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Azar Named Student-Athlete of the Year
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Release: 06/17/2014
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FRISCO, Texas Sam Houston State senior Anthony Azar has been named the Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday in conjunction with the release of the All-Academic Baseball Teams.

Bearkat pitcher Tyler Eppler was also named to the All-Academic second team.

Azar, a native of The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands H.S.), is a geology major with a 3.45 grade-point average. He is the third Sam Houston baseball student-athlete to earn this distinction, joining Jake Arrington (2012) and Luke Prihoda (2007). Azar is a Dean’s List student and was tabbed Sam Houston’s men’s “Student-Athlete of the Year” for the 2013-14 academic season. He is making his second appearance on the all-academic team.

Since 2007, 16 Bearkats have been named their sports Student-Athlete of the Year a total of 19 times.

Azar led the league in total bases (127) and ranked second in the Southland in hits (86), RBI (49) and slugging percentage (.543) and third in batting average (.368), home runs (nine) and on-base percentage (.450), on his way to being named the league’s top player.

Azar, a three-time all-conference selection, was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, an honor that is given to the top Division I catcher. Azar hit .397 in league play to help the Bearkats win their final 12 regular-season conference games en route to claiming their third consecutive conference title and NCAA playoff berth.

Six student-athletes make a return appearance to the all-academic teams, including Lamar seniors Jude Vidrine and Chase Angelle making their third appearance while Azar, McNeese State junior Andrew Guillotte and senior Connor Lloyd and Sam Houston junior Tyler Eppler are making their second all-academic team.

2014 Southland Conference Baseball All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Anthony Azar^1,2

Sam Houston State

Sr.

The Woodlands, Texas

3.43

Geology

Andrew Guillotte1,2,%

McNeese State

Jr.

Moss Bluff, La.

3.58

Health Education

Russell Vaughn1,%,#

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Mesa, Ariz.

4.00

Health Science

Jason Stone1,%

UIW

Sr.

Georgetown, Texas

3.71

Vision Science

Jameson Fisher1,%

Southeastern Louisiana

So.

Zachary, La.

3.50

Kinesiology

Doug Votolato1

Central Arkansas

Sr.

Flower Mound, Texas

3.12

Marketing

Jackson Gooch1

McNeese State

Sr.

Delta, B.C.

3.47

General Studies

Chayse Marion1

McNeese State

Sr.

Reed Deer, Alberta

3.64

General Studies

Tyler Boss1

Oral Roberts

Sr.

Spring, Texas

3.26

Business Adminstration

Andro Cutura1

Southeastern Louisiana

Jr.

Pearl River, La.

3.20

Kinesiology

Brandon Tierney1

A&M-Corpus Christi

Sr.

Arlington, Texas

3.00

Communications

Edwin Gomez

Northwestern State

Sr.

Santiago, D.R.

4.00

General Studies

Second Team

Name

University

Class

Hometown

GPA

Major

Jude Vidrine3

Lamar

Sr.

Nederland, Texas

3.45

Mechanical Engineering

Reese Kanter

New Orleans

Sr.

Phoenix, Ariz.

3.84

Business Management

Chase Angelle3

Lamar

Sr.

Orange, Texas

3.82

Accounting

Lucas Quary

McNeese State

Sr.

Mt. Pleasant, Texas

3.89

Math

Grant Borne

Nicholls

So.

Baton Rouge, La.

3.50

Biology

Mike Chamberlain

Houston Baptist

Sr.

Nacogdoches, Texas

4.00

Kinesiology: Wellness Mgmt

Marc Picciola

Nicholls

Sr.

Destrehan, La.

3.52

General Studies

Connor Lloyd2

McNeese State

Sr.

Marshall, Texas

3.88

Health Education

Daniel Midyett

Southeastern Louisiana

So.

Shreveport, La.

3.40

Psychology

Tyler Eppler2

Sam Houston State

Jr.

Navasota, Texas

3.44

Kinesiology

Jordan McCoy

Houston Baptist

Sr.

Exline, Iowa

3.34

Kinesiology: Wellness Mgmt

Dylan Boss

UIW

Jr.

Boerne, Texas

3.95

Business Administration

^2014 Southland Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year

1Automatic Selection

2Two-time all-academic selection

3Three-time all-academic selection

%Capital One Academic All-District

#Capital One Academic All-America

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