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ASU picked to finish 5th in SBC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll

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JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – Arkansas State senior Logan Uxa and junior Dustin Jones have been named to the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference baseball team, the league office announced Monday.

Uxa was named to the team as an outfielder, while Jones was named as a shortstop. Troy's Logan Pierce was named Preseason Player of the Year, while Arkansas-Little Rock's Chance Cleveland was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

A-State was picked to finish fifth in the SBC Preseason Coaches' Poll, while Florida Atlantic was tabbed as the conference favorite heading into the season.

Uxa, a 6-4, 220-pound left-handed hitter, led the Red Wolves with 10 home runs a year ago and drove in a team-high 44 runs. His .477 slugging percentage and .434 on-base percentage were each the second highest on the team, and he led the Red Wolves with 48 runs scored. Uxa started all 57 games a year ago and hit .289, the third highest average on the team. He notched 14 multiple-hit games on the season, including one four-hit performance and five three-hit games. Uxa also reached base in 27 straight games last season and drove in at least two runs in 11 games.

Jones, a 5-10, 150-pound right-hander, earned his second All-SBC honor after earning All-Sun Belt second-team honors as a shortstop following the 2012 season. He had a .279 batting average last season including 50 hits, 25 runs scored and seven doubles. He had a 10-game hitting and started 55 games at shortstop. In the field, he had a .966 fielding percentage and committed just eight errors on the year.

The 2013 A-State baseball season will get underway Friday, Feb. 15, when the Red Wolves host Bradley at 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium/Kell Field. Baseball season tickets remain on sale with prices starting at $65. For more information contact the ASU box office at (870) 972-2781.

2013 Preseason All-Sun Belt Baseball Team

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)

Austin Gomber (Florida Atlantic, Sophomore, LHP)

Michael Ellis (FIU, Junior, RHP)

Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Sophomore, LHP)

Nate Hill (Troy, Senior, LHP)

Aramis Garcia (FIU, Sophomore, Catcher)

Mark Nelson (Florida Atlantic, Senior, 1B)

Logan Kirkland (South Alabama, Sophomore, 2B

Dustin Jones (Arkansas State, Junior, SS)

Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)

Logan Uxa (Arkansas State, Senior, OF)

Trent Miller (Middle Tennessee, Junior, OF)

Danny Collins (Troy, Junior, OF)

Whitt Dorsey (South Alabama,  Senior, DH)

Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, Junior, UTIL)

 

2013 Preseason Player of the Year

Logan Pierce (Troy, Senior, 3B)

 

2013 Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Chance Cleveland (UALR, Senior, RHP)

 

2013 SBC Coaches Predicted Order of Finish (first place votes)

1. Florida Atlantic (5) - 89 pts

2. FIU (1) - 85 pts

3. South Alabama  - 67 pts

4. Troy  - 61 pts

5. Arkansas State (1) - 60 pts

6. Middle Tennessee (1) - 56 pts

7. Western Kentucky  - 42 pts

8. Louisiana-Lafayette (1) - 39 pts

9. Louisiana-Monroe (1) - 31 pts

10. UALR  - 20 pts

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