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Baseball All-Conference, All-Division Teams Announced by the American Southwest Conference
May 1, 2002

Richardson, Texas-American Southwest Conference champion Concordia University at Austin and East Division titlist Mississippi College combined to place four players on the American Southwest Conference Baseball All-Conference team voted by the 15 league coaches and announced Wednesday (May 1) by the Conference office.

Concordia-Austin placed pitcher Chema Chavez on the All-Conference team. Chavez went undefeated (6-0) vs. the ASC with a 2.83 ERA and 42 strikeouts. Mississippi College had three infielders voted to the conference team, led by East Freshman of the Year pitcher Sam Graham (6-0, 1.48 ERA). MC second baseman Jason Curry, who hit .451 with 22 RBI, and shortstop Turk Stovall, a .379 hitter with 27 RBI, join Graham.

Brandon Downing of the University of Texas at Dallas, named both East Player of the Year and East Newcomer of the Year, joins West Newcomer of the Year Oscar Luna of Howard Payne University as All-Conference outfielders. Downing batted .402 with 30 RBI while Luna hit .317 with six doubles. Shawn Adams of the University of the Ozarks and J.C. Riojas of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor complete the outfield. Adams hit .449 and stole an All-Conference team-best 14 bases. Riojas hit .356 with eight doubles in league play.

First baseman Matt Sefick of Sul Ross State University, the ASC home run leader with eight, third baseman Richard Gutierrez of Howard Payne University, a .438 hitter with 20 RBI, and catcher John Krog of West Division champion Texas Lutheran University, a .391 hitter with 26 RBI, complete the infield. Scott Barnard of Texas Lutheran was selected designated player and Scott Townsend of Louisiana College was named utility. Barnard batted .313 with 23 RBI and Townsend drove-in 23 runs while hitting .395.

Catcher/pitcher Jesse Lopez of Howard Payne was selected West Division Player of the Year and McMurry University pitcher Andrew Allar was the West Freshman of the Year. Lopez hit .458 with 28 RBI while compiling a 5-3 record and 3.42 ERA on the hill. Allar was 5-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his first collegiate season. Division Coach of the Year honors went to Lee Kuyrkendall of Mississippi College in the East and Bill Miller of Texas Lutheran in the West.

2002 American Southwest Conference All-Conference Baseball Team

Matt Sefick First Base Sr. Sul Ross State University Wall, Texas
Jason Curry Second Base Jr. Mississippi College Conway, Ark.
Turk Stovall Shortstop Jr. Mississippi College Philadelphia, Miss.
Richard Gutierrez Third Base Jr. Howard Payne University Pecos, Texas
Chema Chavez Pitcher So. Concordia University at Austin Sweeny, Texas
Sam Graham Pitcher Fr. Mississippi College Clinton, Miss.
John Krog Catcher So. Texas Lutheran University Georgetown, Texas
Shawn Adams Outfield Sr. University of the Ozarks Lafayette, La.
Brandon Downing Outfield Sr. University of Texas at Dallas Placentia, Calif.
Oscar Luna Outfield Jr. Howard Payne University Pecos, Texas
J.C. Riojas Outfield Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Devine, Texas
Scott Barnard Designated Hitter Jr. Texas Lutheran University Austin, Texas
Scott Townsend Utility Sr. Louisiana College Jena, La.

American Southwest Conference Baseball 2002 All-East Division Teams

All-East Division First-Team

James Seymour First Base Sr. University of the Ozarks Natchitoches, La.
Jason Curry Second Base Jr. Mississippi College Conway, Ark.
Turk Stovall Shortstop Jr. Mississippi College Philadelphia, Miss.
Derek Conde Third Base Sr. East Texas Baptist University Pasadena, Texas
Sam Graham Pitcher Fr. Mississippi College Clinton, Miss.
Josh Ross Pitcher Jr. LeTourneau University Carthage, Texas
Chris Knight Catcher Jr. Mississippi College Toomsuba, Miss.
Shawn Adams Outfield Sr. University of the Ozarks Lafayette, La.
Brandon Downing Outfield Sr. University of Texas at Dallas Placentia, Calif.
Clint Wilkerson Outfield Sr. Mississippi College Forest, Miss.
Chance Lawless Designated Hitter Sr. University of the Ozarks Rataan, Okla.
Scott Townsend Utility Sr. Louisiana College Jena, La.

