Four UAPB Golden Lions Named To All-SWAC Baseball Team




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Pine Bluff, Ark. – With the almost finish completion of the newly renovated Torii Hunter Baseball Complex at Bill Jones Field, the Gold Lions got some more good news.

Four Golden Lions Baseball student-athletes earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors, including two first-team selection, the SWAC announced Friday.

Earning first-team accolades were sophomore infielder Jarficur Parker and outfielder Sergio Esparza.  Senior second baseman Ryan Mallison and catcher Ricardo Sanchez were named to the second team.

This is Esparza second round on being named to the all-conference team.   Esparza finished the season with 165 at-bats, batting .303, started in 44 games out of 45.  He led the team in hits with 50, runs batted in with 38, and third in home runs with four.

Parker named to his first all-conference team was the first true freshman to ever start at shortstop for UAPB in the program history.  Started in 33-of-35 games at shortstop, hit team-best .331 with 23 runs scored, 17 RBIs and 10 walks.  Grabbed a totaled 42 base hits, with a slugging percentage of .402.

Sanchez played in 44 games, making 42 starts behind the plate at catcher, hit .272 with 28 runs scored and 24 RBIs.  Collected a total of 37 base hits with 11 doubles, led the team with three triples and recorded one home run, he also ended the season with a .419 slugging percentage and a .047 on-base percentage.  Sanchez was 7-of-10 in stolen bases attempts and on the field had a .959 fielding percentage.

Mallison flashed a solid glove, making just four errors in 43 games for a .978 fielding percentage. He played in 44 games, making 43 starts while finishing the season with a .284 batting average.  Mallison also was tied for second on the team with 44 hits, 33 runs scored and 22 RBIs, which included five doubles and one triple.  He was 7-of-10 in stolen bases.

Preseason First-Team All-SWAC Baseball
C – Drexler Macaay, Grambling State
1B – Christian Sanchez, Texas Southern
2B – Wesley Reyes, Jackson State
3B – Eriq White, Alabama State
SS- Jarficur Parker, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
DH- Richard Ortiz, Grambling State
OF – Isaiah Torres, Grambling State
OF – Sergio Esparza, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
OF – Desmond Chumley, Jackson State
SP – Aron Solis, Texas Southern
SP – Darrius Wright, Alabama State
RP – Chris Suarez, Jackson StatePreseason Second-Team All-SWAC Baseball
C – Ricardo Sanchez, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
1B – Rafael Ramirez, Grambling State
2B – Ryan Mallison, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
3B – Wendell Rieves, Mississippi Valley State
SS – Cristopher DeGuzman, Alabama State
DH – Raul Hernandez, Jackson State
OF – Olajide Oloruntimilehin, Texas Southern
OF – Noel Chenau, Alabama State
OF – Ace Felder, Grambling State
SP – Kevin Perez, Jackson State
SP – Carlos Lopez, Alcorn State
RP – Terrell McCall, Alabama StatePreseason Pitcher of the Year
Aron Solis, Texas Southern

Preseason Player of the Year
Christian Sanchez, Texas Southern

Eastern Division Predicted Order of Finish (1st place votes)
Alabama State, 73 points (9)
Jackson State, 69 points (6)
Alcorn State, 40 points (1)
Alabama A&M, 33 points (0)
Mississippi Valley State, 25 points (0)

Western Division Predicted Order of Finish (1st place votes)
Texas Southern, 72 points (9)
Grambling State, 67 points (6)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 42 points (1)
Prairie View A&M, 34 points (0)
Southern, 25 points (0)

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