Tigers, Ragin’ Cajuns dominate LSWA All-Louisiana baseball team

The Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU baseball teams continue to collect postseason accolades.

The teams earned four of the five individual awards and put a combined 19 players on the first and second teams of the 2014 All-Louisiana college baseball team, announced Friday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The teams were selected after nominations were made by the sports information and media relations contacts from the state’s four-year baseball-playing schools. The nominees were voted on by a panel of media and sports information representatives who are LSWA members.

Louisiana-Lafayette led the way with 10 total players named to the first and second teams. Second baseman Jace Conrad was named Hitter of the Year, and the Cajuns’ Tony Robichaux took Coach of the Year honors, beating out Nicholls State’s Seth Thibodeaux, Southeastern’s Matt Riser and Tulane’s Jake Gautreau.

LSU’s Aaron Nola earned Pitcher of the Year honors for the second straight season. Fellow Tigers pitcher Jared Poché was named Freshman of the Year, and Southeastern outfielder Andrew Godbold was Newcomer of the Year.

Conrad was the Sun Belt Player of the Year. A Louisville Slugger All-American who ended the regular season hitting .367 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs, he was the first Louisiana-Lafayette player to be named a first-team All-American since 1999.

Robichaux, who just completed his 20th season at Louisiana-Lafayette, won the state’s top coaching honor for the sixth time after guiding the Cajuns to a unanimous No. 1 ranking as well as hosting an NCAA super regional for the first time in school history.

A two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year, Nola helped the Tigers to the SEC tournament title. A first-team all-American and Golden Spikes finalist, he led the SEC with 127 regular-season strikeouts and ranked second in the league in ERA.

In the regular season, Poché was 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA. The Lutcher native struck out 51 batters in 85.2 innings.

In his first season at Southeastern, Godbold hit .348 with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 57 RBIs as the Oak Park, Illinois, native was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.