All-East Division Second-Team

Cody Ross First Base Jr. LeTourneau University Tatum, Texas
Derek Glover Second Base So. East Texas Baptist University Euless, Texas
Jeremy Collins Shortstop Jr. East Texas Baptist University Bay City, Texas
Devon Mize Third Base Sr. Austin College Howe, Texas
Jared Franke Pitcher Jr. University of Texas at Dallas Arlington, Texas
Russell Young Pitcher So. Mississippi College Columbia, Miss.
Luke Derouen Catcher So. Louisiana College Westlake, La.
Kent Chamblee Outfield Jr. Mississippi College Carthage, Miss.
Nathan Haas Outfield Sr. East Texas Baptist University Halletsville, Texas
Craig Roberson Outfield Jr. Louisiana College West Monroe, La.
Mark Cardoza Designated Hitter So. University of Texas at Dallas Lewisville, Texas
Ryan Alter Utility Sr. Mississippi College Spring Lake, Mich.

East Division Honorable Mention
Nick Martinez, Brett Shelby-Austin College; Nate Jordan-East Texas Baptist University; Pat Brown-LeTourneau University; Lucas Ledbetter, Chris McGuirt-Louisiana College; Brent Heavener-Mississippi College; John Fernandez, Scott Forte-University of Texas at Dallas;

Individual Awards
East Division Player of the Year: Brandon Downing, OF, University of Texas at Dallas (Placentia, Calif.)
East Division Freshman of the Year: Sam Graham, P, Mississippi College (Clinton, Miss.)
East Division Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Downing, OF, University of Texas at Dallas (Placentia, Calif.)
East Division Coach of the Year: Lee Kuyrkendall, Mississippi College


American Southwest Conference Baseball 2002 All-West Division Teams

All-West Division First-Team

Matt Sefick First Base Sr. Sul Ross State University Wall, Texas
Heith Higginbotham Second Base Jr. Texas Lutheran University Dayton, Texas
Kyle Tidwell Shortstop Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton, Texas
Richard Gutierrez Third Base Jr. Howard Payne University Pecos, Texas
Chema Chavez Pitcher So. Concordia University at Austin Sweeny, Texas
Charles Johnson Pitcher Jr. Howard Payne University Houston, Texas
John Krog Catcher So. Texas Lutheran University Georgetown, Texas
Jesse Lopez Catcher Sr. Howard Payne University Waco, Texas
Oscar Luna Outfield Jr. Howard Payne University Pecos, Texas
J.C. Riojas Outfield Sr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Devine, Texas
Mike Skoog Outfield So. McMurry University Cleburne, Texas
Scott Barnard Designated Hitter Jr. Texas Lutheran University Austin, Texas
Ralph Romero Utility Sr. McMurry University Midland, Texas
Travis Turner Utility So. Schreiner University Houston, Texas

All-West Division Second-Team

Michael Popino First Base So. Hardin-Simmons University Plano, Texas
Jimmy Wright Second Base Jr. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Taylor, Texas
Nathan Kimball Shortstop Jr. Texas Lutheran University Georgetown, Texas
Kevin Heady Third Base Fr. Sul Ross State University El Paso, Texas
Andrew Allar Pitcher Fr. McMurry University Aledo, Texas
Russ Krenek Pitcher Jr. Texas Lutheran University El Campo, Texas
Jake Decker Catcher So. Concordia University at Austin Houston, Texas
Scott Bunting Outfield Fr. Concordia University at Austin Houston, Texas
Ed Farris Outfield Sr. Schreiner University Sugarland, Texas
Dan Halvorson Outfield Jr. Texas Lutheran St. Louis Park, Minn.
Chris Schmidt Designated Hitter Sr. Howard Payne University Houston, Texas

All-West Division Honorable Mention
Scott Berkman, Tim Gardner, Heath Owsley, Jay Savier, David White-Concordia University at Austin; Brandon Beene, Chuy Rodriguez, John Schlaffer, Craig Simpson-Hardin-Simmons University; Clint Dowell, Chad Marshall-Howard Payne University; Stephen Oliver-University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Cullen Lampe-McMurry University; Dennis Schleuter-Schreiner University; Kyle Baldesweiler, Chris Espinoza, Adam Llanez-Sul Ross State University; Patrick Colon, Sam Friesenhahn, Blake Mueller, Brian Schmitt, Jared Sullivan-Texas Lutheran University

Individual Awards
West Division Player of the Year:
Jesse Lopez, C, Howard Payne University (Waco, Texas)
West Division Freshman of the Year: Andrew Allar, P, McMurry University (Aledo, Texas)
West Division Newcomer of the Year: Oscar Luna, OF, Howard Payne University (Pecos, Texas)
West Division Coach of the Year: Bill Miller, Texas Lutheran University


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