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Senior Sean Bignall was one of five Trojans named to the All-Sun Belt Team on Tuesday along with Chance Cleveland, Blake Johnson, Myles Parma and Cameron Bentley.
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Senior Sean Bignall was one of five Trojans named to the All-Sun Belt Team on Tuesday along with Chance Cleveland, Blake Johnson, Myles Parma and Cameron Bentley.
Courtesy: Nelson Chenault
Senior Sean Bignall was one of five Trojans named to the All-Sun Belt Team on Tuesday along with Chance Cleveland, Blake Johnson, Myles Parma and Cameron Bentley.
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Record Five Trojans Named to All-Sun Belt Team
UALR Sports Information
Release: 05/22/2012

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The UALR baseball team had a school-record five players named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Team today, as announced by the league office prior to the start of the 2012 Sun Belt Tournament at Bowling Green Ballpark. Senior Sean Bignall and juniors Chance Cleveland, Blake Johnson and Myles Parma all received First Team All-Sun Belt honors, while senior Cameron Bentley was named Second Team All-SBC.

UALR's four first team honorees alone topped the program's previous high of three All-Sun Belt selections set in 2001 and 2003. Bignall, Johnson, Parma and Bentley led the way for a Trojan offense which ended the regular season ranked in the top-10 nationally in five offensive categories, while leading the Sun Belt Conference in eight. At the conclusion of the regular season, UALR was ranked first in the country with an NCAA-best 66 home runs (through games of May 20). Cleveland, meanwhile, was UALR's Friday night starter and ended the regular season tied for the Sun Belt lead in victories (nine) to go along with a conference-high 98 strikeouts.

Bignall was the main catalyst for the Trojan offense this season, enjoying a breakout senior year in which he established new school records for home runs (18) and total bases (149), while becoming the first player in school history to reach 60 runs and 60 RBI in a season. A native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Bignall ended the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.696), fifth in total bases and sixth in RBI. He currently leads the Sun Belt Conference in each of those categories, along with runs scored, where he ranks 11th in the country. His 64 RBI place him second on UALR's all-time single-season list, one shy of the school record, while his 60 runs scored are good enough for third all-time at UALR.

A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, Bignall tied the school record for home runs in a game by hitting three in a win over South Dakota State on March 7, while setting a new UALR standard with 14 total bases. The 5-8 outfielder tied another school record by scoring five runs in UALR's 17-8 win over South Alabama on April 13. He was named Sun Belt Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks this season (March 5 and March 12), and ends his career tied for second on UALR's all-time home run chart with 20.

Cleveland ended the regular season with a league-high 98 strikeouts, while tying for the conference lead with nine victories. In his first season at UALR, Cleveland (9-4) tied the school record for single-season wins and racked up 98 strikeouts over 91.2 innings of work, while holding opposing hitters to a .244 batting average. The Pine Bluff, Ark.-native averaged 9.62 strikeouts per nine and issued just 33 walks over his 14 starts for a 2.97 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. He had three games with 10-or-more strikeouts on the year, including a season-high 12 strikeouts to lead UALR to a 5-3 win over Troy on March 23. He went 5-4 in league games and led all players with 69 strikeouts over 64.2 innings in conference play. His 98 strikeouts are good enough for second place on UALR's all-time single-season list.

Johnson garnered All-SBC First Team honors at catcher after a 2012 season in which he hit .315 and ranked second on the team with 14 doubles and a .533 slugging percentage. The Sachse, Texas-native totaled 30 runs, 33 RBI and six homers over 43 starts behind the plate. He was named to the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 7, an honor given annually to the nation's top catcher, and enjoyed a 12-game hit streak from March 30-April 20 - the longest by a Trojan this season. He started all 30 Sun Belt games for the Trojans, hitting .310 with 10 doubles, five homers, 23 RBI and a .526 slugging percentage against conference opponents, while throwing out a league-high seven base runners.

Parma was named First Team All-Sun Belt as a utility player following a junior season in which he hit .292 while leading the league with 46 walks and ranking second in the SBC with a .449 on-base percentage. The Memphis, Tenn.-native played in 53 games with 52 starts this season, with 17 starts at first base, 19 starts in right field, 10 starts at catcher and six starts at designated hitter. He totaled 40 runs, 10 doubles, four home runs and 31 RBI, and his 46 walks are good enough for fourth place on UALR's all-time single-season list. He played in all 30 conference games with 29 starts, and hit .305 with a .447 on-base percentage in league play. He reached base in the first 25 games of the year before an 0-for-4 performance at WKU on March 31, to extend his streak to 47-consecutive games dating back to the 2011 season.

Bentley earned a spot in the Second Team All-SBC outfield after a batting .339 with 42 runs scored, 17 doubles, six home runs and 22 stolen bases as a senior. The Kansas City, Mo.-native ranked second on the team in batting average, runs scored, total bases (120) and stolen bases, while pacing the team in hits (77) and doubles. He ended the regular season tied for the league lead in doubles, while ranking second in hits and third in stolen bases. His 77 hits are good enough to tie for third place on UALR's all-time single-season list, while his 22 steals place him seventh all-time in school history. Bentley paced the Trojans with a .333 batting average, 43 hits and 67 total bases in league play, and led all Sun Belt players with 17 stolen bases and 11 doubles in conference games. He led the Trojans with 22 multi-hit games and ended the year with a .993 fielding percentage and nine outfield assists. He ends his UALR career tied for sixth place on the school's all-time list for stolen bases with 34.

2012 ALL-SBC FIRST TEAM
Chance Cleveland (UALR, Jr., SP)
Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., SP)
Ryan Garton (Florida Atlantic, Sr., SP)
R.J. Alvarez (Florida Atlantic, Jr., RP)
Blake Johnson (UALR, Jr., C)
Logan Pierce (Troy, Jr., 1B)
Mike Albaladejo (Florida Atlantic, Sr., 2B)
Jeremy Sy (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., SS)
Mike Martinez (FIU, Sr., 3B)
Sean Bignall (UALR, Sr., OF)
Jabari Henry (FIU, Jr., OF)
Justin Guidry (Middle Tennessee, Sr., OF)
Whitt Dorsey (South Alabama, Jr., DH)
Myles Parma (UALR, Jr., UTIL)

2012 ALL-SBC SECOND TEAM
Randy Zeigler (Louisiana-Monroe, Jr., SP)
Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Fr., SP)
Jarron Cito (South Alabama, Jr., SP)
John Koch (Arkansas State, Jr., RP)
Mike Spano (Florida Atlantic, C, Jr.)
Joey Rapp (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., 1B)
Johnny Thomas (Middle Tennessee, Jr., 2B)
Dustin Jones (Arkansas State, So., SS)
Hank LaRue (Middle Tennessee, So., 3B)
Cameron Bentley (UALR, Sr., OF)
Pablo Bermudez (FIU, Jr., OF)
Jordan Patterson (South Alabama, So., OF)
Adam Kirsch (FIU, Jr., DH)
Scott Wilcox (WKU, So., UTIL)

2012 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Sy (Louisiana-Monroe, Sr., SS)

2012 PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Jacob Lee (Arkansas State, Sr., SP)

2012 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee, Fr., SP)

2012 RON MAESTRI COACH OF THE YEAR
Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State

 

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