Four Warhawks Named to Southland Conference’s 1980s All-Decade Team
Note: The Southland Conference's Todd Lamb contributed to this report.
FRISCO, Texas -- The Southland Conference released Tuesday its 1980s All-Decade Team as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration with Chuck Finley, Terry Matthews, Joe Sims and Frank Tornabenne earning a spot on the All-Decade Team.
Finley played for ULM during 1984 and 1985 seasons and is one of two Warhawks to be drafted in the first round. He played 18 seasons in the major leagues with the California/Anaheim Angels, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals. Finley won 200 career games and struck out 2,610 batters during his MLB career.
Terry Mathews spent four seasons in Monroe (1984-87) and the designated hitter/pitcher was an All-Southland selection in 1987. He played in the major leagues from 1991-99 and spent time with the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins), Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.
Joe Sims (1985-86) was a two-time All-Southland selection as an outfielder. He led the squad in home runs both seasons as he totaled nine in 1985 and tied for team lead in 1986 (15 HRs). Sims also lead the Warhawks with 35 RBI during the 1985 season.
Frank Tornabenne (1983-84) was also a two-time All-Southland selection as an outfielder. In 1983 he led the squad with a .319 batting average.