Sun Belt Baseball earns National Preseason Recognition

Published 3:07 pm Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Sun Belt Conference, which fell one game short of sending a team to a Super Regional for the third time since 2014 a year ago, is well represented in national preseason polls and accolades.

Last week, the Sun Belt Conference announced its Preseason Coaches Poll and Preseason Honors.

Sun Belt teams return to the diamond beginning on Friday, Feb. 18, with conference play commencing on Friday, March 18. Teams will play a 30-game conference schedule that will culminate with the 2022 Sun Belt Baseball Championship at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, Ala., from May 24-29, 2022.

PRESEASON ACCOLADES
USA Today Sports Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll
RV South Alabama
RV Coastal Carolina

NCBWA Preseason Poll
RV Coastal Carolina
RV South Alabama
RV Troy

Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll 
No. 36 South Alabama
RV Coastal Carolina
RV Georgia Southern
RV Louisiana
RV UTA
RV ULM

PRESEASON HONORS
NCBWA Preseason Third Team All-American
Josh Smith, Georgia State (Jr., OF – College Park, Ga.)

Collegiate Baseball Preseason Third Team All-American
Miles Smith, South Alabama (Sr., SP – Laurel, Miss.)

Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List
Ben Klutts, Arkansas State (Sr., 3B – Poteau, Okla.)
Santi Montiel, South Alabama (Sr., SS – Alpharetta, Ga.)

D1Baseball Preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year
Eric Brown, Coastal Carolina (Jr., SS – Bossier City, La.)

Perfect Game Preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year
Eric Brown, Coastal Carolina (Jr., SS – Bossier City, La.)

Perfect Game Preseason Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year
Miles Smith, South Alabama (Sr., SP – Laurel, Miss.)

Perfect Game Preseason Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
Will Turner, South Alabama (Fr., OF/P – Auburn, Ala.)

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