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Diamond ’Dogs put six on All-CUSA team

by Minden Press-Herald

DALLAS — As announced by the conference on Tuesday afternoon, a trio of Louisiana Tech student-athletes were named First-Team All-Conference, and three more were named as Second-Team All-Conference honorees.

For the second consecutive year a Bulldog took home the Defensive Player of the Year crown as Logan McLeod earned the 2022 honors.

In his first year manning the hot corner with LA Tech, McLeod saw a total of 128 chances while making just three errors and starting in all 56 games. The sophomore remained sure-handed at the position as he made numerous game-changing plays. McLeod was a part of seven double plays turned and sports a .977 fielding percentage. The Sour Lake, Texas, native has not recorded an error since April 5 in a midweek game against UL-Lafayette.

Infielder Taylor Young, outfielder Cole McConnell and reliever Kyle Crigger were named as first-team selections while catcher Jorge Corona, starting pitcher Cade Gibson and reliever Ryan Harland earned second-team honors.

In his fifth year as a Bulldog, Young concluded the regular season leading the nation with 81 runs scored. The West Monroe native started all 56 games at shortstop and has played in 222 consecutive games dating back to April 6, 2018. The senior shortstop recorded a .351 batting average and placed second in the conference with a .500 on-base percentage. He leads the ball club with 20 doubles, leads the conference with 51 walks and has 23 multi-hit games.

McConnell, a third-year sophomore, sits second in the conference and 10th in the nation with 71 RBI. The Beaumont, Texas native leads the squad with 24 multi-hit games and 21 multi-RBI games while also holding the longest reached-base streak this year at 26 straight. The center fielder started in all 56 games and hit .341 during the regular season.

Bulldog closer Kyle Crigger rounds out the first-team honors. Crigger has appeared in a team-leading 30 games while tossing in 56.2 innings. The senior right-hander holds a 1.43 ERA ranking him the fourth best in the country. The Corinth, Mississippi native has held opponents to a .211 batting average and ranks tied for first in the conference with 10 saves.

Corona was the first of three Bulldogs named to the second-team. The sophomore catcher started behind the dish in 53 of the 56 games played in the regular season hitting .296 and is tied for first on the team with 13 homers. Corona ranks first amongst the conference in putouts with 467 and runners caught stealing at 17. The Miami native currently takes a seven-game hitting streak into the tournament and has hit at .600 in that span.

Sixth-year senior Cade Gibson also earned second-team All-Conference honors in 2022. The left-hander has made 12 starts and holds a 5-4 record. 

In 78 innings pitched he boasts an outstanding 86 to 18 strikeout-to-walk ratio and his fifth in the conference in punchouts. 

Gibson recorded career-highs in strikeouts, fanning eight LSU Tigers, nine Golden Eagles and 10 Rice Owls.

Harland, a true freshman out of Baton Rouge, earned himself a spot on the second-team All-Conference and the exclusive All-Freshman team. 

The left-handed reliever capped off the regular season with a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings. He has a 43 to six strikeout-to-walk ratio and went 24 consecutive innings this year without allowing an earned run.

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