AWARDS: Williams, Buchhorn, Brown earn ASC first-team honors

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

TYLER – UT Tyler seniors Daniel Williams, Trenton Buchhorn and Cody Brown were each named American Southwest Conference First-Team for the Patriots who had 14 all-conference selections in a vote of league head coaches in a season where they won the regular-season championship and are playing this weekend for their third straight ASC tournament title.

Along with the first-team selections, Ben Romines, Ryan Cheatham, Cason Adams and Reese Read earned second-team honors and Gunnar Quick and Kyle Broussard were named to the third team. Graham Welch, Miles Thomas, Blake Wilson Tim Hunter and Alex Bishop each received honorable mention selections after helping lead the Patriots to a dominant 21-3 record against conference opponents.

UT Tyler will host East Texas Baptist this weekend in the ASC Championship Gold Bracket finals starting at 7 p.m. on Friday and then at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Irwin Field. The Patriots took two of three at ETBU to end the regular season and will enter the series having won 23 of 26 games in Tyler this season.

Williams leads the nation with 76 hits this season and enters this weekend with a .418 batting average. A senior from Katy, Williams also leads the Patriots with 51 RBI, eight home runs and 12 doubles. His 51 RBI ranks 14th nationally and he is only three hits away from breaking the UT Tyler single-season hits record of 79 by Clay Baker in 2008. Williams blasted a three-run home run last Sunday in the ASC Blue Bracket final and is currently seventh in program history in RBI.

“Danny Williams is a special hitter,” Porche said. “Not only is he extremely strong and powerful, but he is a smart hitter. He has put up great numbers and he doesn't get pitched to all that much. He is able to be patient enough to get his pitch and does some serious damage when he does. He makes the hitters around him better.”

Buchhorn earned first-team honors for the second straight season after hitting .419 with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 34 RBI. A senior from Arlington, Buchhorn had 11 multi-hit games this season and eight multi-RBI games.

“Bucky is one of the best all-around hitters I've ever coached,” Porche said. “He has the ability to drive the ball to both sides of the ballpark and has some other tools to go with it. He has done what we've asked in moving positions to the outfield this year and filled in at first base when needed as well. He is the emotional leader on our ball club and having him in the line-up makes us a better ball club.”

Brown is a four-time ASC Pitcher of the Week and enters the conference finals with an 8-2 record. A senior from Fulshear, Brown is second in the ASC with 78 strikeouts and owns a 2.74 ERA in 72 1/3 innings. Brown is coming off earning the win over Concordia in the ASC Blue Bracket finals and leads the team with five complete games and two shutouts.

“Cody Brown is an extremely talented pitcher, but more importantly, he is a warrior,” Porche said. “The guy has battled for his team every time out. It's nice to send a guy out there with dominate stuff in that 7-inning game every week knowing he is going to finish the game and keep you in it more times than not.”

Romines earns second-team honors after hitting .352 with six doubles, five triples, a home run and producing 20 RBI for the Patriots. A junior from Tyler, Romines has scored 31 runs and is one hit-by-pitch from tying Nathan Skeen (2010) with 17 for the program’s single-season record. Cheatham is 9-0 on the season and was named to the second team along with Adams who is 8-0 on the season. Cheatham has recorded 49 strikeouts and has a 2.82 ERA in a team-leading 76 2/3 innings, while Adams has 64 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. Read is 10th nationally with eight saves and has 24 strikeouts and a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings.

Quick started all 44 games this season and is hitting .301 with 11 doubles and three home runs, while Broussard earned third-team honors after hitting .355 with 16 RBI. Hunter leads the nation with 59 walks and is second on the team with 42 runs scored as the team’s leadoff hitter, while Bishop is an honorable mention selection after missing over a month with injury but still hitting .327 with five doubles, three home runs and producing 21 RBI.

