Texas State was well represented when the Southland Conference released its 2011 conference baseball awards on Monday morning. Head coach Ty Harrington was named the 2011 Southland Conference Coach of the Year and junior Carson Smith earned Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in a vote by conference coaches and sports information directors. Additionally, six Bobcats appeared on all-Southland Conference teams.
Texas State had four players on the All-Southland Conference First Team, including first baseman Casey Kalenkosky, second baseman Tyler Sibley, third baseman Kyle Kubitza and Smith. The Bobcats also had two players earn All-Southland Conference Second Team honors in catcher Andrew Stumph and outfielder Jeff McVaney.
Two Bobcats also appeared on the list of honorable mentions as Colton Turner and McVaney were both pitching honorable mentions.
Texas State’s six players on all-Southland Conference teams were the most of any school, while all 12 Southland Conference institutions had at least two players named to all-SLC teams.
Harrington was named the SLC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after also earning the distinction for the 2009 season. The 12th year head coach guided the Bobcats to a 35-20 overall record and 24-9 mark in the Southland Conference this season as the Bobcats captured their third consecutive Southland Conference regular season championship under his guidance.
After earning his 400th career victory earlier this season, Harrington has amassed a career record of 410-294 since joining Texas State in 2000. The winningest baseball head coach in Texas State history, he has led the Bobcats to at least 20 wins during Southland Conference action in five of the last six seasons, while the Bobcats have made two NCAA Regionals appearances during his tenure.
Harrington is the first Texas State baseball head coach to earn two SLC Coach of the Year honors.
Smith becomes the first Bobcat to earn back-to-back Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year honors after he also claimed the honor a season ago. A junior from Midland, Texas, Smith leads the Southland Conference with a 1.98 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings on the mound. He has an 8-3 record in 13 starts this season while holding opponents to just a .217 batting average.
Coach Harrington and the Bobcats now set their sights on the 2011 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, which begins on Wednesday at Bobcat Ballpark. The top-seeded Bobcats will play the No. 8 seed Nicholls Colonels at 7 p.m. in the first day of the double-elimination tournament.