Taylor Schwaner earns second preseason All-America honor

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana third baseman Taylor Schwaner earned his second Preseason All-American honor of 2018, Perfect Game announced Tuesday.

The senior spent most of last season challenging for the national RBI crown. As late as May 11, Schwaner was third nationally in RBI behind eventual leader Gavin Sheets of Wake Forest and Mississippi State phenom Brent Rooker.

He wrapped up the season hitting .332, with 15 doubles, four triples, 16 home runs, 72 RBI and 17 stolen bases. Schwaner finished eighth nationally in RBI, leading the Southland Conference in home runs and slugging percentage (.668). He also finished in the conference’s Top 10 in runs scored (56), walks (43) and stolen bases.

A senior from Slidell, Louisiana, Schwaner turned in 19 multi-hit performances, including hitting for the cycle against nationally ranked UL Lafayette. He punctuated the feat with a walk-off home run in the 14th inning, one of two game-winners he hit in 2017. He also drove in multiple runs on 21 occasions.

The Southland Conference Player of the Year and a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser and Greg Olson trophies, Schwaner also earned All-Academic, All-Conference, All-State and All-Region honors this past season.

Schwaner and the Lions open the 2018 baseball season Feb. 16 against SIU-Edwardsville at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field, kicking off a nine-game homestand that includes games with UL Lafayette, UConn and LSU.

Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466.

First Team
Pos. Name School Class
C Joey Bart Georgia Tech JR
1B Seth Beer Clemson JR
2B Nick Madrigal Oregon State JR
3B Alec Bohm Wichita State JR
SS Jeremy Eierman Missouri State JR
OF Travis Swaggerty South Alabama JR
OF Tristan Pompey Kentucky JR
OF Griffin Conine Duke JR
DH Luken Baker Texas Christian JR
UT Tanner Dodson California JR
SP Steven Gingery Texas Tech JR
SP Brady Singer Florida JR
SP Casey Mize Auburn JR
SP Logan Gilbert Stetson JR
SP Ryan Rolison Mississippi SO
RP Michael Byrne Florida JR
RP Nick Sandlin Southern Miss JR
UT Tanner Dodson California JR

Second Team
Pos. Name School Class
C Shea Langeliers Baylor SO
1B Greyson Jenista Wichita State JR
2B Braden Shewmake Texas A&M SO
3B Johnny Aiello Wake Forest JR
SS Nico Hoerner Stanford JR
OF Steele Walker Oklahoma JR
OF Niko Hulsizer Morehead State JR
OF Jake McCarthy Virginia JR
DH Julian Infante Vanderbilt JR
UT Matt Wallner Southern Miss SO
SP Tyler Holton Florida State JR
SP Jared Janczak Texas Christian JR
SP Shane McClanahan South Florida R-SO
SP Konnor Pilkington Mississippi State JR
SP Trey Cumbie Houston JR
RP Durbin Feltman Texas Christian JR
RP T.J. Sikkema Missouri SO
UT Matt Wallner Southern Miss SO

Third Team
Pos. Name School Class
C James Free Pacific SO
1B Andrew Vaughn California SO
2B Nick Dunn Maryland JR
3B Taylor Schwaner Southeastern SR
SS Tyler Frank Florida Atlantic JR
OF Jackson Lueck Florida State JR
OF Jake Mangum Mississippi State JR
OF Zach Watson Louisiana State SO
DH Joe Davis Houston JR
UT Kevin Milam Saint Mary’s SO
SP Jackson Kowar Florida JR
SP Sean Hjelle Kentucky JR
SP Nolan Kingham Texas JR
SP Tim Cate UConn JR
SP Tristan Beck* Stanford JR
RP Josh Hiatt North Carolina R-SO
RP Brett Conine Cal State Fullerton JR
UT Kevin Milam Saint Mary’s SO

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