2017 All-ASC Baseball Teams
Individual Awards

Player of the Year   Conner Combs2East Texas Baptist
Pitcher of the Year   Jamie AndriotUT Dallas
Freshman of the Year   Isaiah SwannUT Dallas
Newcomer of the Year   Barry CaseyUT Dallas
Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year   Conner CombsEast Texas Baptist
Coaching Staff of the Year   UT Dallas  (Head Coach Shane Shewmake; Assistants Sean West, Terry Tuck)

First Team

1B Conner Combs2 S East Texas Baptist Southlake, Texas / Carroll
2B Ryan Burciaga2 So UT Dallas Katy, Texas / Morton Ranch
SS Taylor Cooling2 Jr Hardin-Simmons Mont Belvieu, Texas / Barbers Hill
3B Connor Scruggs Jr UT Dallas Garland, Texas / Naaman Forest
C Mitch Barati2 Sr UT Dallas Orlando, Fla. / Boone
OF Zach Gartner So East Texas Baptist The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands
OF Josh Covey2 Jr UT Dallas Tomball, Texas / Tomball
OF Justin Crider Jr Univ. of Ozarks Dallas, Texas /  Liberty
OF Luke Richter Fr UT Dallas Austin, Texas / McCallum
SP Jamie Andriot Jr UT Dallas Plano, Texas / Homeschooled
SP Cody Brown Sr UT Tyler Fulshear, Texas / Fort Bend Austin HS
SP Ruben Renteria Jr UT Dallas El Paso, Texas / Montwood
RP Aaron Barteau Sr Mary Hardin-Baylor Dallas, Texas / Bishop Lynch
DH Daniel Williams Sr UT Tyler Katy, Texas / Mayde Creek
UTL Trenton Buchhorn2 Sr UT Tyler Arlington, Texas / Arlington Martin

Second Team

1B Barry Casey Jr UT Dallas Southlake, Texas / Carroll
2B Johnny Campos Sr Sul Ross State Odessa, Texas / Odessa
SS Zach Compton3 Sr East Texas Baptist Pflugerville, Texas / Pflugerville
3B Chris York Jr Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Lubbock
C Casey Combs So East Texas Baptist Southlake, Texas / Carroll
OF Ben Romines Jr UT Tyler Tyler, Texas / Robert E. Lee
OF Caleb Maddox Jr Concordia Texas Katy, Texas / Cinco Ranch
OF Kiefer Moore2 Sr Louisiana College Shreveport, La. / Northwood
OF Jaxon Rader2 Sr East Texas Baptist Paris, Texas / Paris
SP Ryan Cheatham Jr UT Tyler Whitehouse, Texas / Whitehouse
SP Matthew Brown Sr Concordia Texas Houston, Texas / St. Thomas
SP * Cason Adams3 Sr UT Tyler Rockwall, Texas / Rockwall
SP * Nathan Kent Sr Mary Hardin-Baylor Hewitt, Texas / Midway
SP * Charlie Waddingham2 Sr Louisiana College Brandon, Miss. / St. Joseph
RP Reese Read2 Sr UT Tyler Bridgeport, Texas / Bridgeport
DH Tyler Jenkins Jr McMurry Abilene, Texas / Cooper
UTL Seth Stevens Sr Louisiana College Central, La. / Central Private School

Third Team

1B Ryan Almager Jr Sul Ross State Lubbock, Texas / Lubbock
2B Gunnar Quick Sr UT Tyler Lufkin, Texas / Lufkin
SS Isaiah Swann Fr UT Dallas Marietta, Ga. / Wheeler
3B David Groves So Howard Payne Graham, Texas / Graham
C * Walt Aldridge Jr Louisiana College McComb, Miss. / Parklane Academy
C * Kyle Broussard Sr UT Tyler Tatum, Texas / Tatum
OF * Johnathan Bigley2 Jr Sul Ross State Dripping Springs, Texas / Dripping Springs
OF * Zack de Luna2 Sr Hardin-Simmons Pittsburg, Texas / Pittsburg
OF * Michael Evan3 Jr Concordia Texas Cameron, Texas / Yoe
OF Andrew Beck3 So Univ. of the Ozarks Conway, Ark. / St. Joseph
SP Casey Frazier Jr Mary Hardin-Baylor Salado, Texas /  Salado
SP Cody Remore Jr Sul Ross State Liberty Hills, Texas / Liberty Hills
SP * Cole Hanson Jr UT Dallas Houston, Texas / Cypress Fair
SP * Kyle Loson Sr East Texas Baptist Kingwood, Texas / Kingwood Park
RP Zach Moseley2 Jr Howard Payne Harker Heights, Texas / Harker Heights
DH Jake Valadez2 Sr Concordia Texas Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock
UTL Patrick Clifford Jr Univ. of the Ozarks Grand Prairie, Texas / South Grand Prairie

