Southeastern Baseball announces 1970s All-Decade Team

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HAMMOND, La. – All-Americans Andy Davis and Gus Malespin, as well as Kenny Lehrmann – the program’s all-time leader in pitching victories, highlight Southeastern Louisiana’s Baseball All-Decade Team for the 1970s, head coach Matt Riser announced Thursday.

Joining Lehrmann on the pitching staff are Terry Beaver, W.E. Knight, Blaine Roseberry, Wayne Silva and Richard Simon. A multi-position player, Simon is listed as the squad’s utility player.

Infielders include catcher Mark Butler, first baseman Russ Marsh, second baseman Greg Marten, Davis at shortstop and third baseman Glen Duplessis.

Outfielders are Kevin Fogg, Steve Grigas and Malespin while Ernie Johns slots in as the designated hitter.

As the length of the season expanded during the decade, this edition of the All-Decade Team expands its bench to carry a trio of extra players, including catcher Chris Belmont, infielder Paul Schultz and outfielder Dale Halladay.

Coaches during the decade include Jim Waldrop (1967-72), Bob Ricketts (1973-75), George Lee (1976) and Carl Torbush (1977-79).

Ricketts led the Lions to a Gulf South Conference Western Division title and NAIA playoff appearance in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll.

Lee made the most of his single-season tenure, guiding the Lions to a 26-11 record and an NCAA Regional appearance. His .703 career winning percentage is the highest in program history.

Torbush, who would later gain fame as the head football coach at Louisiana Tech, North Carolina and East Tennessee State, guided Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978.

Waldrop, a former professional baseball player, is a member of the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame, as are Davis, Grigas, Lehrmann and Marten. Davis and Malespin were the only unanimous selections to the All-Decade Team.

Players were placed on the ballot based on postseason awards, single-season and career records earned, and overall career achievements. The team was selected by a voting base consisting of former Southeastern baseball letterwinners, coaches and administrators.

All former Southeastern baseball lettermen are eligible to cast a ballot for each of the seven squads making up the All-Decade Teams. Ballots will be conducted by email. An executive committee consisting of current and former coaches, players and SIDs will oversee the creation of the final team structure.

Lettermen interested in participating are asked to contact Associate Sports Information Director Damon Sunde (damon.sunde@southeastern.edu) to be added to the voting panel.

PLAYER BIOS
Terry Beaver (1973-76) – Pitcher
Four-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … 1.39 ERA as a freshman is tied for the program’s second-lowest ERA in a single season … led the team in innings pitched (65.1) and strikeouts (46) as a sophomore … wrapped up his career ranked seventh in wins (16), 10th in innings pitched (188.0) and 10th in ERA (3.06) … currently ranks 10th all-time in walks (111), 20th in wins, 23rd in ERA and 34th in innings pitched.

W.E. Knight (1968, 1970-72) – Pitcher
Four-year letterwinner … 2.32 ERA led the team as a freshman and his six victories as a sophomore topped the staff … finished his career ranked third in appearances (47), fourth in both complete games (17) and losses (13), fifth in wins (16), innings pitched (223.1) and strikeouts (155), and 16th in ERA (3.71) … currently ranks fifth all-time in complete games, 19th in losses, 20th in wins, 23rd in both innings pitched and strikeouts, 43rd in appearances and 49th in ERA.

Kenny Lehrmann (1976-78) – Pitcher
Highly-decorated southpaw is the program’s all-time leader in wins (25) … earned ABCA All-Region (1978), Gulf South All-Conference (1976, 1978) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1976, 1977, 1978) during his three seasons … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … his 1.99 ERA in 1976 ranks as the 12th-lowest in program history … led the team in strikeouts all three seasons … his 90 strikeouts in 1977 were the second-highest single-season total in program history at the time, currently ranking 15th … also led the staff in wins twice and ERA once … at the time was just the second pitcher in program history to record double-digit victories … one of just five pitchers to toss double-digit complete games over the course of a single-season … finished his career ranked third in strikeouts (230) as well as fifth in both innings pitched (237.1) and complete games (14) … currently ranks ninth in career complete games (14), 12th in strikeouts and 17th in innings pitched (237.1) … inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.

Blaine Roseberry (1978-79) – Pitcher
Two-year letterwinner made the most of his time at Southeastern, earning ABCA All-Region (1978, 1979) Gulf South All-Conference (1979) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1978, 1979) honors … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … ranks second in program history with 19 complete games … one of just five pitchers to toss double-digit complete games over the course of a single-season … led the team in wins with 10 in 1979, becoming just the third pitcher in program history to record double-digit victories in a single season … led the staff in both ERA and innings pitched twice … finished his career ranked second in complete games (19), fifth in wins (19), 11th in strikeouts (114), 12th in innings pitched (179.2), 13th in ERA (3.16) … currently ranks second in complete games, 14th in wins, 26th in career ERA, 35th in innings pitched and 45th in strikeouts.

