Finfer, Martin Earn All-Conference USA Honors

May 23, 2017

IRVING, Texas – Marshall senior Sam Finfer and sophomore Wade Martin were selected to the Conference USA all-conference teams as announced by league officials on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Finfer was selected to the first team, while Martin was placed on the second team. It’s the first time that either were named to an All-Conference USA team.
 
“Congratulations to Sam and Wade,” head coach Jeff Waggoner said. “This is a great honor for the both of them. They worked hard this season and I’m excited to see it being recognized.”
 
Finfer earned a spot on the first team after turning in a strong senior season. The Bellevue, Wash., native leads Conference USA with 18 home runs and a .692 slugging percentage. His 18 homers is tied for the fifth-best in a single season in Herd history. His home run total ranks eighth in the NCAA this season. Finfer finished the season hitting .338, while holding a team-high 68 hits, 17 doubles, 51 RBI, 139 total bases and a .410 on-base percentage. He had 19 multi-hit games, including two of four hits. He was second on the team with 11 multi-RBI games. Finfer was also a threat on the base paths as he had eight stolen bases on nine attempts.
 
Martin was the only Thundering Herd pitcher to start every game that he appeared in this season, ranking 20th in the NCAA with 14 starts. The Wheelersburg, Ohio native pitched a team-high 87 innings and had 77 strikeouts. He finished with a 3-4 record and a 4.24 ERA. He had Conference USA wins over UAB and UTSA. Martin led Conference USA for batters struck out looking with 21, while ranking fifth for strikeouts (56) in league action. He held opposing hitters to a .237 batting average, good for seventh in C-USA play. He was recently named to the Conference USA all-academic team.
 
The Thundering Herd finished in ninth place in Conference USA this season with a 25-29 (12-18 C-USA) record. The 25-win mark is the seventh-most in a single season in Herd history.
 
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2017 CONFERENCE USA BASEBALL AWARDS
 
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dylan Burdeaux, Sr., 1B, Southern Miss
 
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Nate Harris, Sr., RHP, Louisiana Tech
 
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Matt Wallner, Fr., OF, Southern Miss
 
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Jared Young, Jr., 2B, Old Dominion
 
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zach Rutherford, Jr., SS, Old Dominion
 
KEITH LeCLAIR COACH OF THE YEAR
Scott Berry, Southern Miss
 
ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
Chad Caillet, Southern Miss
 
FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
IF                Dylan Burdeaux, Sr., Southern Miss
IF                Tyler Frank, Sr., Florida Atlantic
IF                Zach Rutherford, Jr., Old Dominion
IF                Jared Young, Jr., Old Dominion
OF              T.J. Nichting, Sr., Charlotte
OF              Raphael Gladu, Sr., Louisiana Tech
OF              Sam Finfer, Sr., Marshall
C                Brent Diaz, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DH             Aaron Aucker, Jr., Middle Tennessee
UT              Taylor Braley, Jr., Southern Miss
SP              Adam Bainbridge, Sr., Old Dominion
SP              Nate Harris, Sr., Louisiana Tech
SP              Colton Laws, So., Charlotte
SP              Kirk McCarty, Sr., Southern Miss
RP              Nick Sandlin, So., Southern Miss
RP              Colt Smith, Jr., Southern Miss
 
SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
IF                Riley Delgado, Sr., Middle Tennessee
IF                JC Escarra, Jr., FIU
IF                Chase Lunceford, Sr., Louisiana Tech
IF                Brett Netzer, Jr., Charlotte
IF                Jordan Washam, Sr., Louisiana Tech
OF              Brewer Hicklen, So., UAB
OF              Mason Irby, Jr., Southern Miss
OF              Matt Wallner, Fr., Southern Miss
C                Dominic DiCaprio, So., Rice
DH             Jared Shouppe, Sr., Florida Atlantic
UT              Dane Myers, Jr., Rice
SP              Zach Flanagan, Charlotte
SP              Tyler Giovanoni, UTSA
SP              Thomas Lowery, UAB
SP              Wade Martin, Marshall
RP              Karl Craigie, Sr., UTSA
RP              Cameron Ragsdale, Sr., Florida Atlantic
 
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
1B              Vinnie Pasquantino, Old Dominion
OF              Eric Rivera, Florida Atlantic
OF              Kyle Battle, Old Dominion
OF              Matt Wallner, Southern Miss
C                Zack Smith, Charlotte
P                Matt Brooks, Charlotte
P                Nick MacDonald, FIU
P                Tyler Myrick, FIU
P                Kyle Griffen, Louisiana Tech
P                John Wilson, Old Dominion
P                Matt Canterino, Rice

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