Honorable Mention

1B Chase Edwards Fr Univ. of the Ozarks Chandler, Ariz. / Horizon Comm. Learning Ctr
1B Bret Leiferman2 So Concordia Texas Round Rock, Texas / Round Rock
1B Colton Parker2 Sr Hardin-Simmons Decatur, Texas / Decatur
1B Alex Bishop2 Jr UT Tyler Calgary, Alberta / Vauxhall Academy
2B Kyle Jacobs2 Sr LeTourneau Leander, Texas / Rouse
2B Noah Payne2 So Howard Payne Humble, Texas / Atascocita
2B Josh Woolly Jr Univ. of the Ozarks Spiro, Okla. / Spiro
SS Casen Novak Fr Concordia Texas Flatonia, Texas / Flatonia
SS Tim Hunter Sr UT Tyler Austin, Texas / McNeil
3B Mitch Patterson So Mary Hardin-Baylor Magnolia, Texas / Magnolia
3B Colton Poindexter2 Sr Concordia Texas Humble, Texas / Atascocita
3B Dakota Ebarb So Univ. of the Ozarks Lavon, Texas / Community
3B Blake Wilson2 So UT Tyler Midlothian, Texas / Midlothian
C Bryce Elder Jr Univ. of the Ozarks Ottawa, Kan. / Ottawa
OF Graham Welch2 So UT Tyler Plano, Texas / Plano Senior
OF Cody Berryman2 Jr Hardin-Simmons Shallowater, Texas / Shallowater
OF Dakota Best Fr Mary Hardin-Baylor Giddings, Texas / Giddings
OF Sully Martin2 Jr Louisiana College Paulina, La. / Lutcher
OF Michael Morton So UT Dallas Colorado Springs, Colo. / Cedar Ridge
OF Wesley Moss2 So Sul Ross State San Antonio, Texas / Brennan
OF Gonzalo Sosa Jr LeTourneau Houston, Texas / Langham Creek
SP Garrett Johnston Sr Hardin-Simmons Graham, Texas/ Graham
SP Matthew Williams Fr Concordia Texas Austin, Texas / Hyde Park
RP Justin Traxler3 Jr Concordia Texas Austin, Texas / Vista Ridge
RP Tristin DerMargosian Jr UT Dallas Fort Worth, Texas / Northwest
RP Logan Sprinkle Sr East Texas Baptist Pflugerville, Texas / Pflugerville
RP Miles Thomas Jr UT Tyler Clinton, Miss. / Clinton
RP Evan Mativi Sr Louisiana College Prairieville, Fla. / Dutchtown
RP Ryan Todd Sr Sul Ross State Holliday, Texas / Holliday
RP Kyle Barnett Jr Hardin-Simmons Stamford, Texas / Stamford
DH Ty Johnson Sr Mary Hardin-Baylor Copperas Cove, Texas / Copperas Cove
DH Dylan Sweeney So Hardin-Simmons Midlothian, Texas / Midlothian
DH Ryan DeLeon So Sul Ross State Plainview, Texas / Plainview
UTL Mark Frankhouser Fr Mary Hardin-Baylor Cibolo, Texas / Steele

Tie in voting*
Two-time All-Conference2
Three-time All-Conference3