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Ryan Gotcher Named Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 01/23/2007
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LITTLE ROCK – UALR senior Ryan Gotcher picked up another preseason honor on Tuesday, as the Tulsa, Okla.-native was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Team, as voted on by the league’s coaches. A preseason Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American, Gotcher led the Trojans in eight offensive categories in 2006, including batting average (.360), doubles (21) and stolen bases (25).

 

“This is a great honor for Ryan. I feel like he had a great year last year and was deserving of the honor,” said UALR head coach Jim Lawler. “We have a great league with a lot of great players and hopefully we can add another player or two to the all-conference list at season’s end.”

 

In his first year at UALR after transferring from Missouri State, Gotcher led the Trojans in batting average, doubles stolen bases, hits (76), at-bats (211), total bases (118), slugging percentage (.559) and on-base percentage (.452). He ended the season ranked 25th nationally in doubles per game (0.4) and 46th in steals per game (0.47), while his 21 doubles tied him for third in the Sun Belt rankings.

 

He ranked second on the team with 47 runs scored and 28 walks, and ended the year with 32 runs batted in – 19 of which came in Sun Belt games. He led the Trojans with 21 multi-hit games, including eight contests with three-or-more hits, and his 25 stolen bases placed him fifth on UALR’s all-time list for thefts in a season.

 

He spent the summer playing for the Wareham Gatemen, leading the team with 15 stolen bases while starting 37 of 40 games.

 

UALR opens the 2007 season on Feb. 9, when it takes on Central Arkansas at 3 p.m.

 

 

Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

Mickey Storey (FAU, Jr., SP)

Hunter Moody (ULL, Jr., SP)

Danny Farquhar (ULL, So., RP)

Josh Dew (Troy, RP)

Jonathan Lucroy (ULL, Jr., C)

Jeff Cunningham (USA, Jr., 1B)

Johnny Giavotella (UNO, So., 2B)

Ben Soignier (ULM, So., SS)

Devery Van De Keere (ULL, Sr., 3B)

Chris Dunn (FIU, Sr., OF)

James McOwen (FIU, Jr., OF)

Ryan Gotcher (UALR, Sr., OF)

Josh Yates (ASU, Sr., DH)

 

Preseason Player of the Year

Josh Dew (Troy, Sr., 1B/RP)

 

Preseason Pitcher of the Year

Hunter Moody (ULL, Jr., SP)

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