BB: App State Baseball Lands Two on 2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team

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BB: App State Baseball Lands Two on 2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team

 

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, two App State players earn a spot on the 2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team.
 
Sophomore second baseman Luke Drumheller and senior reliever Andrew Papp become App State’s first two Sun Belt preseason honorees in program history. The Mountaineers joined the league in 2015, winning their most conference games (13) as a league member this past season.
 
Drumheller, a Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American, led the Mountaineers with a .337 batting average, 15 doubles, 37 RBIs, 67 hits and a .401 on-base percentage. The second baseman recorded 21 multi-hit games, tying an NCAA record with a five-double performance in a 14-0 win at Furman.
 
Drumheller ranked second among Sun Belt second basemen in 2019 with 37 RBIs, a .452 slugging percentage and 15 doubles.
 
Papp led App State with six saves and finished second on the team with a 3.38 ERA as a junior. The reliever has posted an ERA under 3.40 in both of his seasons at App State, striking out 45 batters and allowing just 14 walks in 42.2 innings pitched in 2019. Opposing hitters batted only .226 against the right-hander, which ranked second among App State pitchers this past season.
 
The Mountaineers were also picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt’s East Division. App State finished fifth in the division in 2019, recording a program-best 13 victories in conference.
 
Appalachian returns three .300 hitters this season – Drumheller, Tyler Leek and Kendall McGowan. Along with Papp, App State’s pitching staff welcomes back starter Tyler Tuthill, who finished his freshman season with six victories, 60 strikeouts and a 4.36 ERA.
 
App State adds 10 newcomers, comprising six freshmen and four transfers. D1Baseball tabbed freshman Noah Hall, a right-handed pitcher from Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Sun Belt’s No. 4 impact freshman in its 2020 Sun Belt Conference Preview.
 
The Mountaineers open the 2020 season at Gardner-Webb on Feb. 14. App State begins Sun Belt play at Texas State on March 13.

App State Baseball would like to thank AutoStar Nissan of Boone for serving as the presenting sponsor of the 2020 season. Season tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE for the App State Ticket Central site, by calling the Appalachian State athletics ticket office at (828) 262-2079 or by going to the ticket office, located at the Holmes Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
 
2020 Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference Baseball Team
Drake Nightengale, South Alabama (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Hattiesburg, Miss.)
Zach McCambley, Coastal Carolina (Junior, Starting Pitcher, Mount Pocono, Pa.)
Levi Thomas, Troy (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Cullman, Ala.)
Andrew Papp, Appalachian State (Senior, Relief Pitcher, Raleigh, N.C.)
Jack Jumper, Arkansas State (Senior, Relief Pitcher, Benton, Ark.)
Kale Emshoff, Little Rock (RS-Senior, Catcher, Robstown, Texas)
Kaleb DeLatorre, South Alabama (Senior, First Base, Fort Scott, Kan.)
Luke Drumheller, Appalachian State (Sophomore, Second Base, Charlotte, N.C.)
Hayden Cantrelle, Louisiana (Junior, Shortstop, Lafayette, La.)
Garrett Scott, Little Rock (RS-Senior, Third Base, Spring, Texas)
Mason McWhorter, Georgia Southern (Senior, Outfielder, Cumming, Ga.)
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama (Sophomore, Outfielder, Andalusia, Ala.)
Rigsby Mosley, Troy (Junior, Outfielder, Maitland, Fla.)
Will Hollis, Texas State (Senior, Designated Hitter, McKinney, Texas)
Andrew Beesley, ULM (Senior, Utility, Natchez, Miss.)
 
2020 Preseason Player of the Year
Ethan Wilson, South Alabama (Sophomore, Outfielder, Andalusia, Ala.)
 
2020 Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Drake Nightengale, South Alabama (Senior, Starting Pitcher, Hattiesburg, Miss.)
 
2020 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll
First-place votes in parentheses
 
EAST DIVISION
1. South Alabama (6) – 62 pts
2. Coastal Carolina (4) – 61 pts
3. Georgia Southern (2) – 50 pts
4. Troy – 41 pts
5. Appalachian State – 23 pts
6. Georgia State – 15 pts
 
WEST DIVISION
1. UT Arlington (3) – 58 pts
2. Louisiana (5) – 57 pts
3. Texas State (3) – 55 pts
4. Little Rock (1) – 39 pts
5. ULM – 25 pts
6. Arkansas State – 18 pts