The Louisiana Sports Writers Association recently named four SLU Lions to its All-Louisiana Team. Earning a spot on the 2nd team were senior RHP Chris Franklin, sophomore SS Justin Boudreaux and junior DH Joe Sparacino. Freshmen LHP Jordan Hymel was named Honorable Mention.
Franklin, who was drafted in the 12th round by the San Diego Padres, went 8-7 on the season with a 3.87 earned run average and seven saves on the year while leading the team in with 82 strikeouts in 88.1 innings pitched.
Boudreaux, a sophomore from Prairieville, led Southeastern with 13 home runs and a Southland-Conference best 66 RBI on the season. The former Dutchtown High product, who was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection, hit .313 on the season and led Southeastern in runs scored (66) and was tied for the team lead in stolen bases (17).
Sparacino, a junior from Alabaster, Ala., hit .324 on the season and established career-highs in home runs (8), slugging percentage (.561), on-base percentage (.448) and walks (23). Sparacino ended the season with a career-best 12-game hitting streak and belted a ninth-inning grand slam to help Lions earn a three-game sweep at Stephen F. Austin.
Hymel, who earlier earned Freshman All-America honors by Louisville Slugger, went 7-1 on the mound with 41 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched. The former Lutcher High product appeared in 17 games with 11 starts as a true freshman and finished third on the team in wins and games started.