Five Diamond ‘Dogs Receive All-Louisiana Honors
July 3, 2017
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech was one of just two schools to have four players named to the all-Louisiana squads, while one other Bulldog received honorable mention honors as released by the LSWA on Saturday night.
Brent Diaz, Nate Harris and Raphael Gladu were named first team all-Louisiana, while Jonathan Washam was placed on the second team. Jordan Washam also received honorable mention all-Louisiana honors.
The Bulldogs, alongside LSU, were the only schools in the state of Louisiana two place four players between the first and second teams. This marks the second consecutive season Louisiana Tech has placed at least four players on the all-Louisiana squads.
The team was selected by a panel of statewide media members and the state’s baseball sports information directors.
It will be just another award to add to the collection for Nate Harris who has already been named Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, a Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist, an all-America, along with all-Region and all-Conference USA honors.
The right-hander led Conference USA in nearly every category last season, including wins (8), saves (8), ERA (1.75), complete games (3), WHIP (0.90), walks allowed per nine innings (1.03) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.0).
Harris was the second Bulldog to come off the board in the MLB draft, as he was selected in the 21st round by the Colorado Rockies.
The first Bulldog to come off the board was the reliable, left-handed outfielder Raphael Gladu who was picked in the 16th round by the New York Mets. Gladu adds first team all-Louisiana honors alongside his first team all-Conference USA honors.
Gladu ended the regular season with the Conference USA batting title thanks to his league-high .381 batting average. Gladu scored 63 runs this season which ranks top-five in program history and leads all of Conference USA. He also led Louisiana Tech with 54 runs driven in this season, a mark that ranked fifth in C-USA. During the 2017 season, the lefty hit five game-tying or game-winning home runs, with four of those coming in the eighth inning or later.
The third Bulldog to be named first team all-Louisiana was also the third Bulldog to hear his named called in the draft in June. Catcher Brent Diaz was selected in the 29th round by the Milwaukee Brewers.
One of three finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, Diaz has also earned all-American honors and first team all-Conference USA honors.
Diaz ended the regular season, hitting at a .340 clip with 48 runs driven in. The Miami native also ranked top-10 in the country in hit-by-pitch with a school record 20. Diaz hit nine home runs and registered 19 doubles, while behind the dish he gunned down runners at over a 45-percent rate.
Jonathan Washam was the lone Bulldog named second team all-Louisiana. The right-handed bat was one of the ‘Dogs most consistent bats over the second-half of the season, also coming up with some huge hits over that span.
The senior hit .330 for the year, driving in 34 runs, scoring 30 more and blasting two home runs. A utility player for the Bulldogs, Washam spent time at first base, designated hitter, third base, left field and right field.
Jordan Washam hit .350 on the year on his way to second team all-conference honors. Washam ranks first in Conference USA in runs scored per game, after scoring 58 runs for the ‘Dogs this season in just 51 games. Washam has blasted nine home runs and doubled 19 times. Defensively, Washam has the fewest errors among players with 100 or more assists this season in Conference USA.
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