Six Trojans earn All-Sun Belt honors

Published 3:30 pm Monday, May 20, 2024

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A total of six Troy Trojans were named to the All-Sun Belt Baseball team, the highest number in the conference for one team.

Troy catcher Brooks Bryan earned First-Team honors, while pitcher Luke Lyon, first baseman Will Butcher, second baseman Ethan Kavanagh, outfielder Kole Myers and designated hitter Kyle Mock earned second-team honors.

“We are thrilled to have six players named to the All-SBC teams,” head coach Skylar Meade said. “A great accomplishment for an outstanding group of players, and to be honest, I know we had plenty more right in the hunt. The more the team wins, the more individual awards follow, so congrats to Brooks, Kole, Mock, Luke, Kav, and the Meat Man.”

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Bryan was also named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award on Monday, which goes to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Bryan leads the conference with a Troy-record 82 RBIs this season, which is also third in the country. Bryan also boats 17 home runs, 10 doubles, two triples and 51 runs on the season. As Troy’s catcher, Bryan holds a .996 fielding percentage with 216 putouts, 19 assists and two double plays.

Lyon holds an 8-3 record in his first year as a starting pitcher for the Trojans. He holds a 3.95 ERA with 53 strikeouts in 70 and 2/3 innings pitched. His winning starts rank first in the Sun Belt and 22nd nationally.

Myers’ on-base percentage (.500) ranks second in the Sun Belt and he also boasts a .335 batting average with 12 homers, 10 doubles, four triples, 41 RBIs and 77 runs. He also holds a .973 fielding percentage with 143 putouts, three assists and one double play.

Kavanagh leads Troy with a .371 batting average this season along with two homers, 12 doubles, 50 RBIs and 57 runs. On defense, he ranks 17th in the country among second basemen in Wins Above Replacement (WAR), holding a .952 fielding percentage with 74 putouts, 65 assists and 14 double plays.

Butcher has been a stellar addition to the Troy roster this season on both offense and defense. Offensively, he boasts a .276 batting average with 15 home runs, 21 doubles, 70 RBIs and 55 runs. On the defensive end, Butcher boasts a .989 fielding percentage with 439 putouts, 22 assists and 41 double plays.

Mock has been one of the top designated hitters in the Sun Belt this season with a .354 batting average, nine home runs, 13 doubles, 47 RBIs and 46 runs. He also boasts a .583 slugging percentage and a .482 on-base percentage.

Louisana’s Kyle Debarge was named Sun Belt Player of the Year, while Louisiana’s right-handed pitcher LP Langevin earned Pitcher of the Year, Appalachian State outfielder Banks Tolley was named Newcomer of the Year, Louisiana pitcher Chase Morgan earned Freshman of the Year, Louisiana’s Matt Deggs was named Ron Maestri Coach of the Year and Georgia Southern outfielder Sam Blancato took home the Tony Robichaux Leadership Award.


All-Sun Belt First Team
P: Chase Morgan, Louisiana (Fr.)
P: Bryce Blevins, Marshall (So.)
P: Billy Oldham, Southern Miss (Sr.)
RP: LP Langevin, Louisiana (Jr.)
C: Brooks Bryan, Troy (So.)
1B: Trey LaFleur, Louisiana (Sr.)
2B: Blake Barthol, Coastal Carolina (So.)
SS: Kyle DeBarge, Louisiana (Jr.)
3B: Sam Antonacci, Coastal Carolina (Jr.)
OF: Banks Tolley, Appalachian State (Sr.)
OF: Graham Brown, Coastal Carolina (Sr.)
OF: Fenwick Trimble, James Madison (Jr.)
DH: Slade Wilks, Southern Miss (Sr.)
UT: Austin St. Laurent, Appalachian State (Jr.)

All-Sun Belt Second Team
P: Andrew Hermann, Louisiana (Jr.)
P: Niko Mazza, Southern Miss (Jr.)
P: Luke Lyon, Troy (Jr.)
RP: Grant Wood, South Alabama (Jr.)
C: Caden Bodine, Coastal Carolina (So.)
1B: Will Butcher, Troy (Sr.)
2B: Ethan Kavanagh, Troy (Sr.)
SS: Ozzie Pratt, Southern Miss (Jr.)
3B: Will Mize, Georgia State (Sr.)
OF: Luke Waters, Old Dominion (Jr.)
OF: Dalton McIntyre, Southern Miss (Jr.)
OF: Kole Myers, Troy (Sr.)
DH: Kyle Mock, Troy (Sr.)
UT: Josh Tate, Georgia Southern (So.)