Wayne Silva (1973-76) – Pitcher
Four-year letterwinner earned Gulf South Conference All-Division honors in 1975 … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … led the team in wins three times, innings pitched twice and once each in ERA and strikeouts … three shutouts in 1976 tied the program’s single-season record … finished his career ranked second in shutouts (4), third in both wins (20) and innings pitched (248.1), fourth in both appearances (45) and losses (16), eighth in strikeouts (118) and 12th in ERA (3.15) … currently ranked second in shutouts, 11th in wins, 12th in both innings pitched and losses, 25th in ERA, 42nd in strikeouts and 49th in appearances.

Mark Butler (1974-77) – Catcher
Four-year letterwinner earned Gulf South Conference All-Division honors three times … helped lead Southeastern to an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … tied for the team lead with nine home runs in 1976, the second-highest single-season total in program history at the time … also paced the team with 39 base hits in 1977 … finished his career as the all-time leader in games played (146), second in at-bats (456), fourth in both doubles (22) and home runs (19), fifth in hits (127) and eighth in RBIs (77) … currently ranks 25th in homers, 36th in games played, 37th in at-bats, 51st in doubles, 52nd in RBIs and 55th in hits.

Russ Marsh (1978-79) – First Baseman
Two-year letterwinner earned a host of awards, including All-Region (1978, 1979), Gulf South All-Conference (1978) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1978, 1979) … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … led team in runs scored twice … set the program single-season record, at the time, with 21 stolen bases in 1987 … also set the single-game record with four steals against Southern Miss in 1978 … finished career with the program’s highest all-time batting average (.345) and second-highest slugging percentage (.552) and ninth-highest on-base percentage (.416) … currently ranks ninth in slugging percentage, 12th in batting average, 15th in stolen bases and 30th in on-base percentage.

Greg Marten (1972-75) – Second Baseman
Hammond native and four-year letterwinner … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … led the team in batting average (.336) and base hits (39) as a freshman, earning … senior team captain of 1975 CWS team eventually became the first full-time assistant coach and the winningest head coach in program history inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1996.

Andy Davis (1973-76) – Shortstop
Unanimous All-Decade selection … helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … four-year letterwinner is the only player in program history to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the College World Series … twice set then program single-season record for stolen bases … tied the program record for base hits (47) in 1975 on the way to earning All-America, ABCA All-Region, Gulf South All-Conference and Gulf South Conference All-Division honors … also earned All-Conference honors in 1976 and Gulf South All-Division honors in both 1974 and 1976 … led the team in runs scored all four seasons and base hits three times … finished career as the program’s all-time leader in runs scored (111), base hits (146) and stolen bases (64), in addition to ranking second in batting average (.332), fourth in at-bats (440), fifth in both on-base percentage (.424) and triples (6) … currently ranks fourth in stolen bases, 11th in triples, 20th in on-base percentage, 21st in runs scored, 22nd in batting average, 31st in base hits and 45th in at-bats … third-round selection (68th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 1976 MLB Draft … inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.

Glen Duplessis (1977, 1979-80) – Third Baseman
Three-year letterwinner … set then program record with a .410 batting average on the way to earning ABCA All-Region and Gulf South Conference All-Division honors in 1979 … also led the team with 57 base hits … finished career ranked 10th in home runs (14) and 11th in batting average (.312) … currently ranks 41st in batting average and 45th in homers.

Kevin Fogg (1973-76) – Outfielder
Four-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … earned ABCA All-Region (1975, 1976), Gulf South All-Conference (1973, 1975) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1973, 1975, 1976) honors … led the team in batting average twice, runs scored once and home runs once … finished career as the program’s career leader in on-base percentage (.450) in addition to ranking third in batting average (.331), runs scored (87) and base hits (131) … currently ranks fifth in on-base percentage, 24th in batting average, 41st in runs scored and 51st in hits.

Steve Grigas (1978, 1980) – Outfielder
Two-year letterwinner led the nation with 0.49 doubles per game while helping Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … set program records that season with a .396 batting average, 21 doubles in 43 games and nine-consecutive base hits … earned ABCA All-Region, Gulf South All-Conference and Gulf South Conference All-Division honors in 1978 … led team in batting average (1978), base hits (1978) and runs scored (1980) … 1978 slugging percentage of .651 was third-highest in program history at the time, currently ranking 12th for a single season … on-base percentage of .469 also ranked fourth at the time, currently ranking 17th … finished career ranked second in doubles (25), fourth in batting average (.336), ninth in both slugging (.508) and on-base (.418) percentages … currently ranks 16th in batting average, 28th in on-base percentage, 29th in slugging percentage and 38th in doubles … inducted into the Southeastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983.

