyle Wahl                       Southern                            P 6-3 180 Jr. Wesley Chapel, FL

Rannie Fore                   Alabama St.                       P 6-0 195 So. Atlanta, GA

Brandon Smith             Grambling St.                    C 6-0 185  Jr. Bogalusa, LA

Frank Solis                      Jackson St.                      IF 6-0 170 So. Miami Lakes, FL

Lloyd Burchett             Univ. Ark.-Pine Bluff    IF 5-9 180  So. Frankfort, IL

Milt Barney                    Grambling St.                  IF  5-8 215  So. Gulfport, MS

Willie Wesley                  Jackson St.                      IF 5-10 188 Jr. Pontiac, MI

LaDale Hayes                 Alabama A&M               OF 6-1 180 Sr. Stafford, VA

Chris Herron                   Mississippi Valley St. OF 5-9 175 Sr. Kosciusko, MS

Gvona Turner                 Univ. Ark. Pine Bluff   OF 6-1 195 Jr. Crossett, AR

2010 Predicted Order of Finish

(first-place votes in parenthesis)

Eastern Division Western Division

Jackson State (8) 71 pts                       Southern (12) 85

Mississippi Valley State (5) 68           Texas Southern (1) 58

Alcorn State (3) 63                                  Univ. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2)50

Alabama A&M (0) 38                              Prairie View A&M (1)40

Alabama State (2) 30                              Grambling State (1) 37


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