Pilots place four on GCAC All-Conference Team
May 03, 2007
The LSUS Pilots have posted a 36-13 overall record thus far in 2007 and have earned a guaranteed birth in their third consecutive Region XIII Tournament. With team goals and accomplishments being the focal point at this point in the season, some individual performances by five LSUS athletes have been recognized by the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Brent Lavallee, Chris Frye, Daniel Welch, and Matt Clayman were announced to the 2007 GCAC 1st-Team All-Conference selections. In addition, Colin Moro was selected as a 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner.
#18 Colin Moro
RF—6’0—195—3rd-Year Senior—Calgary, Alberta (St. Francis HS)
Moro is a versatile player who could play anywhere in the outfield, but has become the best right fielder in LSUS history. He has the best throwing arm in the outfield which he uses as a weapon; it is both strong and accurate, which deters opponents from taking advantage of extra base opportunities. Moro has posted a .980 fielding percentage and has collected an LSUS single season record eight assists. Moro has also become the career outfield assist leader at LSUS with 14.
#39 Brent Lavallee
C—6’1—225—3rd-Junior—North Delta, British Columbia (Seaquam Secondary HS)
Lavallee has become the backbone of the Pilot pitching staff. While he has yet to throw a pitch in his career at LSUS, he has gained the confidence of the pitchers to throw any pitch at any time, and they expect “Lavs” to be able to handle it. His competitive spirit allows him to log a lot of innings. He has started 37 games behind the plate this season in which he has thrown out 6-of-37 base runners and has posted a .981 fielding percentage. Offensively, Lavallee has posted a .277 batting average which includes six homeruns, 10 doubles, and 28 RBI.
#10 Chris Frye
CF—6’0—205—5th-Year Senior—Minden, Louisiana (Minden HS)
This is Frye’s second GCAC All-Conference selection. He was voted All-Conference as a sophomore in 2004. In 2007, Frye has led the Pilots offense all season with a powerful performance at the plate while developing into the best center fielder in the GCAC. Frye leads the Pilots offense in nearly all categories which includes: runs (41); doubles (14); triples (7); homeruns (7); RBI (42); slugging percentage (.601); and stolen bases (25-of-26).
#29 Daniel Welch
RHP—6’3—180—5th-Year Senior—Bossier City, LA (Parkway HS)
Two years after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery, Welch has made the best of his second chance to pitch for the Pilots. His 7-1 record includes victories over No.2 Oklahoma City University; No. 9 Belhaven College; and Lindenwood University. In 57.1 innings pitched this season, Welch has held opponents to a .249 batting average while posting a 2.98ERA. He has struck out 48 batters while walking just 14. Welch’s numbers along with his leadership have been an instrumental part of Pilots success this season.
#31 Matthew Clayman
RHP—6’1—190—2nd-Year Senior—Georgetown, TX (Georgetown HS)
Clayman has developed into a legitimate professional baseball prospect. His ability to pitch at 90+MPH to compliment a major league caliber slider has earned him the 2007 GCAC Pitcher of the Year Award. His perfect 9-0 record this year was the reason the Pilots went undefeated on Friday night’s through the 2007 season. In a team leading 79.0 innings of work, he has held opponents to a .188 batting average and has posted a 2.62ERA. He has struck out 81 batters and tossed two complete games. Clayman also collected two saves against the No.2 OCU Stars. His athleticism on the mound also led him to a 2007 Rawlings Gold Glove Award.