Gus Malespin (1977-79) – Outfielder
Unanimous All-Decade selection … three-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … earned All-America honors after hitting .375 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 1979, striking out just twice in 128 at bats … also earned ABCA All-Region (1978, 1979), Gulf South All-Conference (1979) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1978, 1979) honors … led the team in both home runs and RBIs in 1979, tying the program’s single-season homer record setting the RBI record … walked more than he struck out in his career, fanning just 13 times in 291 career at bats … finished his career with the highest batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.684) in program history in addition to ranking second in home runs (21), fourth in on-base percentage (.428), fifth in triples (7) and seventh in RBIs (80) … still the program’s career leader in slugging percentage in addition to ranking third in batting average, ninth in triples, 17th in on-base percentage, 18th in home runs and 49th in RBIs … signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox following the 1979 season.

Ernie Johns (1975-77) – Designated Hitter
Three-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … earned Gulf South Conference All-Division honors in 1977 … led the team in home runs (10) in 1977, tying the program’s single-season record and becoming just the second Lion to hit double-digit homers in a season … also led the team in batting average (.299), runs scored (29) and RBIs (28) in 1977 … finished career ranked fifth in slugging percentage (.514), seventh in on-base percentage (.410) and eighth in home runs (13) … currently ranks 26th in slugging, 37th in on-base percentage and 51st in home runs.

Richard Simon (1970-73) – Utility
Four-year letterwinner is the program’s all-time leader in complete games (23) … earned Gulf South All-Conference and All-Division honors in 1973 while also helping lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title … led the team in ERA (1970, 1972), wins (1972, 1973), innings pitched (1970, 1972, 1973) and strikeouts (1970, 1972, 1973) multiple times throughout his career … saw significant time in the outfield as a sophomore and junior, hitting .327 in 101 at-bats in 1972 while also logging 79.1 innings on the mound … his 1.45 ERA as a senior is fifth-lowest in program history during a single season … finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in losses in addition to ranking second in wins (20), strikeouts (237) and innings pitched (294.0), third in appearances (47), sixth in ERA (2.72) … currently ranks sixth in strikeouts, innings pitched and losses, seventh in ERA, 11th in wins, 43rd in appearances … signed a free-agent contract with the Texas Rangers following the 1973 season.

Chris Belmont (1977-80) – Extra Catcher
Four-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference Tournament championship and an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 … earned ABCA All-Region (1978, 1979) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1978) honors … led the team with 11 home runs in 1978, setting a then program single-season record … finished career as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (23) in addition to ranking third in games played (136), 11th in slugging percentage (.499) … currently ranks 13th in home runs, 33rd in slugging percentage and 45th in games played.

Paul Schultz (1973-76) – Extra Infielder
Four-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to a Gulf South Conference division title in 1973 as well as an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … earned ABCA All-Region (1973), Gulf South All-Conference (1973, 1974, 1975) and Gulf South Conference All-Division (1973, 1974, 1975) honors … led the team in batting average (.337) and home runs (4) as a sophomore … finished career ranked second in games played (136), seventh in runs scored (78) and eighth in on-base percentage (.395) … currently ranks 45th in games played and 60th in both on-base percentage and runs scored.

Dale Halladay (1974-77) – Extra Outfielder
Four-year letterwinner helped lead Southeastern to an NCAA Regional championship, NCAA DII College World Series appearance and a No. 3 national ranking in the final 1975 Collegiate Baseball poll … earned Gulf South Conference All-Division honors as a freshman … led the team with .406 batting average in 1976 … finished career ranked sixth in batting average (.314) and ninth in on-base percentage (.399) … currently ranks 38th in batting average and 50th in on-base percentage.

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1970s ALL-DECADE TEAM
P – Terry Beaver
P – W.E. Knight
P – Kenny Lehrmann
P – Blaine Roseberry
P – Wayne Silva
C – Mark Butler
1B – Russ Marsh
2B – Greg Marten
SS – Andy Davis
3B – Glen Duplessis
OF – Kevin Fogg
OF – Steve Grigas
OF – Gus Malespin
DH – Ernie Johns
UT – Richard Simon
C – Chris Belmont
IF – Paul Schultz
OF – Dale Halladay

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