Posted: Jan 30, 2013 4:13 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 4:14 PM
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi slugger Jonathan Gonzales was named Preseason Second Team All-Southland at designated hitter on Wednesday, earning the honor after being selected to the second team at the conclusion of last season. A year ago, Gonzales .299 with nine home runs and five doubles while playing through an elbow injury. Gonzales was the only Islanders selection in the group of 24 players.
In addition to the announcement of the teams, the preseason polls were also released, with the Islanders being picked in a tie for sixth by the sports information director and seventh by the head coaches.
The coaches and the sports information directors chose the same top five teams, with Sam Houston State being picked to win the league for a second straight season. Next up was Southeastern Louisiana, followed by Oral Roberts in third, Stephen F. Austin in fourth and Central Arkansas at fifth.
The coaches then picked Lamar to finish sixth and the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi seventh, while the SIDs reached a tie between the Cardinals and the Islanders for sixth place.
The bottom three teams are also the same on both rankings, with the final three predicted to be McNeese State, Northwestern State and then Nicholls State.
The coaches gave Sam Houston 9 of 10 first-place votes, with the other going to Southeastern La. from SHSU coach David Pierce, as a coach cannot vote for his own team. The SID poll was much more divided, with Sam picking up four first-place votes, while Southeastern and Oral Roberts received three votes each.
The Islanders season kicks off on Feb. 15 at Chapman Field as the team hosts Texas - Pan American in a four-game set, with single games on Friday and Sunday and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday.
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