The Great American Conference has named its 2019 All-GAC teams. University of Arkansas-Monticello head coach John Harvey was named Coach of the Year, Matt Lundh was named Pitcher of the Year, and Cade Thompson was named Freshman of the Year, according to a GAC news announcement.
Lundh, Thompson and Harvey helped lead the Weevils to their second consecutive regular-season championship. Lundh went 7-0 with a 3.19 ERA to become the first Weevil to win the Pitcher of the Year award. He struck out 76 batters in only 59.1 innings of work. He limited his opposition to a .235 average. Lundh was also named a GAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete.
Cade Thompson followed teammate Jordan Johnson in claiming the Freshman of the Year accolade. Johnson won it last year. Thompson’s .380 average ranked sixth and his .461 on-base percentage ranked seventh. He added 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts.
UAM Coach John Harvey joins Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Zach Saunders as the GAC’s only two two-time Coach of the Year recipients.
Lundh was one of only two unanimous selections to the All-GAC First Team. He hit .356 with 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 runs scored. Arkansas Tech’s Dylan McDearmon was also a unanimous selection. UAM outfielders John Mauldin and David Reyna, and UAM first baseman Kaleb Warden also made the All-GAC First Team. Reyna closed the regular season as one of only two GAC players with a .400 average. His .696 slugging percentage ranked third and he successfully stole 15 bases in 17 attempts. Warden’s 13 home runs ranked third in the GAC and his 46 RBI placed sixth. Mauldin added 12 home runs and a .632 slugging percentage.
In addition to being named Freshman of the Year, Cade Thompson headlined the All-GAC Second Team. Two of his teammates, reliever Ojani Chacon and catcher Andrew Piraino, joined him on the Second Team.
Arkansas-Monticello’s Hunter Huckabee, Jordan Johnson and Dylan Borman made the All-GAC Honorable Mention Team. Johnson and teammate Brodie Threet were also named to the nine-member GAC All-Defensive Team.
Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Johnnuelle Ponce won Player of the Year and Harding’s Ryder Yakel was named Newcomer of the Year.